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Twinsights: Kohl Stewart scratched with shoulder soreness
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM

With Class A center fielder Byron Buxton now at five games missed (and counting) with a sore right wrist, the Twins got another dose of bad news about one of their top pitching prospects. Right-hander Kohl Stewart was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday night for Class A Cedar Rapids due to "a little shoulder soreness," according to Brad Steil, Twins director of minor league operation

Postgame Twinsights: What happened to Matt Guerrier out there?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

It's hard to say what hurt more for Matt Guerrier: Giving up four runs in a 30-pitch nightmare that saw the Cleveland Indians bat around in the top of the ninth inning or the sight of Ron Gardenhire heading out to the mound with assistant athletic training Lanning Tucker in tow. Carlos Santana had just blasted his third extra-base hit of the night, a double to right, and those in the Twins dugout

Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco getting closer to first bullpen session
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 22, 2014 at 08:11 PM

Briefly --Opening Day starter Ricky Nolasco extended his long-toss program up to 150 feet on Tuesday and is getting closer to throwing his first light bullpen since landing on the disabled list July 7. --Class A Fort Myers center fielder Byron Buxton (right wrist) was not in the lineup for a fourth straight game. He is day to day. --Triple-A Rochester left-hander Logan Darnell will receive stro

Twinsights: Brian Dozier wins Twins Heart and Hustle Award
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 22, 2014 at 06:17 PM

Fresh off a surprise turn at the Home Run Derby, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has picked up another honor. He was voted this year’s Twins winner for the Heart and Hustle Award, which is sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and given to players for “their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.” “It’s something I definitely treasure

Twinsights: Jason Kipnis’ oblique battle could be instructive for Joe Mauer
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 22, 2014 at 05:41 PM

Joe Mauer spoke only briefly with Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis this week. Considering the oblique injury they now share in common, Mauer might want to pick his fellow all-star’s brain a bit. “I wouldn’t use the word ‘progress.’ I’d use the word ‘adjustment,’ “ Kipnis told “As far as the oblique goes, it’s going to be there all year. It’s not going to go away until

Postgame Twinsights: Caleb Thielbar comes through
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

--On a steamy night when the Twins bullpen was asked to secure the final 12 outs, Caleb Thielbar got five of them.  Not bad for a situational left-hander that hadn't worked in 12 days, going back to July 9 at Seattle. Thielbar's last clean outing came on July 6 against the New York Yankees, when he worked two scoreless innings. He said he hasn't been tweaking anything during the layoff, just wai

Twinsights: What’s with Kendrys Morales playing so much first base?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 21, 2014 at 06:23 PM

After making just five starts at first base in his first month with the Twins, Kendrys Morales is starting to put down roots in the field. Monday’s start against Cleveland marked the sixth in the past seven games for Morales at first. Fellow first basemen Chris Parmelee and Chris Colabello also were in Monday’s lineup, but they were used in right field and at designated hitter, respectively. “I

Twinsights: Kris Johnson hopes to impress Monday night against Cleveland
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Kris Johnson went home for a tune-up during the all-star break. The Twins left-hander hopes the results are evident Monday night, when he makes his third big-league start this season and just the fourth of his late-blooming career. Chris Egleston, who has been Johnson’s pitching coach in the Kansas City area since he was 9 years old, attended Johnson’s bullpen session on Tuesday. “He watched me

Postgame Twinsights: Gardenhire reaches 1,000 career losses
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 20, 2014 at 07:53 PM

Postgame Twinsights: --Sunday's loss was the 1,000th of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire’s career. He becomes the 50th manager to reach that unwanted milestone. Of those ahead of him, however, 26 are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.. Just four other active managers have 1,000 career losses: Bruce Bochy (Giants), Buck Showalter (Orioles), Mike Scioscia (Angels) and Terry Francona (Indians). Th

Twinsights: Would Joe Mauer be sent on a rehab assignment?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 20, 2014 at 02:17 PM

Joe Mauer took dry swings on Sunday for the first time since landing on the disabled list June 2 with a strained right oblique. “That’s a good sign,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. “Everything is moving in the right direction.” It has not been determined yet if Mauer will go out on a rehab assignment once he’s fully recovered. “We haven’t discussed that yet,” Ryan said. “I’d have to tal

Twinsights: Danny Santana’s swing is “out of whack,” Gardy says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Rookie leadoff man Danny Santana was left out of Sunday’s lineup so he could work on his swing with Twins hitting coach Tom Brunansky. Santana, 23, went 0 for 11 with three strikeouts on a three-game rehab assignment at Class A Fort Myers. Since returning to the Twins on Friday to open the second half, Santana was 1 for 9 with six strikeouts. “He was flat-footing everything,” Twins manager Ron G

Max Scherzer on all-star controversy: “You’ve got to earn it”
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 16, 2014 at 05:23 PM

Whichever explanation you believe from Adam Wainwright -- that he did or did not groove a pitch to Derek Jeter on Tuesday’s first-inning double -- Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer just knows one thing. He wouldn’t do anybody any favors, all-star game or no all-star game. “When you’re out there and it’s a game and things are on the line, you want to win,” Scherzer, the reigning American L

Twinsights: Mets all-star Daniel Murphy tells Twins-farmhand brother to stay home
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 15, 2014 at 04:47 PM

Twins minor-league outfielder Jonathan Murphy wanted to make the four-hour drive up from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to watch his older brother at his first All-Star Game. The Kernels even had a rare off day, which made the idea seem like even more of a no-brainer. “I talked him out of it,” New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy said. “I know how precious off days can be in the minor leagues. They re

Twinsights: Mike Pelfrey “more than capable” of completing comeback, agent says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 15, 2014 at 03:05 PM

Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey has circled Sept. 3 for his first possible bullpen session following June 10 surgery to decompress a nerve in his throwing elbow. Could Pelfrey make it back to the mound by the end of the season? “Mike is a competitor,” agent Scott Boras said of his client. “I want to make sure he’s healthy and ready for next year. If he can do that and pitch this year, fine, but

Twinsights: Tom Gordon tells son Nick to focus on playing for Elizabethton Twins
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 14, 2014 at 06:59 PM

Twins first-round pick Nick Gordon was at Target Field a little over a month ago for his introductory news conference. If it had been up to the 18-year-old shortstop, taken fifth overall on June 5, he would have received permission to make a return visit to watch older brother Dee play in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. “Oh, man. That’s all he talked about,” Tom “Flash” Gordon, the players’ fat

Twinsights: Kendrys Morales still “likes Minnesota” despite slow start, agent says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 14, 2014 at 06:11 PM

When Kendrys Morales agreed to a one-year deal with the Twins on June 7, it caught the baseball world by surprise. So far, so good, his agent Scott Boras said Monday. “He likes it here,” Boras said at the Hyatt Regency. “He likes Minnesota Read more..

Twinsights: Alex Meyer ready for “all levels,” agent Scott Boras says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 14, 2014 at 05:53 PM

One day after watching client Alex Meyer blow through the World Team lineup in four pitches at the All-Star Futures Game, agent Scott Boras praised the Twins for their handling of their top pitching prospect. “The Minnesota Twins are very good at making good baseball decisions,” Boras said Monday at the Hyatt Regency. “When you have a pitcher that big and that strong, how yo... Read more..

Twinsights: “I want to contend. I believe we can,” Brian Dozier says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 13, 2014 at 11:23 PM

DENVER -- Did the Twins just postpone a fire sale? No one expected the Twins to start selling off pieces until after the all-star circus left town, but after going 5-2 on a road trip through Seattle and Colorado, the Twins were enjoying a Rocky Mountain High. John Denver's... Read more..

Twinsights: Kyle Gibson on getting the ball to start the second half
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 13, 2014 at 02:41 PM

DENVER -- It’s not official, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire all but guaranteed left-hander Kris Johnson a spot in the rotation once the second half opens Friday against Tampa Bay. “Mr. Johnson should be in there,” Gardenhire said Sunday. “We’ll figure out what day he pitches. Right now Johnson is with us. We’re n... Read more..

Twinsights: Chris Parmelee learns about RISP drought after it ends
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 13, 2014 at 02:29 PM

DENVER -- It would be inaccurate to say a load had been lifted from Chris Parmelee’s shoulders with Saturday’s eighth-inning pinch single that scored two runs. That’s because the Twins outfielder had no idea until afterward he had been hitless in 28 at-bats this year with runners in scoring position. “Somebody said the announcers for the Colorado team were wearing me out about it, apparently,” P