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Twinsights: Ervin Santana ends rehab assignment with a flourish
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 30, 2015 at 09:27 PM

Twins right-hander Ervin Santana tossed eight scoreless innings for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday in the final tune-up of his three-start rehab assignment. Santana, slated to make his Twins debut on Sunday in Kansas City, gave up five hits (all singles), walked none and struck out five Pawtucket Red Sox. Santana, serving an 80-game steroid suspension, threw 99 pitches (70 strikes). His Rochester e

Twinsights: Surging Max Kepler 'learning the nuances' of center field
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 30, 2015 at 06:45 PM

CINCINNATI -- In less than two weeks, Max Kepler will be at Great American Ball Park for the All-Star Futures Game. After making three starts in center field over his past 13 games for Double-A Chattanooga, Kepler appears to be gaining momentum as well as additional avenues to the major leagues. “Max is probably faster than most people think he is,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “He’s a big kid

Twinsights: Nick Burdi demoted, Zack Jones lands on DL at Double-A
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 30, 2015 at 05:09 PM

CINCINNATI --Tuesday was a tough day for the high-powered bullpen at Double-A Chattanooga. Right-hander Nick Burdi, a second-round pick out of Louisville in 2014, was demoted to Class A Fort Myers after posting a 5.93 ERA in 22 games (30 1/3 innings) at Double-A Chattanooga. Burdi, rated the Twins’ No. 7 prospect by Baseball America after a dazzling pro debut, struck out 9.79 batters per nine inni

Twinsights: Trevor Plouffe recounts attempted tag on Billy Hamilton
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 30, 2015 at 04:45 PM

CINCINNATI--Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe had temporary numbness in his left index finger after an attempted tag on Cincinnati Reds speedster Billy Hamilton on Monday night. Plouffe's surgically repaired left ulna, fractured in a similar play last September against Arizona’s A.J. Pollock, was not compromised. “Kurt (Suzuki) threw him out,” Plouffe said of Monday’s steal of third. “I put a tag

Twinsights: Jose Berrios climbs the ladder again
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 30, 2015 at 12:27 PM

CINCINNATI -- Twins right-hander Jose Berrios won't just be making his second straight trip to the All-Star Futures Game here on July 12. He will be coming to Great American Ball Park as as Triple-A pitcher. Berrios, 21, announced his long-expected promotion to the Rochester Red Wings on his Twitter account Tuesday morning. In 15 starts this season for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts, Berrios ha

Morning Twinsights: Why aren't the Twins better at bunting?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 30, 2015 at 10:27 AM

CINCINNATI -- Paul Molitor loves nothing more than a well-executed, perfectly timed bunt single. So it clearly drives him up a wall to see his first Twins team struggle to keep the ball fair -- or just bunt in the wrong direction -- when trying to bunt for hits. That's what happened again Monday night when, trailing 9-7 in the sixth, Danny Santana bunted on his own. It went as a sacrifice because

Postgame Twinsights: What did Joe Mauer say to Bob Davidson?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 30, 2015 at 06:09 AM

CINCINNATI --After swinging through a 101-mph fastball from Reds closer Aroldis Chapman to end Monday's 11-7 loss, Joe Mauer shared a few quick thoughts with plate umpire Bob Davidson. Mauer was still ticked about a pair of called strikes against him on pitches at 100 mph after he took ball one to start the all-triple-digits confrontation. "I told (Davidson) they were balls, pretty much," Mauer sa

Twinsights: Brian Dozier has his manager's full all-star endorsement
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 29, 2015 at 05:57 PM

CINCINNATI --Brian Dozier may or may not return to Great American Ball Park when the All-Star Game lands here in two weeks. Twins manager Paul Molitor, however, has no doubt his second baseman would be a worthy selection. “Absolutely,” Molitor said Monday. “I see him every day. I know what he’s meant to this team and I know the kind of year he’s having. He’s been an all-star for us, no doubt about

Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco headed to Charlotte for another ankle exam
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 29, 2015 at 04:27 PM

CINCINNATI --Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco will travel to Charlotte, N.C., to have his ailing right ankle examined on Thursday by Dr. Robert Anderson, co-chair of the NFL’s foot and ankle committee. Nolasco, who last pitched on May 31, has had to cut short multiple bullpen sessions despite taking a cortisone shot and being fitted for orthotic inserts. Anderson, the team orthopedist for the NFL’

Twinsights: Wander Javier gets more Baseball America love
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 29, 2015 at 09:51 AM

Thursday marks the start of the 2015-16 international signing period. So where does Dominican shortstop Wander Javier, expected to sign with the Twins for a rumored $4 million bonus, rate in Baseball America's newly released Best International Tools exercise? Javier, 16, is tied with countryman Ronny Brito for best infield arm and draws honorable mention of sorts for most exciting player. "For pur

Twinsights: Aaron Hicks undergoes MRI on throwing arm
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 21, 2015 at 03:21 PM

Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks underwent an MRI on his strained right forearm that revealed no structural concerns. Placed on the disabled list one week ago, Hicks continues to play catch and take soft toss in hopes of returning as soon as June 29 at Cincinnati. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the team is still hopeful Hicks will be able to return without a minor-league rehab assignment. --Twi

Twinsights: Despite pain Eduardo Nunez wasn't leaving the field
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 21, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Eduardo Nunez was back in the lineup Sunday at designated hitter, batting sixth two days after taking a Kyle Hendricks sinker off his knuckles. Twins manager Paul Molitor referenced “some tenderness and soreness” in Nunez’s affected area but said there were “no issues in terms of hand strength.” Nunez, who was down on the ground for more than a minute after suffering the injury on a full swing, sa

Twinsights: Byron Buxton slowly trending better at the plate
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 21, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor dropped another hint Sunday morning that Byron Buxton might return to the minor leagues once Aaron Hicks (right forearm) is ready to come off the disabled list. “At least until we figure out where this thing is going to go, he’s going to be out there,” Molitor said. “We need him defensively. His presence at the bottom of the lineup, while it hasn’t been productive yet, i

Postgame Twinsights: Trevor May keeps the quality starts rolling
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 20, 2015 at 07:39 PM

Twins starter Trevor May repeatedly worked out of jams Saturday, allowing only a single run on Anthony Rizzo’s two-out slap single to beat the shift in the third. May struck out the side in his final inning, a 30-pitch sixth. He finished with seven strikeouts and two walks while lowering his season earned run average to 4.03. "Trevor hung in there," Twins manager Paul Molitor said after May held t

Twinsights: Eduardo Nunez remains loyal to 'mentor' Alex Rodriguez
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 20, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Twins shortstop Eduardo Nunez was out of the lineup Saturday after taking a Kyle Hendricks sinker off his knuckles the night before. “He took a pretty good shot there,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “He’s a little sore, but he’s available.” Eduardo Escobar took the place of Nunez, who had made four straight starts at shortstop after going until last Saturday without playing there for a single i

Twinsights: Byron Buxton reached out to David Dahl
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 20, 2015 at 11:33 AM

The irony was not lost on Twins center fielder Byron Buxton. A little over three weeks ago, Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl was involved in a harrowing collision in right center field at Double-A New Britain. Dahl, who collided with the second baseman, was rushed to the hospital and ultimately elected to have his spleen removed in emergency surgery. Nine months earlier in that same ballpark,

Twinsights: Danny Santana making necessary improvements at Rochester
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 20, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Ten games into his refresher course at Triple-A Rochester, Danny Santana seems to be pleasing his bosses. A three-hit game in Friday’s 7-3 win over Louisville included his fourth double and his fourth walk since being demoted. The switch-hitting shortstop was hitting .366 in 41 at-bats with a .413 on- base percentage. “His at-bats have been good,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “He’s taken a cou

Postgame Twinsights: Byron Buxton hanging tough despite slow start
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 20, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Byron Buxton had another tough night at the plate Friday. The Twins center fielder went 0 for 4 with a strikeout and a pair of popups as he failed to hit the ball out of the infield. Now 2 for 20 (.100) with seven strikeouts and hitless in five at-bats with runners in scoring position, Buxton will almost certainly be back in there Saturday against Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. "I’m not thin

Twinsights: Paul Molitor riffs on his bobbleheads
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 19, 2015 at 09:21 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor was asked before Friday’s game about the bobblehead giveaway in his honor. “I haven’t seen it,” he said. “I didn’t even know they were doing one until I saw it on the board last homestand.” As it turned out, the bobblehead looked more like comedian Norm Macdonald than the hall of famer in the Twins’ dugout. When someone mentioned how rare it is for the bobblehead to rese

Twinsights: Byron Buxton reflects on his first-ever BP round at Target Field
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press June 19, 2015 at 06:09 PM

Watching Twins fourth-rounder Trey Cabbage take batting practice in his group before Friday’s game brought back memories for Byron Buxton. Three years ago, an 18-year-old Buxton was given the same experience at Target Field after signing for $6 million as the second overall pick in the 2012 draft. “It was very nerve-wracking,” Buxton said with a smile. “Especially me: Not very talkative, come from