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Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco on path for rehab assignment next week
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 31, 2014 at 06:23 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Twins Opening Day starter Ricky Nolasco (flexor pronator) threw his second bullpen with no issues on Thursday and said he is on track to start a minor-league rehab assignment next week. In addition to regular long toss and a bullpen session of 30-40 pitches, Nolasco also simulated two innings of 15-20 pitches with a stand-in hitter. He sat down between the “innings” as if the

Twinsights: Twins sign Kurt Suzuki to two-year contract extension
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 31, 2014 at 03:59 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kurt Suzuki is going to stay for a while after all. The Twins and the all-star catcher have agreed to a two-year contract extension for $12 million -- $6 million in each of the next two seasons. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2017, also at $6 million. The vesting option is based on plate appearances in 2016. That figure is considered reachable provided Suzuki sta

Twinsights: Twins deal Fuld for Milone, recall Kennys Vargas
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sam Fuld spent only three months with the Twins after they claimed him off waivers in April. Thursday morning, hours before the 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, the Twins shipped the veteran outfielder back to the Oakland A’s in exchange for 27-year-old left-hander Tommy Milone. Milone went 6-3 with a 3.55 earned run average in 96 1/3 innings with the A’s this season. He wen

Twinsights: Brian Duensing could draw trade interest as he moves closer to free agency
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 30, 2014 at 06:47 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Boston’s Andrew Miller and Philadelphia’s Antonio Bastardo lead the list of left-handed relievers that could be on the move in advance of Thursday’s 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, but Brian Duensing figures to draw interest as well. According to a source, the Twins have yet to approach Duensing’s camp about a possible multiyear contract despite the fact he’s pitched to a ca

Twinsights: Family a key factor in Josh Willingham’s baseball future
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 30, 2014 at 06:05 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ask Josh Willingham if he has decided whether to play beyond this season, and the Twins slugger gives a thoughtful pause. “I could play five more years or two,” Willingham, 35, said recently. “I don’t know. Obviously the family thing is a big part. We have three kids. They enjoy being around the clubhouse too.” This is the family trip for the Twins, which means Willingham and

Twinsights: Mike Radcliff to be inducted into Professional Scouts Hall of Fame
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Radcliff, Twins vice president of player personnel and a member of the organization since 1987, will be inducted Saturday in St. Paul into the Professional Scouts Hall of Fame. The St. Paul Saints will hold the induction before their game at Midway Stadium. Radcliff, a 1979 graduate of the University of Missouri, began his career as an area scout with the Major League Sc

Twinsights: Berrios’ shoulder feeling better after Trenton scare, source says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Twins pitching prospect Jose Orlando Berrios had to walk off the mound on Tuesday night at Trenton, N.J., but his throwing shoulder was feeling much better on Wednesday morning. “Jose’s fine,” said a person with direct knowledge. “No pain, no tightness today. No need for further medical exam.” Berrios, 20, was removed from his fourth start at Double-A New Britain on Tuesday n

Twinsights: J.O. Berrios leaves New Britain start with shoulder tightness
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 29, 2014 at 09:11 PM

KANSAS CITY -- Fast-rising Twins pitching prospect J.O. Berrios was removed from his fourth start at Double-A New Britain on Tuesday night with what a source termed right shoulder tightness. The ballyhooed right-hander, who started the All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Target Field, threw just 48 pitches -- half of them for strikes -- before being removed with two outs in the second inning at A

Twinsights: MRI shows no issues in Kohl Stewart’s shoulder
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 29, 2014 at 08:29 PM

KANSAS CITY -- Twins Class A right-hander Kohl Stewart underwent an MRI in the Twin Cities this week after complaining of tightness in his throwing shoulder. The MRI revealed no structural issues, Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said, and an examination by Twins medical director Dr. John Steubs also found no problems. Stewart, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, first reported

Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco healthy, encouraged after first bullpen session
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 29, 2014 at 06:11 PM

KANSAS CITY -- Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco threw in the bullpen for about 10 minutes Tuesday afternoon and came away encouraged. Even though he threw only fastballs and changeups, saving breaking balls for Thursday’s follow-up session, Nolasco was upbeat about his chances of returning to the mound somewhere soon. “I feel good,” Nolasco said. ‘I’ll be able to tell more (Wednesday), but I’m f

Twinsights: Class A reliever Hudson Boyd draws indefinite team suspension
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 29, 2014 at 04:23 PM

KANSAS CITY -- Class A Cedar Rapids closer Hudson Boyd has been suspended by the Twins for an undisclosed violation of team rules. According to Brad Steil, Twins director of minor league operations, the suspension is “indefinite as of right now.” Boyd, 21, was taken 55th overall in the 2011 draft out of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. Boyd received a $1 million signing bonus and has

Twinsights: Struggling Andrew Albers must deal with Korean robot fans
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 29, 2014 at 01:17 PM

KANSAS CITY -- It was a little less a year ago that Andrew Albers came within two outs of a complete-game shutout in his big-league debut right here at Kauffman Stadium. Now, the former Twins left-hander and independent league survivor finds himself on the other side of the world, struggling to a 6.40 earned run average and 4-8 record with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. A

Twinsights: Vance Worley gem a reminder of lean times for Twins rotation
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 29, 2014 at 01:05 PM

KANSAS CITY -- Vance Worley’s complete-game, four-hit shutout on Monday night at San Francisco wasn’t just another cruel twist for a Twins organization that sold the 26-year-old right-hander to the Pittsburgh Pirates in March. It was another reminder of how rare such performances have become for the Twins. Since the start of the 2012 season, Twins pitchers have managed just two complete-game shu

Twinsights: Extension for Kurt Suzuki “would be awesome,” Glen Perkins says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 26, 2014 at 08:35 PM

No one in the Twins’ front office has asked for Glen Perkins’ thoughts on whether the team should sign all-star catcher Kurt Suzuki to a contract extension. However, the veteran closer and union representative has no doubt what he would say. “If they asked my opinion, I would give them my opinion -- the same opinion I’m giving you,” Perkins said. “I’ve loved throwing to him. Personally, I would

Twinsights: Rehab stint hasn’t been broached yet with Joe Mauer
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 26, 2014 at 04:59 PM

Joe Mauer took a day off from swings Saturday but still took grounders during batting practice. Mauer said he hasn’t been asked about going on a rehab stint but he’s been on the disabled list for 25 days and counting. His only appearance at Triple-A Rochester was a five-game rehab assignment in 2004. When it was noted Red Wings fans hadn’t seen him in a decade, Mauer smiled and said, “I hope the

Twinsights: Ryan Pressly’s rapid weight loss wasn’t by design
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 26, 2014 at 04:47 PM

The first thing Twins manager Ron Gardenhire noted upon seeing right-hander Ryan Pressly return to his bullpen was how trim he looked. “He looks great,” Gardenhire said. “He’s in great shape.” Turns out Pressly had dropped 20 pounds at one point this season with Triple-A Rochester, but it wasn’t by design. “I was kind of panicking a little bit,” Pressly said. “I went up to our strength guy down

Twinsights: Gardenhire calls team meeting amid nightmare homestand
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 26, 2014 at 04:29 PM

With the Twins in the midst of a freefall during their most pivotal homestand of the season, manager Ron Gardenhire called a team meeting after Friday night’s ugly 9-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Gardenhire spoke to the team after it suffered its sixth loss in eight games to open the second half. With Kendrys Morales already shipped to Seattle and several other veterans’ names being mentioned

Postgame Twinsights: Logan Darnell ready to make Target Field debut
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM

When Logan Darnell made his big-league debut on May 6 at Cleveland, he didn't have time to get nervous. Thrown into the game in relief of Sam Deduno, the 25-year-old left-hander tossed three perfect innings, striking out one and getting a laugh out of juiced-up radar gun at Progressive Field that showed his fastball humming at 95 mph. This time, after being called up from Triple-A Rochester, Dar

Twinsights: Phil Hughes not expected to miss a start
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 25, 2014 at 07:35 PM

--Right-hander Phil Hughes should be able to make his next start, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, after taking an Adam Dunn shot off his right shin in Thursday’s loss. Hughes reported soreness but said it was “not as bad as he through it might be,” Gardenhire said. “I think he’ll make his next start," Gardenhire added. " I don’t think there will be any problem with that.” With Monday's off d

Twinsights: Kendrys Morales made an impact in Twins’ Latin Quarter
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press July 25, 2014 at 06:29 PM

Kendrys Morales hit just one home run in the 39 games he played for the Twins, but his absence is already being felt in the Latin Quarter of the clubhouse. “We learned from him a lot,” Twins utility man Eduardo Nunez said. “He knows a lot about baseball and he would talk to us a lot. Sometimes it’s hard for him explain everything to an American guy because he doesn’t speak English, but for the La