Minnesota Twins — as of April 23, 2017

2017/04/25

Up:

     Robbie Grossman, DH, OF: April 23 – Robbie Grossman started the year off batting in the #2 slot against LHP and uncertain about his role against RHP. Following a hot start, though, it appears that he’s going to play regularly against both – and from the middle of the batting order, too.

     Taylor Rogers, RP, Setup: April 23 – Taylor Rogers seems to have hurdled Ryan Pressly in the competition to serve as the Twins’ Setup man and next in line to Closer Brandon Kintzler.

Down:

     Joe Mauer, 1B: April 23 – Joe Mauer appears to have lost a little bit of value. He started the season off batting in the middle of the order and he’ll still see a fair bit of AB there. However, in the last week or so, he’s also started to take some swings from the #2 slot in the batting order.

     Byron Buxton, OF: April 23 – After starting the first 4 games of the year in the #3 spot, Byron Buxton has been switched to the bottom of the batting order and, in particular, seems to have settled into the #9 slot, appearing there in 8 of the team’s last 10 games.

     Ryan Pressly, RP, Setup: April 23 – Due to a very poor start to the season, Ryan Pressly appears to have slipped further down the Twins’ bullpen depth chart. He started the year as the teams’s Setup man and backup to Closer Brandon Kintzler but he may now be slipping behind Taylor Rogers in those roles and finding himself in a fight with a couple of other hurlers just to see an appropriate number of innings.

In:

     Kennys Vargas, 1B, DH: Apr 23 – 9:17 AM (Rotoworld) — Twins recalled 1B/DH Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

Vargas was batting .227 with two home runs in the early going with Rochester. He doesn’t figure to see much playing time with Robbie Grossman faring so well in the DH spot.

Out:

     Glen Perkins, RP, Closer: Apr 11 – 6:35 PM (Rotoworld) — Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw another 25-pitch bullpen session today.

It was his first time throwing off a mound on two days of rest since last year’s shoulder surgery. If everything continues to go smoothly, the veteran LHP could be an option for the Twins around early-to-mid June.

     Apr 2 – 2:20 PM (Rotoworld) — Twins placed LHP Glen Perkins on the 60-day disabled list.

Perkins’ recovery from major shoulder surgery has been going well of late but he still needs time. The hope is that he’ll join the bullpen sometime before the All-Star break.

     Mar 19 – 12:55 PM (St. Paul Pioneer Press/Rotoworld) — The Twins have not ruled out putting Glen Perkins (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list to start the season.

The 10-day DL is viewed as the most likely scenario but the 60-day DL is possible if the club is still unsure about a projected return date. The Twins’ brass is expected to meet soon to discuss Perkins’ situation. The former closer has been throwing the last few weeks without issue and is slated to go through another 20-pitch bullpen session later today.

     Feb 18 – 5:18 PM (St. Paul Pioneer Press/Rotoworld) — Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw a successful 15-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

It was his second bullpen since undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in June. Twins manager Paul Molitor estimated that Perkins was throwing at about 75 percent effort. Perkins also took part in fielding drills including throwing to bases. Perkins is making definite progress but is still a long shot for Opening Day and could begin the year on the disabled list.

     Feb 14 – 2:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw 15 pitches off the mound today.

Perkins was originally expected to throw off a mound last Friday, February 11, but that was scratched after he experienced renewed discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder. Assuming he bounces back okay from today’s session, he’ll do some long tossing on Thursday, February 17. Still, he’s a major question mark for the start of the 2017 season. Brandon Kintzler currently projects to begin the year as Minnesota’s closer.

     Feb 9 – 3:38 PM (Rotoworld) — Glen Perkins is experiencing renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

Perkins had been aiming to throw off a mound on Friday, February 11, but that plan was scrapped Thursday after the veteran reliever felt a familiar catch behind his left shoulder while doing flat-ground work. Perkins made only two appearances last season — both in April — and he is obviously now questionable for the beginning of the 2017 campaign. Brandon Kintzler is set to open as the Twins’ closer.

     Jan 28 – 5:56 PM (Rotoworld)Glen Perkins (shoulder) is hoping to throw off a mound by Monday, February 7.

The LHP will head to the Twins’ spring training facility on Tuesday, January 31. Perkins has been long-tossing up to 120 feet and seems to be making good progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery. It remains unclear if Perkins will be ready for Opening Day or if he’ll reclaim the closer role from Brandon Kintzler.

     Buddy Boshers, RP: Apr 23 – 6:16 PM (Rotoworld) — Twins optioned LHP Buddy Boshers to Triple-A Rochester

The 28-year-old pitched well against the Tigers today, hurling 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief but, because of that, he wouldn’t be available the next few days. The Twins won’t announce a corresponding roster move until tomorrow.

     Apr 23 – 9:14 AM (Rotoworld) — Twins recalled LHP Buddy Boshers from Triple-A Rochester.

Boshers had a nice 37/7 K/BB ratio over 36 relief innings for the Twins last season. He’ll be used as a lefty specialist.

     Adalberto Mejia, SP: Apr 22 – 8:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Twins optioned LHP Adalberto Mejia, their #5 SP, to Triple-A Rochester.

Mejia has accumulated a mere 9 1/3 innings between his first three starts this season. He has a 5.79 ERA with 10 strikeouts and a scary eight walks. The team has not yet announced who will move into his rotation slot.

     Justin Haley, RP: Apr 22 – 9:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Twins placed RHP Justin Haley on the 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Haley unintentionally played a major role in Saturday’s game by hitting JaCoby Jones in the face with a pitch. Tigers starter Matt Boyd retaliated later in the game by throwing at Miguel Sano, which cleared the benches and led to a pair of ejections. Somewhere in between these events, Haley must have injured his biceps. The right-hander holds a 4.15 ERA over five outings for the Twins this year.

     Ryan O’Rourke, RP: Mar 30 – 9:58 AM (Rotoworld) — Twins placed LHP Ryan O’Rourke on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

O’Rourke was diagnosed last week with a flexor mass strain in his throwing elbow. The southpaw is likely to miss most of April.

     Mar 21 – 9:44 AM (Rotoworld) — Ryan O’Rourke (elbow) is expected to begin the year on the disabled list.

The good news is that there’s no structural damage in the elbow but O’Rourke is dealing with a strained flexor mass. He’ll be shut down for 10 days before trying to ramp things up.

     Byung Ho Park, 1B, DH: Apr 16 – 3:57 PM (Rotoworld) — Byung Ho Park (hamstring) will head to the Twins’ spring training facilities soon to begin workouts.

Park was placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list on Tuesday, April 11, with a right hamstring strain. It’s a milder strain and he should be back to playing in games for Triple-A Rochester sometime next week.

     Apr 11 – 11:44 AM (Rotoworld) — Byung Ho Park has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with Triple-A Rochester due to a right hamstring strain.

It’s unclear how much time he’ll need to miss. Park failed to make the Twins’ Opening Day roster despite a huge spring and was hitting .375 (6-for-16) with three doubles and three RBI through his first four games with Rochester.

     Mar 30 – 9:04 AM (Rotoworld) — Twins assigned 1B/DH Byung Ho Park to minor league camp.

Park did everything in his power to make the Opening Day roster this spring, batting .353 with a 1.159 OPS and six home runs over 51 at-bats in Grapefruit League play. For reasons that aren’t quite clear, the Twins will head north without their best DH option.

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