Player News - Twins

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Twins recalled LHP Adalberto Mejia from Triple-A Rochester.

As expected, Mejia will make the start Monday against the Blue Jays. The southpaw made one appearance with the Twins at the end of June and owns a 3.32 ERA and 61/20 K/BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings at Triple-A this year. He's a shaky streaming option in fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 9:15 AM

Twins optioned RHP Alan Busenitz to Triple-A Rochester.

Busenitz worked a scoreless inning in Sunday's loss to the Royals, he's being sent out though to make room for Adalberto Mejia who will join the Twins on Monday. Busenitz now owns a 6.23 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in 13 innings with the big league club this season.
Jul 22 - 5:59 PM

Adalberto Mejia will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start for the Twins on Monday.

The 25-year-old has made one start for the Twins this season, posting a 9.00 ERA and 2.25 WHIP over four innings. He isn't a recommended streaming option against the Blue Jays.
Jul 22 - 5:58 PM

Max Kepler hit a solo homer in a loss to the Royals on Sunday.

Kepler hit a solo shot off of Brad Keller to give him 12 homers on the season. It's been a disappointing season for the 25-year-old outfielder, but he's been better with the bat in July, as seen in his .796 OPS. Still, his slash of .226/.315/.410 with the 12 homers and 38 RBI leaves a lot to be desired -- especially for fantasy players who invested draft capital on Kepler.
Jul 22 - 5:08 PM

Jake Odorizzi allowed just two runs over six innings with eight strikeouts on Sunday, but took a no decision against the Royals.

Odorizzi made one mistake: A two-run double by Alex Gordon in the fifth that kept him from picking up his fifth victory of the season. Outside of that, the Royals could do nothing against the veteran right-hander, as he allowed just one other hit on the afternoon. He hasn’t found a smidgen of consistency in his first year with the Twins, but the strong start lowers his ERA to 4.37, and he’s now fanned 113 hitters in 107 innings. He’s a trade candidate, but for now, we’ll see Odorizzi again on Friday against the Red Sox.
Jul 22 - 4:55 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) will make his season debut for the Twins on Wednesday in Toronto.

Santana had surgery on his right middle finger back in February and had to restart his rehab assignment following a setback back in May. He tossed six innings of one-run ball in his last rehab starts, although he struck out just one batter and walked three. Santana is a solid, albeit unspectacular, fantasy option.
Jul 22 - 12:26 PM

Twins activated 1B/DH Logan Morrison from the 10-day disabled list.

Morrison missed the minimum amount of time with a hip injury. The free agent bust returns to an ugly .193/.287/.367 batting line.
Jul 22 - 9:03 AM

Twins optioned C Willians Astudillo to Triple-A Rochester.

The do-everything Astudillo, who earned something of a cult following during his time in the majors for his Bartolo-like body composition and that time he pitched, was sent out to make room on the 25-man roster for the Sunday return of Logan Morrison. Astudillo had five hits in 19 at-bats with the big club.
Jul 21 - 11:13 PM

Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

Rosario put the Twins out in front 1-0 with his RBI single in the top of the first inning, but that lead proved short-lived, as Lance Lynn promptly gave up a two-run home run to Salvador Perez in the bottom of the frame. On the whole this season, the outfielder has been doing spectacular work, hitting .312/.352/.532 with 19 home runs, 62 RBI and six steals across 95 games played. The numbers are stellar on the macro scale and likewise on the micro, as Rosario has put in multi-hit efforts in five of his last six games.
Jul 21 - 11:01 PM

Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a double in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

Mauer has been seeing the ball exceedingly well of late, with Saturday's three-hit showing his third such performance in his last 10 games. In that space, he's posted five total multi-hit contests. The veteran first baseman is working to a .283/.370/.375 triple-slash with three home runs and 29 RBI in 67 games this season. He's still a very capable major league hitter, though his fantasy glow has faded to black.
Jul 21 - 10:55 PM

Lance Lynn walked six batters while allowing three runs over five innings in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

Maybe the story here is less the six walks and more the fact that Lynn somehow danced through the disaster-on-the-brink outing surrendering just three runs. A two-run home run by Salvador Perez in the bottom of the inning and an RBI single by Lucas Duda in the third represented the only run-scoring action on his watch. He scattered three hits while striking out six batters on the evening. Those walks did exact a toll, even if not on the scoreboard, as Lynn had already thrown 118 pitches (66 strikes) by the end of the fifth inning. That extreme inefficiency eliminated any possibility of a deeper outing. With this one in the books, Lynn will carry a bloated 5.23 ERA and 1.66 WHIP into a scary road showdown with the Red Sox in his next scheduled outing.
Jul 21 - 10:48 PM

Kyle Gibson surrendered four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Friday.

Gibson walked two batters and allowed six hits, including a solo homer to Lucas Duda in his final inning of work. He struck out five and induced 16 swinging strikes in his 103 pitches. The loss was his first since June 27. Gibson has shown legitimate signs of growth this year, posting a 3.57 ERA through 20 starts with 119 strikeouts in 121 innings. There’s always the chance that the Twins will listen to offers on hm, but there’s no urgency since he’s still under team control for another year.
Jul 21 - 2:09 AM

Mitch Garver went 1-for-3 with two walks and two RBI in Friday’s loss to the Royals.

Garver played a big part in the Twins’ comeback attempt late, as he tripled home a run in the eighth inning before drawing a bases-loaded walk one inning later. The 27-year-old made the start out of the DH spot on Friday while Bobby Wilson caught Kyle Gibson. Garver has done a decent enough job with the bat, posting a .250/.338/.378 batting line with four homers and 15 RBI through 61 games, but he’s not looking like mixed league material.
Jul 21 - 2:06 AM

Miguel Sano has been promoted to Triple-A Rochester.

Sano will test himself against advanced competition after hitting .328/.443/.453 with two homers, two doubles and 12 RBI in 19 games with High-A Fort Myers. The 25-year-old was demoted last month after batting just .203/.270/.405 with seven homers over 37 games to begin the year. The goal in sending him down wasn't just to get him back on track with the bat, but for him to get back in proper shape. Assuming he responds well to the move to Triple-A, he could still play a big role for the Twins and fantasy owners during the second half. This wouldn't be a bad time to stash him away.
Jul 20 - 7:31 PM

Ervin Santana (finger) is making another rehab start with Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

He's slated to throw either 90 pitches or six innings. Santana owns a 4.08 ERA and 17/8 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings over four starts since resuming his rehab assignment as he makes his way back from February surgery on his right middle finger. He can remain on his rehab through July 29, so the Twins can still give him another start in the minors if they wish. His velocity remains a work in progress.
Jul 20 - 7:21 PM


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