Player News - Twins

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Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Sunday in a win over the Athletics.

Mauer singled and scored a run on the Jake Cave homer in the first. It improves his average to .276, and he now has 2,110 hits in his career. There are reports that Mauer is going to consider retiring at the end of the year, but if he does end up playing another season, he’ll be a tough sell as a first baseman who doesn’t hit for power and no longer has the bat-speed necessary to hit for a huge average, either.
Sep 23 - 7:21 PM

Jake Cave went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 5-1 victory over the Athletics on Sunday.

Cave took Trevor Cahill deep in the first inning, and it’s the 12th homer of the season for the outfielder. He’s probably played more than the Twins would have liked because of various injuries/struggles, but when he’s been on the field he’s shown quality power (.467 slugging percentage) and has held his own with a .261 average in 85 games. Cave should be a solid bench option for the Twins in 2019, assuming he’s not moved in a deal this off-season.
Sep 23 - 7:14 PM

Kyle Gibson went 7 1/3 innings and allowed just one run in a victory over the Athletics on Sunday.

Gibson was awful in his last start, but was able to pick up a victory against the Royals last Sunday. This time he gets the win and deserves it. He was able to hold a very good Oakland lineup to just the one run while allowing seven hits, and there wasn’t much in terms of hard contact. The right-hander now has an ERA of 3.66, and his K/BB ratio improves to 172/76 over 190 1/3 innings. Gibson will make one more start in 2018, and it’s scheduled to occur against the White Sox on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 7:11 PM

Willians Astudillo went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI against the A's on Saturday.

Make that a .338 average for Astudillo, who is hitting his way into the Twins' plans for 2018. He's struck out twice and walked once in 73 plate appearances now.
Sep 23 - 12:27 AM

Logan Forsythe (knee) took "a good step forward" Saturday, Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

Forsythe remained out of the Twins' lineup Saturday but it sounds as though he's tracking toward a return. Forsythe has been a good source of on-base ability for the Twins since he was acquired at the trade deadline, batting .274/.363/.312 in 44 games.
Sep 22 - 7:16 PM

An MRI of Miguel Sano's left knee showed no new damage.

"Little bit of a puzzle we haven’t been able to solve yet," Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Sano's ailing knee, which has cost him most of this month. With a week left and no answers, it's hard to see the Twins running him back out there and risking further injury when they've got nothing left to play for. We'll likely next see Sano in 2019.
Sep 22 - 7:07 PM

Twins transferred RHP Ervin Santana to the 60-day disabled list.

Santana has already been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018 season, this was done merely as a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Juan Graterol. The Twins hold a $14 million option on the 35-year-old right-hander for next season.
Sep 22 - 3:47 PM

Twins purchased the contract of C Juan Graterol from Triple-A Rochester.

Graterol will provide the Twins with some extra depth behind the plate over the final week-plus of the regular season. The 29-year-old is a career .222/.225/.283 hitter ith no homers and 13 RBI in his 103 career plate appearances at the big league level.
Sep 22 - 3:44 PM

Jose Berrios gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday in his start against the A's.

Berrios avoided falling below .500 to 11-12 tonight, but he did go without a win for the eighth straight start. He has a 4.91 ERA in his last 15 starts.
Sep 22 - 2:14 AM

Logan Forsythe was held out of the Twins' starting lineup on Friday due to a sore knee.

The issue isn't believed to be major, but it's something that could cause him to miss a few more games over the final week and a half of the season. The 31-year-old has hit .274/.363/.312 with no homers and 12 RBI in his 44 games with the Twins.
Sep 21 - 8:40 PM

Eddie Rosario (quad) is expected to miss the remainder of the 2018 regular season.

Rosario underwent an MRI on Thursday which revealed inflammation in his right quadriceps. While it's not a serious injury, with the Twins long out of contention, there's no need to try to rush him back. Even with a rough second half, Rosario has still hit an impressive .288/.323/.479 with 24 long balls and 77 RBI in 138 games on the season.
Sep 21 - 8:38 PM

Miguel Sano returned to Minnesota to undergo additional testing on his injured left leg.

Sano will miss the entire weekend series against the Athletics in Oakland, and his status for the final week of the season looks to be in doubt. If you've held onto him in redraft leagues, it's probably safe you cut bait now.
Sep 21 - 7:24 PM

Addison Reed is expected to be placed on the paternity list before Friday's game against the Athletics.

Reed will head to Canton, Ohio to attend the birth of his child on Thursday, and then be placed on the list ahead of the contests with Oakland. He then likely will return on September 25 when the Twins begin their series with the Tigers.
Sep 19 - 4:46 PM

Willians Astudillo finished 2-for-4 with three RBI in the Twins' 8-2 defeat of the Tigers on Wednesday.

Astudillo drove in a run on a groundout in the Twins' four-run second inning, hit an RBI double in the fourth inning, and capped off his big afternoon with an RBI single in the top of the eighth. The hefty 26-year-old catcher is now batting .317 with an .846 OPS through his first 21 major league games and he should get regular looks behind the plate for what remains of the 2018 regular season, as Mitch Garver (concussion) is doubtful to play another game.
Sep 19 - 4:11 PM

Eddie Rosario is headed back to Minneapolis for an MRI on his right quad.

Rosario aggravated a lingering quad injury while trying to chase down a ball in the gap Monday night in Detroit. It's very likely that we've seen the last of the 26-year-old outfielder this season, no matter what the MRI shows. After a relatively sluggish second half, he finishes with a .288/.323/.479 batting line, 24 home runs, 77 RBI, eight stolen bases, and 87 runs scored in 138 games.
Sep 19 - 11:50 AM


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