I think whenever they feel Eduardo Nunez is ready to step in and play every day. Sounds like he's had to knock off some rust at Rochester
Don't think a move like that would occurr in season. AGM Rob Antony said there haven't been any discussions along those lines, but he didn't rule out the topic coming up during the offseason.
I don't think it will be very long, Nunez, I heard, might have been up here this week if he hadn't tweaked his oblique a couple days ago
There's definitely some disappointment over Pelfrey's start, but I'm not sure they are ready to pull the plug yet. But Sam Deduno threw 63 pitches last night and could be ready to throw 75 now, so he could be in the picture if Pelfrey struggles again. By the way, Pelfrey has allowed 3, 6 and 5 runs in his starts, not 6-7 every time.
How can you give up on Hicks? There's too much talent there to give up on. He is taking his lumps right now and needs to find some fire, I think, but he has 388 career plate appearances. It's a bad start, but the Twins will let this play out.
Meyer has a 5.14 ERA and is winless at Rochester. May, however, is 1-0, 2.93 and has walked just three batters in 15 innings. Both could be on the radar around mid-season. Maybe earlier if something happens to a member of the major league staff - although I think Deduno should get first crack if needed.
Dude, read my notes. I reported today that Buxton hit on the field yesterday in Fort Myers and could be in extended spring training games early next week. He could be at Class AA New Britain by mid-May, but he's basically starting spring training all over again.
First of all, he's batting .237 at Rochester. Secondly, he NEEDS work defensively. I watched him make great plays in spring training, then there was a stretch where I watched him make mistakes in three straight games. And he's got an issue with not catching throws when someone is approaching. "Drops the ball in traffic sometimes,'' I was told. That needs to be cleaned up.
Welcome! My knees are weak over the group Team USA is in. Ghana beats us on nearly every level of competition. Portugal is Portugal. And there must have been a conspiracy to match Klinsy with Germany. I think there were bribes invovled. It's not out of the question with those people. How in the heck does Qatar get a World Cup? Huh? Huh?
Dozier hates it when I call him a cleanup hitter who's out of place. He likes leading off. But no, he's not the "ignitor" you like in the spot. But I guess being up 1-0 after a Dozier homer can ignite a team, too!
Hey, I'm skeptical of the signing too. Just how much does he have left? And what the heck is Julius Peppers going to do in a 3-4 in Green Bay? The Vikings made the best move by signing Corey Wooton from the Bears. There's still upside there, and he was miscast as a DT last year when the Bears had injuries there.
I would like to see more of Eduardo Escobar too.
It's April, but it's been interesting to see Mauer's strikeouts pile up. I actually got to chat with him some last night. He said he's been falling behind in the count a lot and has had to expand his strike zone. He thinks it's just a phase he'll hit his way out of.
So many ways to look at this one. Gomez needed time to develop, but the Twins took all the lumps as he learned and set up the Brewers to reap the benefits. Then they traded the guy they got for Gomez, J.J. Hardy, and replaced him at short with Nishi. That's the stuff that sets franchises back. What have we learned from this? You should have held on to Johan and tried to deal him at mid-season, where there probably would have been more teams interested (although Johan did have a no-trade clause).
I don't see Sam as an everyday player, so I expect Hicks to stay here. The problem is what to do with Hammer and Ozzie (hey, that would make a nice title for a sitcom). History says this works itself out (i.e. someone else breaks down by the time they are ready to be activated).
My guess is no. There will be too many other qualified players. The question you should ask is if the Twins will have a starting first baseman at the All-Star Game, to which I would reply: ``Yes, but he wears No. 20.''
And Pino? Don't think the Twins need a reliever right now.
We're looking at long-term development there. Maybe a couple years. But it's sure nice to watch him hit, isn't it.
He's got to get back on the field first. Then he has to produce. With his season starting in May, hopefully, he could put up numbers and earn a callup by the end of the year. And I believe we will see him playing for the Twins before this season is over.
That's a good question that I need to look into.
It's a little baffling. He takes too many strikes and then chases too much. He doesn't seem to know when to swing the bat. The Twins are waiting for the lightbulb to come on. Hope he's burning up cell phone minutes with Rod Carew
Yes and no. Managers would have more options. But you would be adding two more backup players to each roster. Would having James Beresford or Wilkin Ramirez around really make a big difference. And owners don't want to pay out more salaries.