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New GM Ryan to evaluate Twins medical staff

Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:31 am
By Matt Snyder

There are some depressing numbers for the Twins in 2011. How about 63-99, the Twins' record? Yeah, that's bad. Negative 185 (the run differential) is pretty abysmal as well. What about the fact that only two position players appeared in more than 117 games during the season? Or the major-league leading 27 disabled-list stints? Yeah, it's all bad. And new general manager Terry Ryan is going to look into the health aspect.

"That needs to be talked about," Ryan said at his re-introductory press conference at Target Field ( "We had a tough year in medical. We had a tough year in a lot of areas. Not only up here, but right through the system. We need to do some tweaking at the very least there. When it comes to communication, there are areas there that need to be addressed, and I plan on doing that. I know (former general manager) Bill (Smith) was in the process of doing that up until last week. He was worried about it, and I'm worried about it."

Ryan also made sure to keep the focus off the players, some of whom -- namely Joe Mauer -- have had their conditioning and toughness questioned by legions of fans.

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"The players can only take advice," Ryan said ( "Players take the advice you give them. We not only give them an exam up here in the Twin Cities, but they're also welcome to get a second opinion. I would never put it on the players. It's our responsibility to take control of that, and we will."

The Twins certainly have more issues than health, but it would be idiotic to dismiss the concerns with the training staff. Bad luck is one thing; an entire team being injured for a whole season is quite another. Check out the number of games played from some of the supposed regular offensive players:

Mauer: 82
Justin Morneau: 69
Alexi Casilla: 97
Denard Span: 70
Jason Kubel: 99
Michael Cuddyer: 139

That's far too many games being missed from the bulk of the lineup. No one can dispute that.

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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:36 pm

New GM Ryan to evaluate Twins medical staff

Fortunate for the twins they have options. Morneau is expendable with Parmalee arriving. Mauer needs to move to 1B or DH with Parmalee the opposite. There was a deal last year involving Span going to Washington for a reliever, that deal still would work out wonderfully for both sides. Cuddyer wont be back, and Kubel refuses to DH. The worst area is a need for a couple starting pitchers but with money off the books from Cuddyer, Thome, and soon Morneau, and possibly even Kubel there should be finances to go get a few servicable arms. There is a decent amount of youth in the system so I see a relatively painless turnaround here, not in one season but not half a decade either. Any player that doesnt have more than a three year window should be moved for a new era of Twin baseball. 

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