Tag:Jon Rauch
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:01 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 2:01 am

Twins' Rauch could miss first round

Jon Rauch
The Twins have had their share (and then some) of late-season injuries, and now they get to deal with another.

Reliever Jon Rauch, who has been bothered for a while by a sore left knee, experienced a recent worsening of the injury and on Thursday had "a lot of fluid" drained, as manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500espn.com. (That is not be be confused with having fluid drained onto his head, as pictured here.)

Rauch also got a cortisone shot in the knee, which requires a few days off. He'll miss the remaining regular-season games, but the troubling part is that Gardenhire said Rauch might not be ready to take a spot on the playoff roster for the first round.

"We'll have to determine whether he's even going to be fit for the playoff roster," Gardenhire said. "We'll just have to see that on the days off.

"He's been getting treatment on it, but he's always been able to pitch. Today he was seeing the doctor this afternoon, and before the game he came in and told me they drained his knee and took a lot of fluid off of it."

Rauch has been nails in the right-handed setup role for the Twins this season, and knee pain or not, he's been especially good recently. He has made 12 September appearances and allowed a run in just one of them, posting a 1.80 ERA with eight strikeouts against two walks.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Jon Rauch, Twins
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:53 pm

Guillen goes off... again

Ozzie Guillen What's a day without an Ozzie Guillen rant?

Today's topic? Jim Thome, who hit a two-run walkoff homer on Tuesday against his old club.

The Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez has highlights of the reported 13-minute tirade.

Here's the basics:
"For all those people there saying it was my fault about Jim Thome, yes it's my fault," Guillen said. "If those people don't like that, [bleep] them."

Guillen reminded reporters that it was Thome who waived his no-trade clause on Aug. 31 to accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers and that he's getting more playing time with the Twins recently only because slugger Justin Morneau has been sidelined since July 8 because of a concussion.

"I'm not afraid," Guillen said. "I can care less what people think. We're in second place. When Jim Thome was here, we finished third three times out of four years (actually two third-place finishes and one fourth-place ending). We went to one playoff because he hit a home run to go to the playoffs.

"Listen, I don't make that decision, we made that decision. It was hard for me to do this. A lot of people in Chicago talk about Jim Thome. How about J.D.? I think Jermaine Dye did more stuff for the Chicago White Sox than Jim Thome did, with all my respect to Jimbo.

"What's going on here? I don't get it. Why do people forget about J.D.? People don't even talk about J.D. at all. If Thome was a better player than J.D. for the White Sox, that's the answer. J.D.'s not playing for the Twins."
What's more, Guillen said the fact the game went to extra innings wasn't because his team fought back, nope, it's because Ron Gardenhire took out starter Scott Baker, who gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
"That's Gardenhire's fault for bringing those guys [Jon Rauch, Matt Capps] into pitch," Guillen said. "He should have left that guy in that started the game and then we're still playing. I'm not running away from anybody. I don't run from anybody because I sleep very well last night, I played golf this morning. I didn't change anything. I rode my bike, go to sleep and as soon as I'm done with [this game] I'm going to go back to sleep. Same stuff." Same stuff, different day. But it's still mighty entertaining.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:36 pm

Twins banged up in Chicago

It was a rough night for the Twins -- and not just because they lost 6-1 to the White Sox to fall back into a tie for first in the American League Central.

MLB.com's Kelly Thesier's Twitter account has a running list of the team's injuries:

Reliever Jose Mijares was on crutches in the clubhouse with a likely right knee strain. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mijares, who gave up a hit to the only batter he faced. Mijares seemed to land awkwardly covering first on Carlos Quentin's leadoff single in the eighth.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy left the game with a sore wrist, but told Thesier he'd be able to play in the series finale on Thursday.

Also hurt was reliever Jon Rauch, who has a "black and blue toe" on his right foot and said it bothered him on the mound on Tuesday. Rauch, replaced as the team's closer when Matt Capps was acquired at the trade deadline, allowed a run in his one-inning of work on Tuesday. Wednesday, Capps finished the game out after Mijares left, despite the team being down five runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:27 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 11:54 pm

Capps supplants Rauch as Twins' closer

As reported earlier Thursday by Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, the Twins acquired Nationals closer Matt Capps in exchange for prize catching prospect Wilson Ramos.

It was initially unclear how the Twins would handle the late innings, but Kelly Thesier of MLB.com reports via Twitter that Capps will take Jon Rauch's place as closer and Rauch will set up. Manager Ron Gardenhire called Rauch to give him the news.

Rauch has 21 saves and has blown four. He has a 3.05 ERA.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:36 pm

Twins interested in Capps

Matt Capps The Twins may be worried enough about closer Jon Rauch that they're considering the Nationals' Matt Capps, according to ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.

Rauch pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday against Baltimore, but allowed a hit and a walk. In his previous two outings, he gave up two runs in each, a loss to the Indians and a win against the White Sox.

Rauch has 20 saves in 24 opportunities and a 3.22 ERA, along with 26 strikeouts to go along with nine walks in 36 1/3 innings. His WHIP is 1.376 and hitters are hitting .283/.323/.400 off of Rauch. This month, though, they're hitting .379/.472/.414 off of him and he has an ERA of 7.11.

Capps has 24 saves in 28 opportunities to go along with his 2.86 ERA. Batters are hitting .283/.317/.428 against him, along with 36 strikeouts and nine innings. While Rauch has struggled this month, Capps has three wins and two saves to go along with a 0.96 ERA and hitters are just batting .229/.270/.371 against him since July 1.

Capps is signed to a one-year deal for $3.5 million this season after being non-tendered by the Pirates and is arbitration-eligible for 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:16 pm

Twins open to adding payroll

Howie Mandel isn't the biggest impediment for a deal or no deal come trade deadline, much of the time it is a willing owner to shell out a couple extra (million) bucks.

Dollars won't get in the way for the "small market" Minnesota Twins, team president Dave St. Peter tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III .

"We think we have some flexibility," St. Peter said. "The last couple of years we have had some flexibility to try to make the team better."

He's right. Last year the Twins added Orlando Cabrera, Carl Pavano, Jon Rauch and Ron Mahay to help push the Twins into the playoffs. This year, any added payroll could push the Twins into the $100-million club. They currently stand at $97 million.

St. Peter told Neal every option -- even Cliff Lee -- would be explored.

"We feel like we are well-positioned, if we so choose, to make a move to make the team better," St. Peter said. "Ultimately, we are about trying to get better. If that means trade, if that means kids from the minor leagues, great."

The Twins lead the Tigers by one game and the White Sox by two heading into Saturday's game, and none of the three seem to be going anywhere. The American League Central could be decided by which team makes the best moves -- and it's easier to make moves when you're not afraid to open your wallet.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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