Stassi (back) went 2-for-2 against the Phillies on Monday.
Stassi was sidelined with back spasms in late February, but he was able to return to action and picked up right where he left off. He's now 4-for-7 (.571) on the spring. This likely doesn't boost his stock, however, as he'll likely still spend much of the season at Triple-A Rochester.
Stassi is day-to-day with back spasms, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Stassi was expected to play in Monday's game against the Cardinals before the issue cropped up. The issue shouldn't keep him sidelined for too long, but the Twins will likely play it safe with the 28-year-old given how early it is in camp. Stassi is expected to open the season with Triple-A Rochester, though he could earn a promotion to the majors in summer if he impresses with the Red Wings.
Stassi agreed to a minor-league deal with Minnesota on Thursday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Stassi played in 51 big-league games with the Phillies last season, but slashed just .167/.278/.295 with two home runs and seven RBI in 78 at-bats. He will look to get a fresh start with Minnesota, and although he will likely begin the season at Triple-A Rochester, the 28-year-old could find himself back in the majors during the summer if he's able to hit in the minors.
Stassi, who was designated for assignment Thursday, has been outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Stassi has been so unproductive at the plate this season that the team couldn't afford to keep a roster spot for him despite September expansions. He'll look to turn things around in Triple-A, though a .682 OPS at that level is hardly encouraging.
The Phillies needed to clear a roster spot for Juan Nicasio, and Stassi was the corresponding roster casualty. Stassi saw some time with the Phillies earlier in the season but struggled to a .167/.278/.295 line in 51 games. He'll now be subjected to waivers.
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