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Twins' Griffin Jax: Sent down Wednesday
Jax was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul on Wednesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Jax spent a week and a half in the major-league bullpen as a long reliever, and he posted an 8.64 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 8.1 innings across three relief appearances. He'll now return to the minors after Caleb Thielbar (groin) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Reinstated from injured list
Thielbar (groin) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Thielbar had been on the injured list since June 3 due to a left groin strain, but he'll return after an absence of just under two weeks. The southpaw posted a 4.29 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with five holds in 21 innings across 20 relief appearances earlier in the year, and he'll likely reclaim his setup role going forward.... See More ... See Less
Twins' J.A. Happ: Gets hit hard in loss
Happ (3-3) allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk to go along with five strikeouts over four innings as he took the loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.
Happ gave up at least a run in three of the four innings he pitched. Things went south fast after he gave up a solo home run to J.P. Crawford to lead off the first. He then loaded the bases in the second after allowing the first three men to reach before Sammy Long found the gap in right center for a bases-clearing triple. Two more runs came around to score before Happ's day was all said and done. He has really lost his groove after an excellent start to the season with a 9.84 ERA, 1.97 WHIP and 28:10 K:BB over his last seven starts. His next chance to take the mound is expected to come at the beginning of next week at home against the Reds.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Shaun Anderson: Optioned to Triple-A
Anderson (hand) was activated from the injured list and optioned to Triple-A St. Paul, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Anderson threw a scoreless inning for St. Paul on Tuesday during a rehab stint and will remain with the club for now. He posted a 9.35 ERA and 2.08 WHIP across 8.2 innings with the big-league team earlier this year.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Byron Buxton: Runs in workout Tuesday
Buxton (hip) did more running in a pregame workout Tuesday, manager Rocco Baldelli told MLB.com.
Buxton wasn't activated from the injured list Monday due to "residual soreness" in his hip, but he traveled with the team and went through pregame workouts the past two days. It's not clear when he'll be activated from the injured list. Buxton went 5-for-9 with two home runs during a three-game rehab stint with Triple-A St. Paul over the weekend.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Shaun Anderson: Beginning rehab assignment
Anderson (hand) is starting his rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.
Finger blisters landed Anderson on the 10-day injured list June 6, two days after he allowed four runs in 3.2 relief innings against the Royals. It's unclear exactly how much rehab work the righty will require before returning to the Twins' bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Ryan Jeffers: On bench Tuesday
Jeffers is not starting Tuesday's game against the Mariners.
Jeffers went 7-for-20 in the first five games after Mitch Garver (groin) landed on the injured list, but he's gone just 2-for-15 in the five games since. Ben Rortvedt will start behind the dish and bat ninth Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Andrelton Simmons: Not starting Tuesday
Simmons is on the bench for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.
He receives a day off after starting seven consecutive days and going 4-for-25 with two doubles in that span. Jorge Polanco will start at shortstop Tuesday, with Luis Arraez playing second base.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Hansel Robles: Takes loss Monday
Robles (2-3) suffered the loss Monday against the Mariners after allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one batter over an inning of work.
Robles entered in the eighth with the score knotted at three apiece. He struck out the first batter but then gave up a solo home run to Jake Bauers that ended up being the difference in the game. The 30-year-old struggled early in the year but has turned things around for the most part, as he's posted a 2.40 ERA with five saves, four holds and two wins over the last month, though his 17:10 K:BB in that span isn't promising. The Twins still haven't established a clear-cut closer, with Taylor Rogers still in the mix for saves as well.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Kenta Maeda: Tosses four innings in return
Maeda allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven over four innings Monday against the Mariners in his first start back from the injured list. He did not factor into the decision.
It's understandable that Maeda was on a pitch count -- he threw 78 pitches -- and showed some signs of rust after missing the last few weeks with a right adductor strain and some right arm soreness. He struggled a bit with his command, as this was the first time this season that he walked more than two batters in an outing. All three of his free passes did come in the same inning, however. The only time the Mariners really got to him was in the third, when he allowed a leadoff double and then an RBI single to Jake Fraley. It's been a frustrating year so far for Maeda, who currently owns a career-worst 5.01 ERA and 1.48 WHIP to go along with a 46:14 K:BB over 46.2 innings. He's in line for a favorable matchup against the Rangers over the weekend.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Reaches base four times in loss
Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners.
Cruz reached base four times but was not involved in any of the three runs the Twins put up. He's slashing .297/.373/.549 with 13 home runs, 31 RBI, 30 runs scored and a stolen base, and Cruz is striking out at one of the lowest rates of his career despite the fact that he's turning 41 in a couple of weeks. Cruz is in the final year of his contract and could be on the move to a contending team at some point with the Twins looking unlikely to make a playoff push this season.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Gilberto Celestino: Hits first big-league homer
Celestino went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners.
Celestino took Marco Gonzales yard in the fourth inning for his first major-league home run. The 22-year-old was recalled last week after the Twins lost yet another outfielder to the injured list and should continue to get the majority of starts in center field until Byron Buxton (hip) is ready to return.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Goes long in loss
Kirilloff went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners.
Kirilloff took Marco Gonzales deep to center field to break a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning. It was the 23-year-old's first long ball since May 2 and his first RBI in 10 days. He hasn't been particularly impressive, as he's slashing .254/.292/.443 with 5 home runs, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored through his first two months at the major-league level. Things should naturally become easier for him as he continues to get more reps.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Byron Buxton: Return delayed due to soreness
Buxton wasn't activated from the injured list Monday due to "residual soreness" in his hip, manager Rocco Baldelli told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Buxton flew to Seattle with the Twins and will go through a workout Tuesday.
Baldelli said Buxton refrained from running at full speed during his three-game rehab stint with Triple-A St. Paul, where he was 5-for-9 with two home runs. It sounds like he could be activated in the next day or two, but the Twins may play it safe with his return.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Rob Refsnyder: Lands on injured list
Refsnyder was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained left hamstring, Daniel Guerrero of MLB.com reports.
Refsnyder returned from a four-game absence Sunday, but he's apparently not recovered from the hamstring injury. Byron Buxton (hip) is closing in on his return from the injured list, but Gilberto Celestino should continue to work in center field until Buxton is officially activated.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Michael Pineda: Will require trip to IL
Pineda (forearm) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Pineda suffered the injury during his last start Sunday against Houston, and the team will place him on the shelf as a precaution. Kenta Maeda was activated from the IL and will rejoin the rotation Monday, and Randy Dobnak could fill in as the fifth starter while Pineda returns to health.... See More ... See Less
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