News: Sano was officially recalled from Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: After news broke Wednesday that Sano's promotion was in the works, he should be universally owned at this point. Only Joey Gallo can match Sano's raw power among big league prospects, but unlike Gallo there are not significant concerns about Sano's approach working against big league pitching. After Kennys Vargas was demoted Wednesday, Sano should be in the lineup almost every day, either at third base or designated hitter.
News: May gave up two runs (one earned) over 6.1 innings with six strikeouts and three walks in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.
Impact: May bounced back from a terrible outing in his last start where he gave up six runs while recording just one out. It's not clear if this outing was strong enough to keep him in the majors, as the Twins will likely send May or Tommy Milone to Triple-A when Ervin Santana returns from a suspension July 5.
News: Sano will reportedly be called up by the Twins on Wednesday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: While nothing is official, this report is enough to compel owners in almost all formats to make sure Sano is not available on waivers. Much like Rangers prospect Joey Gallo, who was recently optioned back to the minors, Sano has 80-grade power and has the potential to hit double-digit home runs in a month. Unlike Gallo, however, Sano does not have potentially crippling strikeout issues, as he posted a very manageable 23.8 percent K-rate at Double-A this season. With Kennys Vargas getting optioned earlier in the day, Sano figures to be in the lineup almost every day going forward, splitting time between DH and third base.
News: Kennys Vargas was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga on Wednesday, fueling speculation that Sano could be on his way to the majors, Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
Impact: A corresponding move was not immediately announced with Vargas' demotion, but there have been murmurs that Sano will get the call. Manager Paul Molitor suggested a couple weeks ago that Sano could come up soon, saying "every day that goes by, he's getting closer to getting here." The 22-year-old Sano has hit .274/.374/.544 with 15 homers in 66 games with Chattanooga this season.
News: Vargas was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga after Wednesday's game, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old singled in three trips Wednesday, but he also struck out, bringing his total this season to 48 in 159 at-bats. A corresponding move was not immediately announced, but Vargas' assignment to Chattanooga rather than Triple-A Rochester has fueled speculation that the team may be thinking about promoting prospect Miguel Sano.
News: Robinson (illness) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
Impact: Robinson was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to an illness, but it appears the issue was minor. He will start in left field and bat eighth for the Twins on Thursday, but will likely return to the bench when Torii Hunter rejoins the lineup after his day off.
News: Mauer is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
Impact: Mauer has caught a bit of a hot streak at the plate recently, collecting a hit in his last five games and in nine of his last 10 games to raise his average from .254 to .263. He'll receive a day off Wednesday, however, with Kennys Vargas receiving the start and batting fifth in his place.
News: Hunter is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
Impact: Hunter went 3-for-5 with a home rune and two runs in Tuesday's contest, but will receive the day off for Wednesday's game against the Reds. As a veteran, it's not a huge surprise that he'll get the day game off following a night game. Eddie Rosario will start in right field, while Shane Robinson will enter the lineup in left.
News: Santana started in center field and went 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Reds.
Impact: Santana was a last-second replacement in center field after Shane Robinson was scratched from the lineup due to an illness. It's not clear if Santana will continue to get starts in center field this week, but he may not be on the roster long with Aaron Hicks likely to return from the DL in the next week.