Brian Dozier - #2 - Second Base - 5'11" - 190lbs
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Dozier finished a triple shy of the cycle in a 7-3 loss to Cleveland on Saturday night.
Impact: Dozier, now batting .240, is 6 for 13 in his last three games after enduring a 3-for-32 slump.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hicks (back) remains day-to-day, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: When asked about Hicks' status, manager Ron Gardenhire didn't appear pleased, as his outfielder apparently arrived at the ballpark just two hours before game time. Earlier this season, Hicks received criticism due to his lack of preparation, so this is yet another strike against the 24-year-old. There's still plenty of future potential here, but after batting just .209 over the 2014 season, Hicks' maturity issues seem to be the larger concern.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hicks (back) is not in Sunday's lineup against Cleveland, MLB.com reports.
Impact: He's day to day and it's not clear when he'll return.
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Hicks has not played since being scratched from Saturday's game against Cleveland due to back stiffness.
Impact: Hicks isn't much of a fantasy option with a .209 average. He's day to day.
News: Escobar (shoulder) is out of the lineup again Saturday, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The jammed right shoulder, suffered on a diving attempt at short Tuesday, will keep Escobar out of the lineup for a third straight game. He did work out to about 100 feet while playing catch with a trainer on Saturday morning, though a return for Sunday's series finale is far from certain.
News: Hicks (back) was a late scratch for Saturday's game against the Indians, Dustin Morse of the Twins' official site reports.
Impact: Hicks was dealing with a stiff back during batting practice and will ultimately stay in the dugout Saturday. He'll be replaced by Eduardo Nunez in left field.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Hughes did not get a decision Friday.
Impact: Hughes gave up four runs in seven innings and faces the D-Backs next.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Arcia went yard on a productive Friday.
Impact: Arcia had three hits with his 19th jack. Surely 20 will come in the final week of the season.
Mike Pelfrey - #37 - Pitcher - 6'7" - 249lbs
News: Pelfrey (elbow) has resumed throwing bullpen sessions, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: The right-hander was restricted to long tossing for about a month, but he's back on elevated ground and has already worked himself up to 45 pitches. Despite his progress, the Twins plan to hold him out of all game action until next spring.
News: Escobar (shoulder) is not expected to play until Tuesday at the earliest, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Whereas Escobar thinks he'll be able to play by Monday, manager Ron Gardenhire said it's not likely, given the fact that Escobar can't even high five his teammates. Danny Santana is making another start at short Saturday.
Kennys Vargas - #19 - First Base - 6'5" - 273lbs
News: Vargas was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the Twins' victory over Cleveland on Friday night.
Impact: Vargas now has nine long ones and 37 RBI with a very encouraging .295 average as he makes a bid to lock in an everyday role for the 2015 Twins. A first baseman by trade, he would primarily DH while spelling Joe Mauer at first.
News: Arcia was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in the Twins' extra-innings win over Cleveland on Friday night.
Impact: Arcia entered the game 4-for-8 with three long ones against Indians' starter Trevor Bauer, and took him deep for the fourth time in his first at bat. Arcia has endured nagging injuries much of the season and has accumulated a disappointing .237 average, but he now has 19 home runs and 54 RBI so the power potential remains enticing.
Jared Burton - #61 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 225lbs
News: Burton picked up a win, retiring the only two hitters he faced in the 10th inning before the Twins pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the frame Friday night.
Impact: With closer Glen Perkins possibly out for the rest of the year, Burton is expected to get the ball in save situations over the last 10 days of the season. If you are desperately seeking saves, he might be a worthwhile addition.
News: Hughes allowed four runs on 10 hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five over seven innings but came away with a no-decision in the Twins' 5-4 win over Cleveland in 10 innings Friday night.
Impact: Hughes was, as he has all season, throwing strikes (68 of 90 pitches), but as sometimes happens, he missed in the zone a little too often, leading to four runs and a no-decision. He's walked just one batter in his last seven starts, and he'll carry a very respectable 3.61 ERA as he goes for his 16th win against Arizona in his final 2014 start.
News: Perkins was shut down for the season with a left forearm strain secondary nerve irritation in his elbow, but doesn't have any structural damage, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Perkins will just need rest and rehab before returning to the team according to Dr. John Steubs. That news is good for Perkins, as it won't require him to have surgery, but his status for this season is unclear at this point.
News: Milone (neck) will take part in long toss prior to Friday's game, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Although Milone was able to play some light catch the past two days, he's still not where he needs to be to pitch for Minnesota, so the team will instead go with Anthony Swarzak on Sunday. However, if Milone continues to progress without a setback, he could still get in one more start before the year is out.
News: Swarzak will start for the Twins on Sunday against the Indians, Tyler Mason of Fox Sports North reports.
Impact: Swarzak will receive a spot start in the place of Tommy Milone, who is dealing with a neck injury. He didn't fare well in his last outing, allowing six runs over 4.2 innings of work, and now sports a 4.42 ERA over his 48 major league outings.
News: Escobar (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Indians, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Escobar will miss a second straight start with the jammed right shoulder, suffered on a diving attempt at short during the fourth inning of Tuesday's game. His status for the remainder of the weekend series is uncertain, but look for Danny Santana to continue manning short until Escobar is cleared to return.
News: Arcia (back) is in the lineup Friday against the Indians, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A back strain, suffered on a swing attempt during the eighth inning of Monday's game, ended up costing Arcia just two starts. Arcia will step back in Friday to face right-hander Trevor Bauer, against whom he's 4-for-8 with three homers so far in his career.
News: It's not clear if Milone (neck) will start Sunday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: If Milone can't make the start, Anthony Swarzak will likely make another spot start.
News: While Perkins is undergoing tests, the Twins believe he has nerve irritation in his left arm and will not need surgery, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The Twins haven't officially ruled him out for the rest of the season, but it seems very unlikely he'll pitch again. Jared Burton will likely serve as Minnesota's closer with Michael Tonkin and Lester Oliveros perhaps also given a save chance.
Jared Burton - #61 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 225lbs
News: Burton will get the first shot at closing games while Glen Perkins is sidelined with an arm injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The Twins haven't ruled out Perkings from pitching again, but his return would seem unlikley at this point. It's also possible the Twins could give save chances to Michael Tonkin and Lester Oliveros.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Santana finished a homer shy of the cycle in Wednesday's win over Detroit.
Impact: Santana's average is back up to .324 after going 9 for 18 over the last four games.
News: Santana went 3-for-5 with a triple, three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base against the Tigers on Wednesday.
Impact: Santana can really fill up a stat sheet when he's on and he has been of late. The rookie has four multi-hit games in a row for the second time this month. Santana is slashing .392/.415/.549 with six stolen bases in 51 September at-bats.
News: Gibson picked up his 12th win of the season Wednesday, allowing four runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings versus the Tigers.
Impact: Gibson's season is trending in the wrong direction, but he was still able to sneak out of this one with a victory. The 26-year-old has gone from a 4.64 ERA in July to 5.19 in August to 8.44 over three September starts. Gibson will take the hill Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
News: The Twins will attempt to rest Fien over the final week and a half of the season, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: After Fien was pelted for two homers in his latest appearance against the Tigers on Monday, the Twins are concerned his massive workload in middle relief has finally caught up to him. He's tossed a total of 144 games and 123.2 innings over the last two seasons, and seems to be showing some fatigue in the second half. Fien would have been a top candidate to fill in for Glen Perkins (neck/shoulder) as closer while he remains out for the next couple of days, but it looks like Jared Burton, Michael Tonkin or Lester Oliveros will be next in line to receive any save opportunities that come about.
News: Perkins will undergo tests on his neck and shoulder and won't be available until Friday at the soonest, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Perkins' numbers had taken a dive since he returned from a stiff neck last weekend, with the left-hander blowing two saves and surrendering six runs over his last 2.1 innings. The Twins hope that a couple of days off will be all he needs to get over the issue, but there's a real possibility Perkins will end up being shut down for the season. If that's the case, Jared Burton looks like the top candidate to pick up saves for the Twins in the interim.
News: Escobar (shoulder) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: A diving attempt at short Tuesday left Esocbar with a jammed right shoulder, and he'll miss at least one start as a result of the injury. Eduardo Nunez will draw the start in his absence. Escobar will be afforded another day to rest with the team off Thursday, but a return for Friday's opener against Cleveland is far from certain.
News: Arcia (back) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Arcia, who has been officially diagnosed with a back strain, told manager Ron Gardenhire he could play Tuesday, but the Twins decided to play it safe and hold him out. They will do so again Wednesday, likely in the hope that Arcia will be back at full strength in time for Friday's series opener against Cleveland. While he remained sidelined Wednesday, Arcia was able to take swings in the batting cage and hit off of a tee.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Escobar may be out for the rest of the season with a jammed right shoulder, according to the Pioneer Press.
Impact: It's unclear how much time he'll have to miss, but it may behoove the Twins to shut him down for the remainder of the year.
News: The Twins are worried about Perkins' health and may shut him down for the season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "We just want him to be honest with us and not hurt himself," said manager Ron Gardenhire.
Impact: Perkins has a 13.50 ERA in September and has battled a stiff neck most of the month. With the Twins eliminated from the playoff race, it would seem likely that Perkins may be shut down. Jared Burton would be the likely closer the final two weeks, but the Star Tribune suggests Michael Tonkin could be given a look.
News: Perkins blew his seventh game of the season Tuesday but picked up his fourth win after the Twins walked off the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth.
Impact: Perkins came in with a two-run cushion in the ninth inning, but then gave up a three-run homer to J.D. Martinez after giving up two hits. It's been a little dicey for Perkins in the ninth inning at times this season, but he still has a firm hold on the closer job in Minneapolis.
Ricky Nolasco - #47 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 228lbs
News: Nolasco was superb Tuesday, pitching eight shutout innings while allowing five hits and one walk with five strikeouts in eight innings against the Tigers.
Impact: Sadly, Nolasco was not awarded a win for this dominant effort, as Glen Perkins lost the lead in the ninth inning. This was just the second time this season that Nolasco didn't allow a run in a start, and since he only went seven innings on the other occasion (Aug. 26), there's no debating that this was his best start of the season. He'll look to continue his strong finish to the season Monday against the Diamondbacks and then he'll make his last start of the season Sept. 27 in Detroit.
News: Arcia, who has been diagnosed with a strained back, told manager Ron Gardenhire he could play Tuesday, but he was instead given the night off, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: We now have an official diagnosis for Arcia, who appeared to injure himself on a swing attempt during Monday's game. The fact that he told Gardenhire he could play Tuesday suggests that Arcia may be close to returning to the lineup.
News: Escobar left Tuesday's game against the Tigers with a jammed right shoulder, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Eduardo Nunez came into the game at short, after Escobar hurt himself on a diving attempt in the fourth inning. Consider Escobar, who singled off Rick Porcello in his lone at-bat of the contest, day-to-day and questionable to play in Wednesday's series finale.
News: Arcia (back) is out of the Twins' lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: Arcia appeared to injure himself on a swing attempt during the sixth inning of Monday's game, and while he remains without an official diagnosis, he'll miss at least one start as a result of the injury. Aaron Hicks will step in at right field in his absence. The timing couldn't be much worse for Arcia, as he has hit safely in each of his last seven games, with three homers over that span, but consider him no worse than day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's contest.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Mauer went 2 for 4 with four RBIs in Monday's 8-6 loss to Detroit.
Impact: It was a big day for Mauer, who had gone 10 games without an RBI.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Arcia went deep again in Monday's 8-6 loss to Detroit.
Impact: Arcia is hitting .367 with four homers and seven RBIs over a nine-game stretch.
News: Fien gave up back-to-back home runs to Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning of Monday's loss to Detroit. He was used in the ninth inning with both Glen Perkins and Jared Burton unavailable, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Both Burton and Perkins were unavailable due to some needed rest, so Fien was used in high-leverage situation, though not technically a save situation. Fien's late-season struggles continue as he has a 12.38 ERA (11 ER in 8 IP) since Aug. 24.
News: Arcia left Monday's game against the Tigers in the eighth inning after injuring his back during a swing attempt earlier in the sixth inning, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Arcia will be evaluated further Tuesday and his status for the Twins' second game of the Detroit series hangs in the balance. Until he's reevaluated, there's not much reason to assume this injury should affect the 23-year-old's long-term availability.
News: Mauer was the provider for the Twins on Monday, going 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored.
Impact: Mauer twice plated two runs on singles Monday night. The face of the Twins' franchise has already plated nine runs this month after knocking in just 41 before Monday's contest. Mauer has hit .274 in 419 at-bats this season.
News: Arcia had a big knock Monday, launching a solo home run in the Twins' loss to the Tigers.
Impact: Arcia has now hit safely in seven straight games, homering in four of his last eight contests. The young outfielder missed a lot of time early in the season, but still has 18 home runs and 52 RBI for the Twins.
News: Swarzak was routed Monday night, allowing six runs in 4.2 innings against the Tigers.
Impact: The spot start did not work out for the 29-year-old hurler. Swarzak now has a 4.42 ERA in 48 major league outings -- two starts. If he sticks in the rotation he will face the Indians at home this weekend.
News: Milone (neck) is dealing with inflammation in his neck, but general manager Terry Ryan said there is a possibility he pitches again in 2014, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Milone was scratched from his scheduled start Monday, and an MRI revealed inflammation in his neck, which led to persistent discomfort. With only a dozen games remaining on the schedule, and the Twins well out of contention, it's possible the team will shut Milone down in hopes of avoiding further injury. However, if the inflammation subsides, he could see another start before the season comes to a close.
News: Swarzak will start Monday against Detroit, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: He'll make a spot start but could remain in the rotation with Tommy Milone unlikely to return from a neck injury.
Kennys Vargas - #19 - First Base - 6'5" - 273lbs
News: Vargas is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, according to LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Impact: Vargas has started every game for the Twins since Aug. 1, but he will get a day off after going 0-for-12 in his last three games. Josmil Pinto will serve as the Twins' DH with Vargas on the bench.
Brian Dozier - #2 - Second Base - 5'11" - 190lbs
News: Dozier is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, according to LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Impact: Dozier is hitting just .154 in 39 at-bats this month, so manager Ron Gardenhire decided to give him a day off for the first time since Sept. 3. Eduardo Escobar will man second base for the Twins in Dozier's place.
News: Perkins returned from a stiff neck and promptly blew the save against the White Sox on Saturday, giving up a walk and a two-run home run to Dayan Viciedo while recording only one out.
Impact: Perkins has now blown six saves this season, but he still maintains a respectable 3.17 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 65:11 K:BB ratio. It was his first time pitching in nine days after sitting out with neck stiffness.
News: Darnell lasted 4.1 innings against the White Sox on Saturday, allowing seven hits, two walks, and four runs (three earned) while striking out five.
Impact: It was Darnell's fourth start for the last-place Twins, and again he struggled. Darnell pitched in place of Tommy Milone (neck).
Kurt Suzuki - #8 - Catcher - 5'11" - 233lbs
News: Suzuki is out of the lineup for the second game of a doubleheader Saturday versus the White Sox, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Suzuki will yield the second game to Eric Fryer, as expected. The former went 1-for-2 in the first game with a walk and a run scored.
News: Santana is out of the lineup for Game 2 of a doubleheader Saturday against the White Sox, Lavelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Santana started the first game of the doubleheader, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, but will get a rest for the second game. Jordan Schafer will man center field while Chris Parmelee enters the lineup in left to face Scott Carroll.
News: Swarzak is the top candidate to start Monday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Manager Ron Gardenhire said that Swarzak is "the hope" for Monday, with Tommy Milone scratched due to neck issues, but everything will depend on how the bullpen is used this weekend. The 29-year-old Swarzak gave up four homers in 13.1 innings in August but is still sitting with a 3.00 ERA since the All-Star break.
News: Milone (neck) has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: The Twins will be forced to find a replacement for Monday, after Milone's neck presented issues on every pitch of his bullpen session on Saturday morning. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the hope is that Anthony Swarzak will take the hill, though he acknowledged the possibility he may have to use Swarzak out of the bullpen this weekend.
News: Milone said Saturday that the right side of his neck is still bothering him, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Milone's availability for Monday's start against Detroit is now in question, after his neck presented issues during a side session Saturday. If he's unable to go, the Twins may have to turn to Anthony Swarzak to oppose reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.
News: Schafer is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Impact: With lefty Jose Quintana on the hill for Chicago in Game 1, manager Robin Ventura will turn to Aaron Hicks to man left field. Look for Schafer to be in there to face right-hander Scott Carroll in the nightcap.
News: Darnell will start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Friday's postponement has opened the door for Darnell to make his fourth start of the season, opposite Scott Carroll in the nightcap of the twin bill. Darnell has not fared well in his 16.2 innings with the big club, with 16 earned runs allowed on 21 hits, and he'll likely have a short leash Saturday.
News: Milone (shoulder) is now scheduled to start Monday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Milone will be afforded a couple extra days to rest his ailing shoulder, with Friday's game postponed due to inclement weather. Phil Hughes and Logan Darnell will start Games 1 and 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, respectively.
News: Friday's game against the White Sox, where Hughes had been scheduled to start, has been postponed due to rain, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: As a result, both Hughes and Jose Quintana will be moved back to start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, with Logan Darnell to follow for the Twins in the nightcap. Trevor May will still start Sunday, meaning Tommy Milone now goes Monday.
Caleb Thielbar - #56 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 197lbs
News: Thielbar gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader sweep to the Indians to increase his ERA to 3.45.
Impact: Thielbar has seen his strikeout rate decline to 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings from 7.6 last season, but he's largely had the same season despite an increase in his ERA to 3.45 from 1.76. He's given up more hits, however, as a he's seen a sharp increase to a .312 BABIP from a .181 BABIP last season.
News: Gibson (11-11) was slammed for seven runs on seven hits and two walks in just three innings Thursday against Cleveland.
Impact: Gibson's rough start in the afternoon game of Thursday's doubleheader set the Twins' tone for the day, as they ended up getting swept. Although he looked promising at times in the first half of the season and his strikeout rate spiked conspicuously in August, the second half of the year has largely been an unmitigated disaster for Gibson. He has a 5.74 ERA since the All-Star break and has been allowed a particularly ugly 22 runs over 25 innings in his last five starts. Never a strikeout artist, he has a 16:12 K:BB over that span. For now, he remains scheduled to start Tuesday against Detroit, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Twins shut him down soon, considering the way he's flagged down the stretch.
Ricky Nolasco - #47 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 228lbs
News: Nolasco (5-11) delivered seven strong innings Thursday in Cleveland, allowing just a run on six hits while striking out five, but was stuck with the loss.
Impact: The lone blemish on his record was a Carlos Santana solo homer, but that was enough to send him to his fifth consecutive losing decision; in fact, he hasn't won a game since July 1. Nolasco and the Twins are just trying to find some positive notes at the end of what's been an atrocious season for the 31-year-old righty, and in that vein, he's given up two or fewer earned runs in three of his last four outings. However, in the other one, he gave up eight. Nolasco's allowed five or more runs nine times this season; for comparison, he's allowed two or fewer runs seven times. He'll continue looking for reasons to be optimistic Wednesday against the White Sox.
News: Schafer is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Schafer will give way to Chris Parmelee in left field with a left-hander in T.J. House set to start the second game for Cleveland. Following an 0-for-3 performance in Game 1, Schafer is now just 1-for-his-last-14.
News: Escobar is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader with the Indians, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Escobar received the nod at shortstop in the early tilt, going 1-for-3. He's continued to hold down a respectable .273 average for the season, but the absence of home runs (five) and stolen bases (one) has made his fantasy production rather lukewarm. Eduardo Nunez will cover shortstop for Escobar in the final game of the series.
News: Santana is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Making his return from a two-game absence, Santana went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's matinee. Manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't want to play Santana in both games of the doubleheader, which is certainly understandable, given the tricky nature of back issues. Aaron Hicks gets the nod in center.
Kurt Suzuki - #8 - Catcher - 5'11" - 233lbs
News: Suzuki is out of the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Indians, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Suzuki backstopped the Twins for the first game of the twin bill, going 0-for-4 at the dish. He'll be spelled in Game 2 by Josmil Pinto, who could end up roughly splitting catching duties with Suzuki over the final couple of weeks of the season.
News: Mauer is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Mauer will turn first base over to Kennys Vargas after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the first game of the twin bill. A sore left shoulder limited Mauer to DH duty for a few games at the end of August, but it hasn't seemed to present any issues so far in September, as he's recorded nine hits in 31 at-bats.
News: Santana (back) has returned to the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader with the Indians.
Impact: Though it was thought Santana would return to the lineup Wednesday, the team determined the 23-year-old could use one more day of rest to aid his strained back. With Santana enduring no setbacks overnight, he'll slot back into center field and bat leadoff for the twins in the first half of a twin bill. There's still a good chance that he could get the nightcap off as a precaution, but Santana otherwise looks to be in good shape for regular duty heading into the weekend.
News: Milone (shoulder) will rejoin the Minnesota rotation Sunday against the White Sox, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Milone hasn't pitched since Sept. 2, after he experienced shoulder soreness following his abbreviated start against the White Sox. Some time off was apparently all that was necessary for Milone to regain health, but it's still difficult to be optimistic about his prospects the rest of the way. The soft-tossing lefty has been blasted for 18 runs and 36 hits over his 20.1 innings with the Twins, so he may need to finish the season with a flourish if he hopes to find himself in the team's Opening Day rotation.
News: Gibson will not make his scheduled start Wednesday night due to the postponement of Wednesday's game against the Indians.
Impact: The Twins and Indians will make up Wednesday's game by playing a doubleheader Thursday. Gibson is lined up to start the early game and face off against Indians ace Corey Kluber.
News: Schafer is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Schafer returned to the lineup Tuesday after sitting out two games with bruised ribs, so it looks as though manager Ron Gardenhire is just hesitant to play him in back-to-back games right away. In his stead, Chris Parmelee will cover left field.
News: Santana (back) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Indians, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Santana hasn't played since leaving Saturday's game with a back strain, but he was expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday. He was available off the bench Tuesday, so that could be the case again for Wednesday. Santana had been progressing well, so a return within the next few days would seem possible barring a setback, though nothing's definite at this time.
News: Schafer (ribs) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Indians, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Schafer missed the Twins' last two games after bruising his ribs in Friday's contest, but he will return to action Tuesday. Schafer will man left field and bat leadoff with Danny Santana (back) sidelined.
News: Santana (back) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Indians, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Santana hoped he would be able to play Tuesday following a team off day, but it appears he needs more time to rest his sore back. Aaron Hicks will start in center field in Santana's place.
Trevor May - #65 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 215lbs
News: May allowed two runs on five hits while walking four and fanning three over five innings in a win over the Indians on Tuesday.
Impact: The win brings May's record to 2-4 on the season to go with a hideous 8.38 ERA and 2.07 WHIP through 29 innings. He's slated to next take the mound Sunday against the White Sox
News: General manager Terry Ryan expects Santana (back) to be in Wednesday's lineup, the Star Tribune's LaVelle E. Neal III reports.
Impact: Santana is available off the bench Tuesday after taking part in pre-game activities, and is nearing full health. Santana has been one of the few legitimate bright spots among the Twins' hitters this season, sporting a .320 average with seven home runs and 15 steals in just 84 games. There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical heading into 2015, as his production with the bat in his big-league debut dwarfs anything he accomplished in the minor leagues, but for now, his owners should enjoy the ride as long as it lasts.
News: Perkins (neck) will likely be available out of the Twins' bullpen Wednesday, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Perkins threw lightly Tuesday and reported no issues, so it appears he has recovered from his neck injury. He will sit out one more game so that he does not have to throw twice Tuesday, but he figures to be summoned from the bullpen Wednesday if the Twins need to protect a late lead.
News: Santana (back) could be available off the bench Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Santana will not start Tuesday, but he was able to take batting practice prior to the game, so it appears he was at least close to playing. Santana reported feeling "stiff" Tuesday, but if he is feeling better Wednesday, he could play for the first time since Saturday.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santana (back) said he may be able to play in Minnesota's next game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I think I'm OK Tuesday," he said.
Impact: Santana did not play Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with a sore back. He didn't sound too positive about returning, so he may need a few more days off.
News: Darnell allowed five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three in 4.2 innings in the Twins' 14-4 loss to the Angels on Sunday.
Impact: Darnell got the start for the injured Tommy Milone. It remains to be seen whether Darnell will continue starting for the Twins this season, as his results have been mediocre.
News: Arcia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: Arcia will take the day off Sunday with the left-handed C.J. Wilson on the mound for the Angels. Chris Parmelee will start in right field and bat seventh for the Twins.
News: Schafer (ribs) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, but will be available off the bench, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: Schafer will miss his second straight game Sunday due to a rib injury. Eduardo Nunez will start in left field and bat second for the Twins.
News: Santana (back) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Angels, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Santana left Saturday's game with a back strain and it looks like he may need a day or two off.
News: Fien (forearm) gave up two runs in one inning in a loss to the Angels on Saturday.
Impact: Fien was hit in the forearm by a ball Friday, but was able to pitch Saturday. Unfortunately the injury may be contributing to his recent struggles, as he's given up nine runs over his last 5.1 innings.
News: Schafer was out of the Twins' starting lineup Saturday a night after bruising ribs during a crash into the outfield wall.
Impact: Assistant general manager Rob Antony said Schafer was available to pinch run.
News: Perkins is being shut down for the season by the Minnesota Twins because of a strain and secondary nerve irritation in his left forearm. The Twins made the announcement on Friday.
Impact: Perkins, a Minnesota native who signed a four-year, $22 million contract extension in March, had 34 saves in 41 chances. He blew three of his last five and posted an ERA of 14.21 ERA.
News: Santana returned Thursday for the Twins.
Impact: Santana left Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels because of a strained left lower back.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Escobar went 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs in Wednesday's 11-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Impact: Escobar broke out in a big way after he had gone 4 for 32 with 11 strikeouts over his previous nine contests.
Eduardo Nunez - #9 - Short Stop - 6'0" - 185lbs
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Nunez went 4 for 6 with a triple and two RBIs in Wednesday's 11-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Impact: Nunez raised his batting average from .251 to .266 with the performance.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Mauer went 3 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs in Monday's win in Baltimore.
Impact: Mauer isn't producing any power. He had been 3 for 23 without an extra-base hit in his previous seven games. He's gone 15 without a home run, and he's flirting with a career-low OPS at .731.