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Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Fuld went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-3 win over the White Sox.
Impact: Fuld was 2 for 18 over the previous seven games. He remains a decent - but hardly great - fantasy option.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins loaded the bases in the ninth inning but kept the White Sox off the board in Sunday's 4-3 win, earning his 25th save of the season.
Impact: Perkins gave up back-to-back singles to Jose Abreu and Paul Konerko, but struck out two of the next three batters and coaxed a game-ending fly out from Gordon Beckham to end the threat. The lefty needed a whopping 33 pitches to escape with the save, but with the Twins off the schedule Monday, Perkins should be available for Tuesday's series opener in Kansas City.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Plouffe was 2 for 4 on Saturday.
Impact: Plouffe is 9 for 21 against Chicago.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Darnell was ripped to shreds Saturday.
Impact: Darnell made his first major league start. A day after being recalled to fill in for injured Kyle Gibson, Darnell allowed seven runs and 11 hits while striking out seven in five innings. "I really wasn't nervous," Darnell said. With Darnell, nerves are not an excuse, it's ability.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauer (oblique) will take swings in the cages Monday before hitting on the field Wednesday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Mauer has been taking swings in the cages for a few days now, but it appears a timeline has finally been established for him to take the next step. If he can take live batting practice free of pain, he should be cleared for a return to live baseball action in the near future. Mauer hasn't taken the field in nearly a month, so there's a chance he could be sent on a brief rehab assignment to get his timing back before returning to the Twins.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suzuki is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports
Impact: Suzuki will take a seat after catching three straight games for the Twins. Eric Fryer will man the backstop in his stead and catch Sunday's starter, Yohan Pino.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson (back) threw a bullpen session Saturday and was declared ready to start Tuesday at Kansas City, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Gibson was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday with a sore back, but has made steady progress the past few days.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Willingham hit his 10th homer of the year and his second in four games in Friday's 9-5 loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Willingham remains a fantasy bust, batting .213 and playing in only 55 games thus far.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nolasco (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, after which he could be cleared for a rehab assignment, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Nolasco performed well enough in long toss earlier in the week to be cleared for a Sunday bullpen session, which should help determine his next step. It was previously thought that he may not need a rehab assignment, but the Twins will now give him one turn in the minors just to be safe. He should return to the rotation in early August.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fuld went 0-for-4, but started his fifth consecutive game in left field in Friday's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: It looks like Fuld will stay in the outfield despite the return of Danny Santana from the DL as Josh Willingham has shifted to DH after the trade of Kendrys Morales. Santana has taken back his starting center field role.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Colabello started at first base and went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Friday's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: With the trade of Kendrys Morales and with Joe Mauer still on the DL, Colabello should see an increase of playing time at first base and DH. It looks like he could platoon at first base with Chris Parmelee.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Correia struggled through four innings Friday night, giving up seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and two walks in a losing effort against the White Sox.
Impact: Correia was on a nice roll for the Twins heading into the All-Star break, but has struggled mightily through two second-half starts. The veteran righty has been battered for 10 earned runs over eight innings since the Midsummer Classic, surrendering 17 hits and five free passes in the process. Correia is scheduled to be back atop the mound Thursday versus the Royals.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Twins plan to bring up left-hander Logan Darnell from Triple-A Rochester to start Saturday against the Chicago White Sox in place of ailing Kyle Gibson.
Impact: Darnell, who was 5-5 with a 3.43 ERA for Rochester, will be making his first major league start. A corresponding roster move will be made after Friday's game.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson (back) will throw a bullpen session Saturday and if all goes well, he'll start Tuesday against the Royals, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: He has been encouraged by his progress in trying to get over the stiff back that plagued him earlier in the week, and all signs point to him starting the Twins' first game next week.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Willingham was 0 for 4 in Thursday's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Willingham is hitting .207 after hitting .208 a year ago. That's lame.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson (back) was encouraged by his activity Friday and is confident he will return to the Twins' rotation Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: He had a 120-foot long toss session and threw 10-15 pitches in the bullpen Friday, and while he won't make his scheduled start Saturday, he won't be pushed back a full five days, as the Twins have an opening in the rotation Tuesday in Kansas City.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire sounded optimistic Friday that Hughes will make his next scheduled start after taking a liner off his shin during Thursday's start, FOX Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.
Impact: He limped off the field in the fourth inning Thursday, but it doesn't sound like he'll miss a start due to the lower leg injury. After posting a 1.62 ERA in May, he had a 4.10 ERA in June and followed that up with a whopping 5.97 ERA in 28.2 July innings. His FIP is still a sterling 2.71, but he's definitely trending in the wrong direction.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Plouffe will get the day off Friday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Eduardo Nunez will spell Plouffe Friday, but look for him to be back in the lineup Saturday as he's one of the few Twins with a pretty firm hold on a position.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Hughes left the game against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night in the fourth inning after taking a comebacker off his right ankle.
Impact: White Sox slugger Adam Dunn led off the fourth with a sharp chopper right back at Hughes. The starter had no chance to get out of the way before it plunked him on his ankle, and Hughes was immediately stunned by the impact. However, Hughes is expected to make his next scheduled start.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Updating a previous report, Hughes exited Thursday's game due to a right shin contusion, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Hughes limped off the field Thursday after being struck with a comebacker in the fourth inning, and the ailment is now officially being called a shin contusion. He may end up questionable for his next start, but it will likely depend on the severity of the bruise and how well he's able to push off that leg. Hughes had allowed two earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts before exiting.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hughes left Thursday's game in the fourth inning after getting hit in the leg with a line drive.
Impact: Hughes took a sharp comeback, and after visiting with trainers, exited the game in favor of Samuel Deduno. Hughes will likely undergo further testing, with additional information being made available following Thursday's game.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nolasco participated in long toss once again Thursday, putting him on track for a Sunday bullpen session, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Nolasco had been hoping to complete a bullpen session at some point this weekend, and this report confirms that the right-hander is on track to achieve this goal. He'll likely need at least one additional side session to build up his arm strength, but there's a chance he could return to the Twins' rotation without requiring a rehab stint. Sunday's progress should serve as a strong indication as to the 31-year-old's potential timetable.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauer (oblique) took swings in a batting cage for the second straight day Thursday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: After taking swings on consecutive days, the next step for Mauer will be to take live batting practice. No exact date has been set for this step just yet, so he remains without a clear timetable for return. The 31-year-old hasn't seen game action since July 1, and is likely hoping for a mid-August return.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Swarzak pitched five sharp innings in a short-notice start as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday.
Impact: Swarzak has made 29 career starts dating back to 2009, but this was his first since Oct. 2, 2012. Such a surprise assignment can be a challenge for a pitcher, less than 14 hours after finding out, but that can also work against an opponent that hasn't fully prepared to face him. Four of Swarzazk's five innings were perfect. "I felt like I might've had a little bit more in the tank," Swarzak said.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Herrmann was placed on the minor league DL on Thursday due to a right thumb contusion, Brandon Warne of the Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: In three stints with the Twins this season, Herrmann logged time in 18 outings, batting a piddling .143/.200/.143 across 42 at-bats. However, he's slashed .308/.382/.500 with 18 extra-base hits in 120 at-bats as a member of Triple-A Rochester. It's unclear how long his second stay on the disabled list will last, but another major league appearance before the year ends isn't out of the question, once he achieves full health of course.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: The Seattle Mariners have reacquired first baseman Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Minnesota Twins for Pryor. The deal was done Thursday.
Impact: The 25-year-old Prior has appeared in 34 games for the Mariners since 2012, posting a 2.81 ERA. He will report to Triple-A Rochester.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Ron Gardenhire indicated that it's unlikely Gibson (back stiffness) will be ready to go for Saturday's scheduled start against the White Sox, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: The Twins haven't made an official call on Saturday's starter, but given the pessimistic news regarding Gibson, look for the team to turn to Triple-A arm Logan Darnell to fill the void. If the team indeed elects to go that route for Saturday's start, Gibson could be placed on the disabled list to facilitate Darnell's call-up.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Mariners traded Pryor to the Twins on Thursday in exchange for Kendrys Morales.
Impact: Seattle was in dire need of some offensive help after scoring just 55 runs in 18 July games, so the team reacquired Morales. Aside from one appearance with the big club earlier this month, Pryor has spent the year at Triple-A Tacoma, posting a 4.65 ERA and 27:18 K:BB over 31 innings. Jorge Polanco was recalled to take Morales' spot on the Twins' active roster, but Pryor will likely get a chance to work in a long-relief role with Minnesota before too long.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Twins have designated right-hander Matt Guerrier for assignment and will recall Pressly from Triple-A Rochester to take his place in the bullpen.
Impact: Pressly will join the team Friday.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Twins have designated Guerrier for assignment and will recall right-hander Ryan Pressly from Triple-A Rochester to take his place in the bullpen. The move was made Wednesday. The Twins have 10 days to trade or place Guerrier on unconditional waivers. If he clears waivers, Minnesota can release him.
Impact: Guerrier had a 3.86 ERA in 27 appearances, but he gave up four runs in the ninth inning Tuesday. The 35-year-old is third on the club's all-time relief innings list with 488. Guerrier was one of three former Twins from playoff teams of the previous decade who returned this spring to make the opening day roster, but he was the third to go after Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arcia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's victory over the Indians.
Impact: Arcia recorded his first long ball since June 25 -- a 367-foot shot in the sixth inning off Trevor Bauer. Despite the homer, Arcia has been inconsistent at the plate this season, batting just .222 with an alarming 29.6 percent strikeout rate.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to pick up his 24th save of the season.
Impact: Perkins is a perfect 4-for-4 in July save opportunities, and owns a spotless 3-0 record on the season. With a 1.04 WHIP and 54:7 K:BB ratio on the season, the 31-year-old remains one of the safer plays in fantasy this year.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Swarzak allowed two hits, one earned run and a walk with three strikeouts over five innings to pick up the victory Wednesday against the Indians.
Impact: Making his first start since October of 2012, Swarzak put the Twins in a position to emerge victorious after tossing five innings of one-run ball. He was originally supposed to be capped at 60 pitches in the spot start, but manager Ron Gardenhire was pleased enough with his effectiveness to allow him to reach 74 (51 strikes). The 28-year-old righty is now likely headed back to the bullpen, as the Twins hope Kyle Gibson (back) will be healthy enough to make his scheduled start Saturday. If Gibson's back is still a bit stiff, the Twins may once again turn to Swarzak, especially considering his performance in this start.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pressly was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The 25-year-old right-hander was making a strong case for a promotion at Rochester, posting a 2.98 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.4 K/9 in 35 appearances, and after Matt Guerrier imploded Tuesday, the Twins decided to make the switch. In 76.2 innings with the big club last season, Pressley fanned just 49 batters, so it seems likely he'll work exclusively in middle relief while up.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Dozier was 3 for 5 with his 19th homer of the year in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Indians.
Impact: Dozier had been 0 for 12 over his previous three games.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Twins designated Guerrier for assignment Wednesday, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: Guerrier's 27th appearance with the Twins was a disastrous one, as he gave up four runs on four hits and two walks to raise his ERA by more than 110 points (to 3.86). He managed to strike out just 12 batters in 28 innings in total, and the Twins have decided to boot him once again. It seems likely Guerrier will pass through waivers unclaimed and play out the remainder of the season as organizational depth in the minors.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Twins are hopeful Gibson (back stiffness) will be able to take the mound Saturday vs. the White Sox, FOX Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.
Impact: The Twins are skipping Gibson on Wednesday to give him some time to heal up from the back woes, but if he's not ready to go by Sunday, a trip to the DL will have to be considered. The Twins will try to get by with long reliever Anthony Swarzak making a spot start for Gibson on Wednesday.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauer (oblique) hit in the batting cage Wednesday, LeVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Mauer continues to ramp up toward taking batting practice, but there remains no clear indication that will happen anytime soon. Consider him out indefinitely due to continued discomfort in his right oblique.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Deduno will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday against the Indians in long relief, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: Manager Ron Gardenhire has tabbed Anthony Swarzak as the starter, which is a perilous proposition due to Swarzak's dour month of July (six earned runs on 10 hits while recording four strikeouts in nine innings). Meanwhile, Deduno has pitched brilliantly in his last six appearances, allowing only one run on nine hits and five walks to go with 17 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. If Swarzak falters, Deduno could find himself in line for enough work to be considered in the decision.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Swarzak will be capped at 60 pitches Wednesday in his spot start against the Indians, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: Thus, a strained inning could place the burden on the Twins' bullpen to carry the load. The preceding was hinted at by manager Ron Gardenhire, who said that Samuel Deduno will be available as a reliever. Considering Swarzak has allowed six runs on 10 hits, while striking out four in nine innings this month, Deduno could very well be in for a lengthy outing Wednesday.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willingham is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Indians, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Ron Gardenhire will give the veteran Willingham some rest as the Twins and Indians meet up at 12:10 p.m. local time. Sam Fuld will cover left field and Kendrys Morales will handle DH duties while Willingham sits. The 35-year-old could generate some interest at the trade deadline, but his mediocre numbers this season (.212 batting average, nine homers and 28 RBI in 53 games) suggests the Twins may only receive a mediocre return.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Indians, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Escobar had started all five of the Twins' games since the All-Star break, so he'll just be receiving a breather Wednesday, with the team playing a day game after a night game. Eduardo Nunez will cover shortstop in his stead.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suzuki is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Indians, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Suzuki started the first two games of the series behind the plate, going 4-for-7 with a walk and two RBI. With the Twins and Indians meeting up for an afternoon tilt Wednesday, Suzuki will be rested in favor of backup Eric Fryer.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: GM Terry Ryan said Nolasco (elbow) will throw his first bullpen session over the weekend, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Nolasco has been steadily increasing his long-toss distance this week as he recovers from right elbow soreness. It's uncertain just yet how many pitches Nolasco will throw in his session, but the right-hander will probably need to throw at least one additional session after the weekend before embarking on a possible rehab assignment.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson has been scratched from Wednesday's start against Cleveland due to lower back stiffness. Gibson, 8-8 with a 4.19 ERA, will be replaced by Swarzak.
Impact: Swarzak is 1-0 with 4.34 in 30 relief appearances this season. The right-hander has 28 career starts but hasn't started a game since 2012.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Gibson has been scratched from Wednesday's start against Cleveland due to lower back stiffness.
Impact: Gibson, 8-8 with a 4.19 ERA, will be replaced by Anthony Swarzak. Manager Ron Gardenhire says team doctors told him Gibson's back felt tight after throwing in the bullpen and then it locked up.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dozier went 3-for-5 at the plate Tuesday, while slugging his 19th home run of the year and adding a double in the Twins' 8-2 loss to the Indians.
Impact: Coming into Tuesday's game Dozier was mired in an 0-12 drought, but caught fire Tuesday. Dozier continues to build on an impressive season, as his .769 OPS ranks seventh in the majors among second basemen.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Swarzak will get a spot start Wednesday against the Indians, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Kyle Gibson was scratched with a stiff back, so Swarzak will make his first start since 2012. In 146 innings as a starter, Swarzak has a 5.79 ERA, and the fact that he isn't stretched out and will probably exit before pitching five innings makes him a very unappealing fantasy option.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson is dealing with a stiff back and will not make his scheduled start Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Anthony Swarzak will get the spot start in Gibson's place against the Indians. It's possible, given the holes in Minnesota's rotation, that Gibson could start Saturday against the White Sox, instead of next Tuesday, which is his next scheduled start.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauer (oblique) has progressed to hitting off a tee, but there is still no timetable for a return to the Twins, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Until Mauer takes part in full batting practice, the Twins won't release a timetable for his return. It would seem he will likely move on to facing live pitching in the near future, but even then, he could be several weeks away from returning to the big league lineup.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Suzuki went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in Monday's 4-3 win over Cleveland.
Impact: Suzuki is batting .414 over the last nine games.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willingham went 2-for-3 with a home run Monday in a win over the Indians.
Impact: Willingham scored twice and drew a walk, but the big story was his eighth-inning, go-ahead home run. After the game, the veteran outfielder said he's feeling better at the plate, and he now has hits in four of his last five games. Willingham is slashing .217/.365/.422 with nine long balls on the year.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins converted his 23rd save of the season Monday, pitching a perfect ninth inning against the Indians.
Impact: Perkins' save was his first since July 10, unless you count the one from Tuesday's All-Star Game. The lefty has allowed only one run in July, lowering his ERA from 3.41 to 2.83, with a 0.75 WHIP over that span.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suzuki and the Twins had talks recently that failed to agree on a contract extension, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Suzuki is playing on a one-year, $2.75 million contract.
Impact: The Twins failing to extend Suzuki's contract beyond this season would appear to increase the risk he's traded before the end of July. With the Twins out of the playoff race and still in rebuilding mode, trading Suzuki while he's playing well could be a wise long-term move.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Monday's start against the Indians, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Johnson's demotion will free up a roster spot for Yohan Pino, who is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Indians. While his spot in the rotation is on shaky footing, Johnson could be brought back up for another outing. He was decent Monday night, holding Cleveland to two runs on five hits and three walks over five innings.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nolasco threw from 120 feet Monday, after which manager Ron Gardenhire said the right-hander could return to the rotation without a rehab stint, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Expect Nolasco to throw a bullpen session by the end of the week, and a subsequent evaluation should determine the next stage in his recovery. However, an assignment could help him work out the kinks that have led to a 5.90 ERA and 1.621 WHIP in 103.2 innings this season.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Parmelee is in the lineup Monday against the Indians, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Parmelee has been splitting time in right field with Oswaldo Arcia of late, and he sat out the both Friday and Sunday's games versus right-handed starters. However, with lefty T.J. House on the mound for Cleveland on Monday, Parmelee will return to the lineup, batting eighth and manning right field.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suzuki is back in the lineup Monday against the Indians, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Suzuki received a scheduled day off Sunday, as Eric Fryer got the start behind the plate. He's back in action Monday, batting sixth against Indians' starter T.J. House.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arcia is not in the lineup Monday against the Indians, MLB.com reports.
Impact: After starting in right field Sunday, Arcia will yield to Chris Parmelee, as the Twins face left-hander T.J. House. Arcia is hitting just .143 against southpaws this season.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson will start Monday against Cleveland, making consecutive starts for the first time in the majors, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: It's not clear if Johnson will stick in the rotation as the Twins haven't been forthcoming about their plans (a starter hasn't been announced for Tuesday's game). It's possible Johnson could stick in the rotation for the second half, but Trevor May and Alex Meyer await at Triple-A and Ricky Nolasco should eventually return from an elbow injury.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Hughes was hit hard again in Saturday's 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: Hughes allowed all five runs and 11 hits over seven innings. He's surrendered at least five runs in all but one of his last six starts, a stretch during which he's posted a 6.34 ERA.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Correia labored through four innings Sunday, surrendering four earned runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out four in a loss to the Rays.
Impact: Correia added to his AL-leading loss total with Sunday's effort, as the veteran hurler now holds an unsightly 5-12 mark for the campaign. The 33-year-old had been turning in solid work for the Twins over the past several weeks leading into the break, posting a 2.30 ERA across his last seven outings. Correia will be looking to get back on track when he takes the mound versus the White Sox on Friday.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nolasco (elbow) is expected to play catch from 120 feet Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: If all goes well with the throwing sessions over the next few days, Nolasco could be primed for a bullpen session by the end of the week. Nolasco has been a huge disappointment this season with a 5.90 ERA and 1.62 WHIP, and he'll need to return from the disabled list in a huge way if he has any hope of justifying the first season of his four-year, $49 million contract.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suzuki is out of the lineup Sunday vs. the Rays, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: It's likely just a day off for Suzuki, who started the first two games of the series behind the dish for the Twins. He managed only one hit in his seven at-bats over the pair of games, but his batting average still sits at a laudable .305 for the season.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hughes allowed five earned runs and 11 hits over seven innings Saturday in a loss to the Rays.
Impact: Hughes allowed 11 hits Saturday, matching the most hits against him this season. He also struck out only one batter, a season-low. He'll look to bounce back in his next start against the White Sox.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauer (oblique) took a few groundballs and played soft toss Saturday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "At least he's [doing] baseball activity," general manager Terry Ryan said. "Let's wait and see what he comes in feeling like tomorrow. Maybe he'll be able to swing pretty soon."
Impact: It's a good sign that Mauer is starting to do some activity, but he said that he still feels soreness in his oblique when he sneezes or coughs. He's still likely several weeks away from returning since he'll need a rehab stint.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arcia is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rays, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Arcia has been reaching base with regularity in July, putting up a .244/.393/.311 line with eight walks versus 12 strikeouts in 45 at-bats. However, he'll yield right field to Chris Parmelee, who is hitting seventh in the order.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willingham is out of the lineup Saturday versus the Rays, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Willingham's plate presence has been brutal in July, as he's contributed just four hits, including one homer, while striking out 17 times versus nine walks in 41 at-bats. In his place, Kendrys Morales is handling DH and batting cleanup.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fuld isn't in the lineup Saturday versus the Rays, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: After starting fifteen games in a row in the Twins' outfield, Fuld is taking a seat, handing left field to Eduardo Nunez. During that span, Fuld cobbled together two separate six-game hitting streaks, batting .409 (18-for-44) with one home run, six RBI, seven runs, four stolen bases (in six attempts), and a whopping 10 walks versus four strikeouts.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauer (oblique) is "doing a whole lot of exercises," but he has yet to resume baseball activities, according to GM Terry Ryan, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Ryan wouldn't offer up a target return date for Mauer, who remains limited to pool work and other non-baseball-related activities. At this point, it's looking like Mauer could be out through the end of the month at least with the strained oblique, so the Twins will have to continue to make do with Chris Colabello and Chris Parmelee at first base.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nolasco (elbow) played catch Friday for the first time since landing on the DL, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "It looks like he's OK, or near it," GM Terry Ryan said. "But we've got to stretch him out a little bit, too."
Impact: Nolasco was placed on the 15-day DL on July 8 with an elbow strain. Ryan's comments make it sound like Nolasco could return from the DL in a few weeks, but it's early in his comeback.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson mostly struggled through 6.1 innings Friday night, allowing six earned runs, nine hits and a walk while striking out just one in a 6-2 loss to the Rays.
Impact: The roller coaster ride continues for Gibson here in 2014, as the Twins' right-hander has been close to completely unpredictable from start-to-start this season. Though inconsistent results can often be the case for a pitcher that relies so heavily on forcing weak contact, Gibson has taken things to the extreme. Over his 19 starts, six have been scoreless efforts of six or more innings while seven other outings have seen him surrender at least five earned runs. All in all, Gibson is little more than a middling, back-of-the-rotation starter at this point and difficult to recommend outside of AL-only formats.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Herrmann was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
Impact: The bench bat will be sent back down now that Danny Santana has been reinstated from the 15-day DL. Look for Herrmann to continue to provide organizational outfield depth.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hicks is batting .291/.404/.419 with a 17:17 K:BB in 86 at-bats during his confidence-boost stint at Double-A New Britain.
Impact: Hicks should be a man among boys at such a low level for him, and he's batting .371 in his last 10 games, so perhaps this trip to the minors is just what the doctor ordered after his anemic .198/.338/.262 performance in the majors so far this year.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Fuld filled the stat sheet in Sunday's 13-5 win at Colorado.
Impact: Fuld went 2 for 2 with two walks, two RBIs and a run scored. The speedy outfielder is batting .563 during a six-game hitting streak.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Escobar had a big game in Sunday's 13-5 win at Colorado.
Impact: Escobar went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. He's 7 for 13 over the last three games.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Dozier went 3 for 6 with two homers and four RBIs in Sunday's 13-5 win at Colorado.
Impact: With 18 homers, Dozier has already matched his total from all of last year. He'll try to stay hot in Monday's Home Run Derby.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Correia pitched six innings of one-run ball, and the Minnesota Twins pulled away late to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Saturday.
Impact: Correia (5-11, 4.61 ERA) scattered seven hits and cooled off the power-hitting Rockies, who stranded 10 baserunners and were kept in the yard after slugging eight home runs in their previous two games. He walked one and struck out one in snapping a hard-luck three-game losing streak during which he had received no run support. Correia has a 2.30 ERA in his last seven starts.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Pino earned his first major league victory in a 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
Impact: Pino (1-2, 4.39 ERA) worked five innings to earn the victory in his fifth big league appearance. Throwing 100 pitches, he allowed one run and seven hits, walked two and struck out four.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Gibson was impressive in Wednesday's 8-1 win at Seattle, allowing seven hits over six shutout innings.
Impact: Gibson is 4-2 with a 3.23 ERA over his last seven starts.
Wed. July 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Seattle recalled Pryor on Wednesday from Triple-A Tacoma.
Impact: Pryor has not pitched in the majors since early in the 2013 season.
Wed. July 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Fueld was 3 for 3 with a home run in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Seattle.
Impact: Though Fuld is batting .353 over his last 16 games with five stolen bases, he's likely not much of a fantasy asset unless you're particularly desperate for outfield help.
Wed. July 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Hughes got himself back on track in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Seattle, throwing 7 1-3 shutout innings with eight strikeouts.
Impact: Hughes had given up seven runs over 19 innings in his previous three starts.