Player Notes - Texas and Minnesota
Texas
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Shin-Soo ChooLFRangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo is not in Sunday's lineup.Choo has had a disappointing season, hitting .244 with nine homers, 33 RBI, 47 runs and three steals after signing a big deal with the Rangers.7/13/2014 12:56:00 PM
Elvis AndrusSSRangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left Thursday's game with a bruised left ankle.Andrus is producing about as expected, batting .268 with 49 runs, 19 steals and a .659 OPS. He's a low-end fantasy shortstop who will help in runs and stolen bases. 7/11/2014 12:44:00 AM
HotJake SmolinskiLFTexas outfielder Jake Smolinski doubled home two runs in the first inning Thursday night giving him six hits in his last seven at-bats.The 25-year-old is finding early susccess at the major league level. He hasn't been a .300 hitter since 2008 at Single-A so we can't expect his production at this level to be a long-term.7/10/2014 8:40:00 PM
Yu DarvishSPRangers starter Yu Darvish was hit in the head by a line drive while throwing in the outfield during batting practice Tuesday, but Darvish is expected to start Wednesday, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.Darvish was examined by a team doctor Tuesday night and he'll be checked again Wednesday, but he should be good to go against the Astros, a team he's nearly no-hit three times since the start of 2013.7/8/2014 8:33:00 PM
Elvis AndrusSSRangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is a career .100 hitter with five strikeout in 10 at-bats versus Houston starter Brad Peacock.Andrus is hitting well this week (.346), but doesn't appear to see the ball well against Peacock and shouldn't be in fantasy lineups Tuesday.7/8/2014 10:30:00 AM
Yu DarvishSPThe Rangers have pushed Yu Darvish back from Thursday to Friday due to the uncertainty of the weather, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.The Rangers don't want Darvish to start Thursday and then have to come out due to a lengthy rain delay. Darvish will start Friday against the Mets instead and Scott Baker will take the ball Thursday against the Orioles.7/3/2014 7:46:00 PM
ColdCarlos Pena1BRangers 1B Carlos Pena has done little since returning the the majors batting just .136 with one home run and one RBI in six games.He'll be facing Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday and he's 0-for-11 in his career against the right-hander.6/30/2014 9:41:00 AM
HotAdrian Beltre3BRangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is 8-for-20 (.400) with four extra-base hits including a pair of home runs against Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.Beltre is up to .332 on the year after batting .600 over the past six games and .407 the past four weeks. He's a must start while in this hot streak.6/30/2014 9:39:00 AM
HotAdrian Beltre3BRangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has gone 36-for-90 (.400) with eight doubles, four homers, 21 RBI and 13 runs in June.Beltre is up to .333 on the year after going 3-for-3 Saturday against the Twins.6/28/2014 8:20:00 PM
Yu DarvishSPRangers ace Yu Darvish ended a personal two-game losing streak Saturday against the Twins.Darvish (8-4, 2.42 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) struck out 10 and walked over over eight shutout innings. He's allowed zero runs in six of his 15 starts this season. After giving up 1.12 HR/9 last season, he's allowed just 0.60 this year.6/28/2014 8:13:00 PM


Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Kurt SuzukiCTwins catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus Tyler Matzek and the Colorado Rockies.Suzuki is a .300 hitting catcher that almost no one is talking about. He's batting .306 with 18 doubles, two homers, 35 RBI, 25 runs and a .756 OPS.7/12/2014 3:38:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) will not play again prior to the All-Star break, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.Santana will need a rehab assignment before returning. He's batted .328 with 10 doubles, two homers and six steals in 134 at-bats this season.7/9/2014 8:25:00 PM
Miguel Sano3BTwins third base prospect Miguel Sano (elbow) will not play in the Arizona Fall League but could get some action in winter ball, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.Sano underwent Tommy John surgery in March. The 21-year-old third baseman already has 90 home runs in 1,375 minor league at-bats. Baseball America ranked Sano as the No. 6 prospect in baseball prior to this season.7/8/2014 8:42:00 PM
ColdRicky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco's MRI ruled out UCL damage and revealed flexor pronator stiffness on the opposite side of his elbow, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Pres.He's out indefinitely but this is good news for him because he won't need Tommy John surgery. Nolasco has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. He has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters.7/8/2014 7:22:00 PM
ColdRicky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco has been placed on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain.Nolasco has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. He has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters.7/8/2014 6:24:00 PM
ColdRicky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco is dealing with soreness in his right elbow and will undergo an MRI, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Nolasco has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. He has the worst ERA in baseball among qualified starters.7/7/2014 9:31:00 PM
ColdJosh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham is struggling to find his swing, batting just .147 over the past four weeks and faces a pitcher in Hisashi Iwakuma that has had his number.Willingham is 0-for-8 against Iwakuma and has collected just one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Avoid, avoid, avoid.7/7/2014 11:40:00 AM
HotChris Colabello1BTwins 1B Chris Colabello is 4-for-8 with a double and home run since returning to the big leagues three games ago.Colabello started out 27-for-78 (.346) with three homers and 26 RBI in April , but went so cold that he was sent back down to Triple-A. We will see how long this streak lasts.7/6/2014 5:40:00 PM
Josh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham has been dreadful against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda in 12 career at-bats (.083 average, one hit, five strikeouts)Willingham's average has dropped 82 points since June 11 (.311 to .229) and he's not a good bet to turn things around this afternoon against Kuroda as his lifetime numbers against him are poor and he's hitting righties worse than lefties this year, too.7/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
ColdBrian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Friday against the Yankees.Dozier hadn't hit one out since June 14. He's gone just 4-for-37 (.108) over his last nine games.7/4/2014 8:59:00 PM