Minnesota Twins Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Phil Hughes, SPCold7/27/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes (shin) will not miss a start, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Hughes was hit in the shin by a comebacker in his last start. After posting a 6.31 ERA in his last seven starts, Hughes has the second largest disparity in baseball between his FIP (2.71) and his ERA (4.10).
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/26/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out 11 times in 22 plate appearances against Saturday's starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Willingham hasn't been a good fantasy option since hitting 35 homers in 2012 and its probably best to avoid him.
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/25/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has gone deep twice in his last four games, but he hasn't had a good month otherwise.
Insight: He's 9-for-60 (.150) in July and 15-for-104 (.144) in his last 32 games. Despite a .213 average, Willingham's OPS is still .776 because he's continued to walk and hit for some power.
Phil Hughes, SPCold7/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes left Thursday night's game after being hit with a ball off the bat of Adam Dunn.
Insight: Hughes will get an X-ray and then we will know the extent of the injury. The right-hander had given up five earned runs in each of his last two outings heading into tonight and five or more earned runs in five of his last six so likely wasn't in any lineups.
Danny Santana, OF/SS 7/23/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana went 3-for-3 with a triple Wednesday against the Indians.
Insight: The Twins dropped Santana to ninth in the order Wednesday, but he should be back up to leadoff soon. He's hitting .325 with two homers, 16 RBI, 22 runs and six steals in 154 at-bats.
Danny Santana, OF/SSCold7/19/2014 11:30:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana just off the DL suffered through a horrible night going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Insight: Santana had been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He's 1-for-9 in the two games since he's returned. Bench him until he starts to get back into the swing of things.
Danny Santana, OF/SS7/18/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Santana has been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He'll return to a .328 average, two homers, 16 RBI, six steals and an .814 OPS, though his production has been assisted by a .400 BABIP.
Brian Dozier, 2B 7/13/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with a double, two homers and four RBI Sunday at Colorado.
Insight: Dozier didn't make the All-Star team because the American League second-base field is so deep, but he has a strong case. He's hit just .242 but has 18 homers, 45 RBI, 69 runs and 16 steals. AL captain Jose Bautista picked Dozier to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday.
Kurt Suzuki, C7/12/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus Tyler Matzek and the Colorado Rockies.
Insight: 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.
Danny Santana, OF/SS7/9/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) will not play again prior to the All-Star break, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: 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.
Miguel Sano, 3B7/8/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Twins 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.
Insight: 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.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold7/8/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Twins 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.
Insight: 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.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold7/8/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco has been placed on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain.
Insight: 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.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold7/7/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Twins 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.
Insight: 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.
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/7/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Twins 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.
Insight: Willingham is 0-for-8 against Iwakuma and has collected just one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Chris Colabello, 1BHot7/6/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Twins 1B Chris Colabello is 4-for-8 with a double and home run since returning to the big leagues three games ago.
Insight: 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.
Josh Willingham, LF7/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has been dreadful against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda in 12 career at-bats (.083 average, one hit, five strikeouts)
Insight: 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.
Brian Dozier, 2BCold7/4/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Dozier hadn't hit one out since June 14. He's gone just 4-for-37 (.108) over his last nine games.
Phil Hughes, SPCold7/3/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes has allowed 17 earned runs on 27 hits in his last 19 innings.
Insight: Hughes gave up two home runs and seven earned runs in 6 1/3 innings Thursday against the Yankees and is now 8-4 with a 3.95 ERA. He has a 1.18 WHIP and a 2.78 FIP this season, but it could be problematic if his home run issue from his years with New York resurface. He'll take on the Mariners in Seattle on Tuesday.
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/2/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham usually hits lefties well, but he's batted .105 with seven strikeouts in 19 at-bats against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Willingham has a career .856 OPS against left-handers, but he's never been able to solve Vargas. The outfielder also has hit .136 with 17 Ks in his last 44 at-bats, so he's someone to avoid Wednesday.
Joe Mauer, 1B7/2/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Mauer suffered a right oblique strain Tuesday night. He was just starting to hit, putting up a 12-game hitting streak, but he'll be out until after the All-Star break.
Joe Mauer, 1B 7/1/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer left Tuesday's game with a strained right oblique, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Mauer (.271, 2 HR, 28 RBI) is just starting to hit, but this could land him on the disabled list. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games before leaving.
Josh Willingham, LFCold7/1/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said he wanted to get as many lefties in the lineup as possible against James Shields, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com, so Willingham will take a seat. The outfielder has hit .136 with 17 Ks in his last 44 at-bats.
Brian Dozier, 2BCold7/1/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals. He's getting his first rest day of the season.
Insight: Dozier has started all but two games for the Twins this season and he missed both of those due to a back injury. He went 10-for-54 (.185) with zero homers in his last 15 games of June so manager Ron Gardenhire will get him some rest.
Kendrys Morales, DHCold7/1/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales is 1-for-12 (.083) against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Morales didn't play the first two months of the season and entered the Twins lineup immediately after signing, so some rust was to be expected and that's what we've seen so far (.215, 1 HR, 9 RBI in 20 games). This unfavorable matchup isn't likely to turn it around.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/30/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is expected to be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: Plouffe has hit .241 with 22 doubles, five homers, 38 RBI and a .720 OPS this season so he's not in great demand by fantasy owners.
Kyle Gibson, SP 6/29/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson allowed two runs on eight hits over eight innings in a win over Texas on Sunday.
Insight: Gibson gave up seven runs over two innings in his last start, but he'll finish with a 3.16 ERA in June. With a 3.77 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 50 Ks in 93 innings, Gibson is an AL-only starter at best.
Kendrys Morales, DHCold6/28/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales is 3-for-22 (.136) with nine strikeouts against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Morales didn't play the first two months of the season and entered the Twins lineup immediately after signing, so some rust was to be expected and that's what we've seen so far (.239, 1 HR, 8 RBI in 17 games). This unfavorable matchup isn't likely to turn it around.
Danny Santana, OF/SS6/27/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Minnesota CF/SS Danny Santana has been put on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's been diagnosed with a bruised knee. Santana has played well in his first big league season, contributing a .328 average in 137 at bats.
Kevin Correia, SPHot6/27/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Don't let Twins starter Kevin Correia's bad record get in the way of noticing how well he's been pitching in June.
Insight: Hes, he already has an AL leading eight losses this season (4-8, 5.02 ERA, 1.458 WHIP), but over his last three starts he's 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 1.111 WHIP.
Joe Mauer, 1BHot6/26/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer extended his hitting streak to seven games Thursday in a loss to Los Angeles.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single and three RBI. Mauer has hit .414 with nine RBI over his last seven games.
Chris Parmelee, OF/1BHot6/26/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Chris Parmelee slashed three hits in Thursday's loss to Los Angeles.
Insight: Parmelee has gone ten for his last 19 to raise his average from .174 to .250. He's still not seeing regular at bats so fantasy owners should hold off for the time being.
Danny Santana, SS6/26/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Twins shortstop-turned-outfielder Danny Santana is is doubtful for Thursday's game against the LA Dodgers due to a sore knee/hamstring.
Insight: Santana has been a pleasant surprise batting .326 with two homers, 16 RBI, 19 runs and six steals in just 36 games.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/26/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is just a career .250 hitter versus Jered Weaver with a .644 OPS.
Insight: For many hitters that wouldn't be so bad, but Mauer is a lifetime .319 hitter. His current .680 OPS is the worst of his career.
Aaron Hicks, CF6/25/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Minnesota activated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the disabled list but immediately optioned him down to Double-A New Britain.
Insight: Hicks (.198, 1 HR, 9 RBI) strained his shoulder earlier this month. Even if he does get another chance with the Twins this year, Hicks won't be a fantasy option.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/25/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales hit his first homer of the season Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Morales has hit .222 in 54 at-bats since he signed with the Twins. He didn't play the first two months of the season and entered the Twins lineup immediately after signing, so some rust was to be expected.
Josh Willingham, LFCold6/24/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has gone 8-for-24 (.333) with three doubles and two home runs against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Willingham has struggled lately, going 3-for-29 (.103) in his last nine games, but this matchup could wake up his bat.
Joe Mauer, 1BCold6/24/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has batted .234 with a .543 OPS against lefties this season and he's been even worse against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: In 22 at-bats against Wilson, Mauer has two hits and seven Ks. The three-time batting champion has hit just .261 this season.
Kurt Suzuki, CHot6/22/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a double Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Suzuki continues to be an undervalued fantasy asset. He's batting .321 with 15 doubles, two homers, 32 RBI, 20 runs and a .798 OPS.
Kurt Suzuki, C6/22/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki could be in for a tough day Sunday against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Suzuki (.313, 2 HR, 32 RBI) has only managed one hit against him in 15 career at bats. The veteran's eight-game hitting streak could be in jeopardy.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/21/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales will try his hand at fielding for the first time this season.
Insight: Morales is batting just .209 since signing with the Twins 11 games ago. He hit .277 with 23 homers, 80 RBI and a .785 OPS in 2013 and the Twins (and fantasy owners) hope he'll provide them with similar power.
Josh Willingham, LF6/21/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Willingham is just getting a day off after putting together a mediocre week of work (.136, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .527 OPS)
Glen Perkins, SP6/19/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins should be available for Thursday's game after missing Wednesday due to a sore back.
Insight: Perkins is pitching well, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.76 ERA, 0.989 WHIP and 17 saves. He's blown just two saves all season.
Josh Willingham, LF6/19/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is a career .533 lifetime (8-for-15) against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Willingham has forgotten how to swing the bat this week, going 1-for-19 over the past six games, so he might not be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Kyle Gibson, SPHot6/18/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson allowed just one hit and no walks in seven scoreless innings Wednesday at Boston.
Insight: Gibson is unscored upon in his last 21 innings (9 H, 5 BB, 16 Ks) and now has a 3.25 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP on the year. The right-hander's value is limited because his K/9 is just 4.99, but he has a 55.8 percent ground-ball rate, a 0.43 HR/9 and a 3.51 FIP.
Chris Parmelee, OF/1B6/18/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Three of the Twins' four hits on Wednesday came off the bat of Chris Parmelee.
Insight: Parmelee gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with his solo shot in the tenth but Casey Fien quickly coughed up the lead by allowing David Ortiz and Mike Napoli to hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the inning. Even after going 3-for-4, Parmelee's season average is still barely over .200. He's not a fantasy option.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/15/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe has been placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.
Insight: Plouffe suffered the injury in the bottom of the third inning Saturday when he attempted to make a diving stop on an Ian Kinsler ground ball. He has hit .241 with 22 doubles, five homers, 38 RBI and a .720 OPS this season so he's replaceable in fantasy leagues.
Josh Willingham, LFHot6/15/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham owns a .389 lifetime average against Detroit starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: He's gone 7-for-18 with two doubles, two homers and five walks against Porcello. Willingham is also 18-for-54 (.333) with five homers, 17 RBI, 16 walks and 11 runs since May 28.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/14/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (back) had a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: Dozier left Wednesday's game with lower-back tightness and didn't start the past two games, but the Twins put him up to bat while trailing 12-7 in the ninth inning Saturday. He must be feeling better.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6/14/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe left Saturday's game with a left oblique strain, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Plouffe suffered the injury in the bottom of the third inning when he attempted to make a diving stop on an Ian Kinsler ground ball. He has hit .241 with 22 doubles, five homers, 38 RBI and a .720 OPS this season so he's replaceable in fantasy leagues.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/14/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who left Wednesday's game and did not play Friday due to a tight lower back, will sit out Saturday as well.
Insight: Dozier is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez. Hopefully his sore back won't linger too much longer, but it won't be the end of the world if he takes another day to rest the injury in an unfavorable matchup. He has been one of the biggest surprises this season filling up box scores with 14 HR, 33 RBI, 54 runs, 14 SB and an .808 OPS.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/14/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who left Wednesday's game did not play Friday due to a tight lower back and ought to consider sitting Saturday as well in an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Dozier is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez. He has been one of the biggest surprises this season filling up box scores with 14 HR, 33 RBI, 54 runs, 14 SB and an .808 OPS. Hopefully his sore back won't linger too long, but it won't be the end of the world if he takes another day to rest the injury.
Kyle Gibson, SPHot6/13/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson ran his scoreless streak to 15 innings Friday in a win against Detroit.
Insight: He's only allowed nine hits over that span. As good as he's been, it's tough to endorse Gibson (6-5, 3.55 ERA) as a fantasy option when he's only striking out 4.5 hitters per nine innings.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/13/2014 2:44:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays with lower-back tightness and is not in Friday's starting lineup, according to Twins pr Dustin Morse.
Insight: Dozier has been one of the biggest surprises this season filling up box scores with 14 HR, 33 RBI, 54 runs, 14 SB and an .808 OPS. Hopefully his sore back won't linger too long.
Joe Mauer, 1BCold6/12/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is 1-for-10 against Detroit left-hander Drew Smyly.
Insight: The career .320 hitter is batting just .263 this season. It's probably best to stay away from this matchup.
Josh Willingham, LFHot6/11/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has batted .360 with five homers, 17 RBI and 15 walks in his last 15 games.
Insight: After hitting .208 with 14 homers in 389 at-bats last year and missing six weeks due to a fractured hand this year, Willingham is back to producing fantasy-worthy numbers.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/11/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a double Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Mauer's 19 percent K rate, .263 average and .678 OPS are all career worsts. This may be the last year he's even worth owning in fantasy, as he will lose catcher eligibility next year and is a below-average fantasy first baseman.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/11/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales has gone 6-for-13 (.462) with three doubles and three RBI in three games with the team.
Insight: Morales signed with the Twins on June 7 after failing to draw interest on the free-agent market due to the draft-pick compensation he was tied to prior to the 2014 MLB Draft. He hit .277 with 23 homers, 80 RBI and a .785 OPS in 2013.
Phil Hughes, SPHot6/11/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes threw 80 of his 101 pitches for strikes over seven scoreless innings Wednesday afternoon at Toronto.
Insight: Hughes struck out nine and didn't walk anyone. He has just eight walks all season and is 7-2 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. The right-hander has the highest zone percentage in baseball and the fourth-highest chase rate.
Josmil Pinto, C6/11/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: The Twins have demoted catcher Josmil Pinto to the minors.
Insight: The 25-year-old backstop had five homers, 17 walks and a .902 OPS in April, but he went 14-for-70 (.200) with two homers, three walks and a .555 OPS in his last 23 games and has been sitting often.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot6/11/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays with lower-back tightness, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Dozier had a collision with shortstop Eduardo Nunez as both were chasing a pop up to shallow center field. He went down and Nunez tripped over him and made contact with his back.
Danny Santana, SSHot6/11/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Twins shortstop-turned-outfielder Danny Santana is leading off against Toronto on Wednesday and playing center.
Insight: Santana enters the matchup against Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman on a six-game hitting streak during which he's collected seven singles, one double, two homers and nine RBI. Since being called up in May, Santana's done nothing but hit as he boasts a .370/.407/.506 slash line and .913 OPS in 81 at-bats.
Kevin Correia, SP6/10/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kevin Correia was dealing in Tuesday's win over Toronto.
Insight: He held a stacked Blue Jays lineup to just six hits over six scoreless innings. Even after throwing all zeros Tuesday, Correia still has an ERA well over five. Don't expect him to be a fantasy factor any time soon.
Mike Pelfrey, SP6/10/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey (right elbow) had surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Pelfrey will miss the next two-to-four months. He has a 4.56 ERA and a 5.2 K/9 in his career and a 7.99 ERA this season, so he's not a fantasy option anyway.
Danny Santana, SSHot6/9/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Twins utilityman Danny Santana continued his hot hitting Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Santana went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and is batting .364 with five doubles, two homers, 11 RBI, nine runs and four steals in 77 at-bats this season. He has eligibility at both second base and shortstop as well as in the outfield.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot6/9/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Dozier wrapped up May in a 4-for-40 (.100) slump, but he's gone 11-for-33 (.333) with four doubles, two homers, five RBI and nine runs in the first nine games of June.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/9/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Twins DH/1B Kendrys Morales is already in the starting lineup, two days after agreeing to a deal with Minnesota.
Insight: Morales figures to be very rusty considering the complete lack of work. We are talking zero minor league at-bats. He may add value down the road, but a wait-and-see attitude is recommended.
Jason Kubel, DHCold6/8/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Minnesota DH/OF Jason Kubel has been designated for assignment.
Insight: The Twins needed to clear a roster spot to make room for Kendrys Morales. Kubel (.224, 1 HR, 13 RBI) hasn't done much this year so it's no surprise that he's the odd man out.
Eduardo Nunez, SS6/8/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Twins shortstop Eduardo Nunez clubbed his second home run of the season Sunday against Houston.
Insight: It was part of a three-hit game for Nunez, who finished with two RBI in his five trips to the plate. Nunez has only seen 55 at bats this year but he's made the most of them, hitting .291 with a .436 slugging percentage.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/8/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is back in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Arcia (.281, 4 HR, 13 RBI) sprained his ankle Thursday night on a pickoff play at second base. He'll serve as the designated hitter Sunday against Houston.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/8/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Mauer's .264 average, .677 OPS and 19.3 percent K rate are all career worsts, and he has hit just two homers with 15 RBI in 55 games. He's getting a day off to rest Sunday.
Kyle Gibson, SP6/7/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: Gibson has a 3.91 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, but he's struck out just 35 batters in 69 innings.
Danny Santana, SS6/7/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Twins utilityman Danny Santana drove in five runs and had four hits Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: Santana is up to .373 in 67 at-bats this season. He's hitting .500 on balls in play, so this won't last.
Kendrys Morales, DH6/7/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Free agent DH/1B Kendrys Morales has agreed to a one-year, prorated $12 million deal with Minnesota.
Insight: That computes to around $7.6 million. In retrospect, Morales (.277, 23 HR, 80 RBI in 2013) probably would have been better off accepting Seattle's one-year qualifying offer last winter. That would have paid him $14 million. Regardless, Morales should provide an offensive boost for a team that has struggled to score runs this season.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/7/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not in the lineup again as Minnesota faces off against Houston on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Arcia (.281, 4 HR, 13 RBI) sprained his ankle Thursday night on a pickoff play at second base. He was confident he would return on Saturday, but that apparently isn't happening.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/7/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: The wind will be blowing out to right field on Saturday and Minnesota's left-hand hitter, Joe Mauer, already has a favorable matchup against Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Mauer is a career .333 hitter with a home run versus Feldman. Mauer has played 54 of 59 games this season, but the move to be an exclusive 1B hasn't helped his batting stroke. He's hitting just .269 with 15 RBI and a .690 OPS. That's well below expectations for this career .320 hitter.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/6/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia won't suit up Friday against Houston. SOURCE: Fox Sports North
Insight: Arcia (.286, 4 HR, 13 RBI) sprained his ankle last night on a pickoff play at second base. He's confident he'll return on Saturday. Jason Kubel (.230, 1 HR, 13 RBI) is filling in at right field tonight.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6/6/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia sprained his right ankle and left the game in the sixth inning Thursday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Arcia, who hit a grand slam in the third inning, rolled his ankle when he was picked off second base. It's a bad break for the 23-year-old, who's batting .366 over his last 10 games and .286 overall (4 HR, 13 RBI). Consider Arcia, who was replaced by Chris Parmelee, day-to-day.
Mike Pelfrey, SP6/6/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey (right elbow) is scheduled to have his elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Florida. Source: Brian Murphy, Pioneer Press.
Insight: Uh oh. A visit to MLB's equivalent of "He Who Shall Not Be Named" is never a good thing for pitchers. After initally landing on the DL with a groin strain, Pelfrey then reported having elbow issues. Regardless of how the visit goes, Big Pelf was never much of a fantasy option anyway, posting a 7.99 ERA in five starts.
Aaron Hicks, CFCold6/4/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Minnesota could be close to demoting outfielder Aaron Hicks. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: We imagine Hicks, who is hitting just .190 this season, will be sent down as soon as Sam Fuld returns from his concussion. Hicks still has a long career ahead of him but the Twins can't afford to keep trotting him out there when he's not hitting.
Brian Dozier, 2B6/4/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier scorched three hits in Tuesday's win against Milwaukee.
Insight: Dozier, who hit just .246 in May, has gone 6-for-13 over his last three games. He leads all second basemen with 12 home runs this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B6/2/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer mashed three hits Monday in a loss to Milwaukee.
Insight: 2014 has not been one of Mauer's better seasons (.275, 2 HR, 15 RBI in 50 games) but his catcher eligibility remains an asset in fantasy leagues. Of course, he won't have that next season so enjoy using him at catcher while you still can.
Phil Hughes, SPHot6/1/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes pitched well against his former team on Sunday.
Insight: Hughes held the Yankees to three hits and two runs in eight innings. That lowers his ERA to 3.12, which leads all Minnesota starting pitchers. He'll face the Astros in his next start Friday at Target Field.
Danny Santana, SS5/31/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Twins utilityman Danny Santana left Friday's game with a lacerated eyelid and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: His helmet caused the injury when he stole third base in the second inning. Santana will need stitches. The 23-year-old has hit .375 with four doubles and two steals in 40 at-bats this season. Eduardo Escobar (.322, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 11 runs) will get the start and bat second.
Brian Dozier, 2BCold5/30/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier fell deeper into a slump Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Dozier went 0-for-5 and is two for his last 27 (.074). He has 11 homers, 12 steals, 43 runs and 32 walks, so he's worth holding.
Danny Santana, SS5/30/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Twins utilityman Danny Santana left Friday's game with a lacerated eyelid, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
Insight: His helmet caused the injury when he stole third base in the second inning. Santana will need stitches. The 23-year-old has hit .375 with four doubles and two steals in 40 at-bats this season.
Oswaldo Arcia, RFHot5/29/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia went 3-for-5 in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.
Insight: By doing so, he extended his hitting streak to six games. Now that Chris Colabello (.232, 4 HR, 30 RBI) is back in the minors, Arcia (.257, 1 HR, 2 RBI) should see regular at bats in right field.
Danny Santana, SS5/29/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Twins utility man Danny Santana racked up three hits Thursday in a loss to Texas.
Insight: That marks a career-high for the 23-year-old. He's hit .368 with three RBI since making his big league debut earlier this month.
Oswaldo Arcia, RFHot5/29/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Minnesota outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has hit well in the cleanup role over the past three games.
Insight: Although batting .200 for the season, he's hitting at a .333 pace since being installed into the No. 4 hole. We have our doubts as to whether this level of production will continue long-term.
Danny Santana, SS5/29/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: IF/OF Danny Santana will get another start in center field with Aaron Hicks sidelined by injury.
Insight: Santana is batting .324 through his 34 at-bats, but considering he's a career .274 hitter in the minors he likely won't continue at this pace.
Mike Pelfrey, SP5/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey (strained groin) halted his rehab assignment and returned to Minnesota.
Insight: This time its a shoulder issue. No fantasy owners should be considering him for a roster spot of any kind.
Sam Fuld, LF5/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Sam Fuld (concussion) was evaluated on Wednesday in Pittsburgh and it was termed "positive" but there is still no timetable for his return. SOURCE: Twins beat writer Mike Berardino.
Insight: Fuld has never shown any indication of being fantasy worthy. He's batting .232 with a homer and seven RBI this season.
Aaron Hicks, CF5/29/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is questionable for Thursday afternoon's game against Texas due to a stiff lower back.
Insight: Hicks was a late scratch on Wednesday. He's still not producing much offensively, batting .195 with a homer, eight RBI and 13 runs scored, so this shouldn't change fantasy lineups. The Twins used rookie Danny Santana in center on Wednesday, who is off to a nice start to his major league career (.324, .807 OPS in 34 at-bats).
Kurt Suzuki, C5/28/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: If you're selecting a catcher for Wednesday, don't pick Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki.
Insight: Suzuki is 2-for-31 (.065) against Rangers left-hander Joe Saunders. He's had a strong season, hitting .297 with two homers, 27 RBI and just 12 Ks, but he isn't likely to have a good day Wednesday against Saunders.
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/27/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes hasn't walked a batter since April 20.
Insight: He's thrown 40 1/3 innings over his last six starts without issuing a single free pass. He's also allowed just four home runs all season after dealing with homer issues for years with New York, especially in Yankee Stadium. After allowing three runs on eight hits in seven innings Tuesday against the Rangers, Hughes has a 3.23 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP to go with a 50/6 K/BB.
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/27/2014 1:57:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes has won five of him last six starts (the other was a no-decision) yielding two runs or less in his last five outings.
Insight: He dominated the Tigers, Red Sox and Padres giving up just one total run over his last 20 innings as he's become a solid fantasy option. He'll need to be at his very best facing Yu Darvish and the Rangers Tuesday night.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B 5/26/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Plouffe only has four home runs, but he's doubled 18 times and driven in 30 runs. He's shown much better plate discipline this season (20.6 O-swing%, 10.5 BB%) and his .309 BABIP is low for a player with a 28 percent line-drive rate.
Josh Willingham, LF5/26/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is finally back in the starting lineup.
Insight: Willingham will bat fifth in Monday's lineup. He last played on April 6.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold5/25/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed seven runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings Sunday at San Francisco.
Insight: Minnesota's signing of Nolasco hasn't gone as planned. He's 2-5 with a 6.12 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings.
Chris Colabello, 1BCold5/25/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: The Twins have optioned Chris Colabello to Triple-A.
Insight: Colabello didn't start the last six games and has hit .110 with 28 strikeouts in his past 73 at-bats. He started out 27-for-78 (.346) with three homers and 26 RBI.
Josh Willingham, LF5/25/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: The Twins are expected to activate left fielder Josh Willingham from the disabled list on Monday. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: He needed a month and a half to recover from a fractured wrist. Willingham's home run potential is intriguing (78 round-trippers since 2011) but his low batting average (.256 in 3,632 career at bats) makes him a risk in fantasy.
Kurt Suzuki, CHot5/18/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Kurt Suzuki is hitting .322 with 26 RBI this season and has batted .314 against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Suzuki has gone 11-for-35 with four doubles and a homer against Hernandez, Sunday's scheduled starter against the Twins.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/18/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is the rare hitter who has had success against Seattle's Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Mauer has picked up 14 hits (4 2B, 2 HR) in 33 at-bats (.424) against Hernandez. Don't shy away from using him Sunday against the M's.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot5/17/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Saturday against the Mariners.
Insight: Dozier (.258, 11 HR, 12 SB, .862 OPS) is the only player in baseball with at least 10 homers and 10 steals, and he leads baseball with 40 runs.
Glen Perkins, SP5/17/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins has pitched in four of the last five days, including three straight, and recorded a win, two saves and a blown save.
Insight: He saved the last two games after blowing one on May 15 against the Red Sox. He has 12 saves, a 3.54 ERA and an impeccable 29/3 K/BB in 20 1/3 innings this season. Minnesota signed him to a four-year contract extension in March, so he has more job security than most closers.
Samuel Deduno, SP5/17/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno won his first game of the year with six strong innings Saturday against the Mariners.
Insight: Deduno had a 3.83 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 108 innings last season, and he has similar numbers this year -- 3.53 ERA, 1.35 WHIP.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/16/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit his 10th homer of the season Friday against the Mariners.
Insight: Only one player in the majors has 10 homers and 10 steals, and it's Dozier. He also leads baseball with 38 runs.
Kurt Suzuki, CHot5/15/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Kurt Suzuki (3-for-5) scored the game-winning run Thursday in a walkoff win over the Red Sox.
Insight: Suzuki is 10-for-23 with three RBI in his last five outings. His .325 average in 114 at bats this season leads all big league catchers.
Eduardo Escobar, SSHot5/15/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar went 3-for 4 against the Red Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Escobar has been a pleasant surprise for Minnesota this season. In 75 at bats, he's hitting .347 with a .533 slugging percentage. The 25-year-old has been especially effective over his last five outings, collecting a .450 average over that stretch (9-for-20).
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/15/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes pitched well in a no-decision Thursday against Boston.
Insight: He limited the BoSox to five hits and one earned run over six innings. Closer Glen Perkins coughed up the lead in the ninth inning but the Twins got it back on a walkoff single by Aaron Hicks in the tenth. Hughes is undefeated with a 1.95 ERA over his past five starts.
Chris Colabello, 1BCold5/15/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Chris Colabello's hot start is a thing of the past and fantasy owners should be running in the opposite direction.
Insight: Colabello is hitless in his last five games (13 at-bats) and has just four RBI in his last 17 games after posting 26 in his first 20 games this season.
Chris Parmelee, OF/1BHot5/14/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Minnesota 1B/OF Chris Parmelee belted a walkoff home run Tuesday against Boston.
Insight: It was part of a three-hit night for the 26-year-old. Parmelee has hit .438 in 16 at bats since his callup at the end of last week.
Byron Buxton, CF5/13/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Twins prospect Byron Buxton's latest left wrist injury isn't any worse than his initial one, but the team doesn't know how much time he'll miss. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, mlb.com
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, missed the first five weeks of the regular season with a wrist injury and aggravated it on a slide into third base on Saturday. Even if he stays healthy, the 20-year-old is a year away from the majors.
Josh Willingham, LF5/13/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) is likely to start a rehab assignment this weekend, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He took batting practice Tuesday without any issues and will take BP again on Wednesday.
Byron Buxton, CF5/10/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Twins prospect Byron Buxton re-injured his left wrist on a slide into third base Saturday while playing for High-A Fort Myers and will undergo an MRI, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, also hurt his wrist while diving for a ball in mid-March and sat out the first five weeks of the season. Even if he stays healthy, the 20-year-old is a year away from the majors.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/10/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier came in 0-for-10 with six strikeouts against Tigers starter Max Scherzer but he hit a three-run homer off the right-hander in the third inning Saturday.
Insight: Dozier didn't have another hit on the day and is hitting .236, but he has nine home runs, 17 RBI, 33 runs, 11 steals and 28 walks. He has been a top-15 overall fantasy option this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/10/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is in Saturday's lineup, at DH, according to beat writer Mike Berardino.
Insight: He missed his fifth straight game due to back spasms on Friday night, but apparently won't need more time, or a trip to the disabled list. He's batting .296 with two homers and 22 runs scored.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BCold5/10/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe is 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Plouffe has zero hits in his last 16 at-bats. Add an unfavorable matchup and he shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups on Saturday. Update: Plouffe is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday
Danny Santana, SS5/10/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: It will once again be Danny Santana at shortstop on Saturday with Eduardo Escobar at 3B for Trevor Plouffe.
Insight: Santana is batting .385 through his first five games, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect that level of production to continue for very long. He batted .268 at Rochester this spring and is a career .274 in seven minor league seasons.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BCold5/10/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe is 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Plouffe has zero hits in his last 16 at-bats. Add an unfavorable matchup and he shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups on Saturday.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/10/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is an ugly 0-for-8 with six strikeouts versus Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Dozier is hitting .237 this season, but he's been highly productive with 32 runs, eight homers, 14 RBI and 11 steals. Add his 28 walks, which ranks him third in baseball, and gives him a respectable .367 OBP.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BCold5/9/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe has picked up zero hits in his last 16 at-bats.
Insight: He's hitting .119 (5-for-42) with 16 strikeouts in May after batting .307 in April. The third baseman has just one homer all season.
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/9/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Phil Hughes ran his record to 4-1 with seven shutout innings Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Hughes has won four straight starts with a 2.05 ERA in that span after starting out 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in his first three. The right-hander now has a 3.92 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP on the year. The move to Minnesota appears to have solved his home-run issues; he has allowed four in 41 1/3 innings.
Aaron Hicks, CF5/9/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks will return from the 7-day concussion DL Friday night.
Insight: Hicks is hitting eighth Friday against Detroit. The 24-year-old has hit .178 with one homer and a .575 OPS in 25 games this season after batting .192 in 81 games as a rookie.
Josh Willingham, LF5/9/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will take batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time since his injury, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He had to stop a batting practice session on April 29 when he felt continued soreness, but he's had no issues since then.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/9/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in Friday's lineup, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: He'll miss his fifth straight game due to back spasms and may have to go on the disabled list.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BCold5/9/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe is a .167 career hitter against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Plouffe certainly isn't alone in his failure against Verlander. What really concerns us though, is that he's hitting just .132 in May with a whopping 15 strikeouts in 38 at bats. Until Plouffe (.254, 1 HR, 22 RBI) figures it out, we don't recommend playing him in fantasy.
Sam Fuld, LF5/8/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: The Twins have placed outfielder Sam Fuld (concussion) on the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: The Twins have four outfielders on the DL: Josh Willingham, Aaron Hicks, Oswaldo Arcia and Fuld. Infielder Eduardo Escobar started in center field Thursday at Cleveland.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/8/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer may need to go on the disabled list, according to LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune.
Insight: He missed his fourth straight game due to back spasms on Thursday. Chris Colabello has been starting in his place at first base.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/8/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has gone 6-for-12 with two doubles and six walks against Indians starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Dozier is hitting .234 this season, but he's been highly productive with 31 runs, eight homers, 14 RBI and 11 steals. His 25 walks rank fifth in baseball.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/7/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: As expected, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer won't suit up Wednesday against the Indians. SOURCE: Mike Berardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He's still dealing with back spasms. The team is holding out hope Mauer (.296, 2 HR, 11 RBI) won't have to go on the DL. Chris Colabello (.270, 4 HR, 28 RBI) has been filling in at first base.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/7/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer (back) is likely a couple days away from returning, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Mauer exited Sunday's game with back spasms and missed the last two games. Don't expect him to be in there Wednesday either.
Josh Willingham, LF5/6/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) hit off a tee on Tuesday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He had to stop a batting practice session early on April 29 when he felt continued soreness, but he did some light swinging Monday and had no issues Tuesday. He should be able to ramp up his activity again soon.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/6/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Mauer exited Sunday's game with back spasms and still isn't ready to return. Chris Colabello will get another start at first base.
Kyle Gibson, SP5/5/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: After two rough outings in a row, Twins starter Kyle Gibson was excellent Monday against Cleveland.
Insight: The Indians managed just two hits in seven innings against him. Despite an impressive 3.50 ERA over six starts, Gibson has actually walked more batters than he's struck out this season (17 BB, 16 K's).
Joe Mauer, 1B5/5/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer is sitting out Monday against Cleveland. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: Mauer exited Sunday's game with back spasms and still needs time to recover. Tonight it will be Chris Colabello (.274, 3 HR, 27 RBI) at first base with Chris Hermann (.138, 0 HR, 0 RBI) getting the nod in right field.
Phil Hughes, SPHot5/4/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Phil Hughes has gone 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in his last three starts.
Insight: Hughes had a 7.20 ERA in his first three starts. He's actually been pretty good this season despite what his 4.72 ERA suggests. He has a 29/6 K/BB and a 1.05 HR/9 in 34 1/3 innings, but he's had some horrible batted-ball luck with men on base and in scoring position and he's stranded just 66.8 percent of his baserunners.
Kurt Suzuki, C5/4/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Suzuki went 3-for-3 with two doubles and now has a .325 average and 22 RBI. No backstop has more RBI.
Joe Mauer, 1B5/4/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer left Sunday's game with back spasms. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: He lined out to center in his only at bat of the afternoon. Chris Colabello (.270, 3 HR, 27 RBI) has come on to play first base.
Joe Mauer, 1BHot5/4/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer crushed three hits in Saturday's 6-1 win over Baltimore.
Insight: He's gone 6-for-13 over his last three games. Mauer is still well below his career average of .322 but at .298 with 11 RBI, he hasn't given fantasy owners much to complain about.
Brian Dozier, 2B5/3/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit his eighth homer of the season in the Twins 6-1 win over the Orioles.
Insight: Dozier is only hitting .246 on the year, but its productive with 29 runs, 12 RBI and nine steals.
Samuel Deduno, SP5/2/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: The Twins are welcoming right-hander Samuel Deduno back into the starting rotation. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He'll get the nod Tuesday versus Cleveland. A spot opened up for Deduno Friday when the team placed struggling right-hander Mike Pelfrey (0-3, 7.99 ERA) on the DL with a strained groin.
Mike Pelfrey, SPCold5/2/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Minnesota has placed right-hander Mike Pelfrey on the 15-day DL with a strained groin.
Insight: This sounds like a phantom injury the Twins made up just to get him out of the rotation. Who could blame them after Pelfrey's latest outing against the Dodgers (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER)? Obviously, he's no one fantasy owners should be considering right now.
Aaron Hicks, CF5/2/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: The Twins have placed center fielder Aaron Hicks on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.
Insight: Hicks suffered the injury in last night's loss to the Dodgers. Expect Sam Fuld (.259, 1 HR, 7 RBI) to take over in center field while he's out.
Aaron Hicks, CF5/2/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is expected to miss Friday's game against Baltimore due to concussion-like symptoms.
Insight: He was forced to leave Thursday's game with the Dodgers. Batting just .178 with a .575 OPS and two stolen bases, Hicks isn't on any fantasy radar screens.
Samuel Deduno, SP5/1/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: If Twins manager Ron Gardenhire does decide to drop Mike Pelfrey from the starting rotation, Samuel Deduno would be a candidate to take his place. SOURCE: MLBlogs.com
Insight: Deduno pitched well in 18 starts last season (8-8, 3.83 ERA) but he lost his spot when Minnesota revamped its rotation this offseason with the additions of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. Pelfrey (0-3, 7.99 ERA) is a sinking ship right now and we're guessing Deduno will get his chance sooner rather than later.
Mike Pelfrey, SPCold5/1/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Mike Pelfrey's next game for Minnesota may have to come as a relief pitcher. SOURCE: MLBlogs.com
Insight: Pelfrey pitched very poorly Thursday against Los Angeles (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) and is close to losing his spot in the starting rotation. He wasn't on the fantasy radar anyway so most owners won't be affected by this change if and when it takes place.
Josh Willingham, LF4/29/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham had to stop a batting practice session early on Tuesday due to continued soreness in his left wrist, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He said he hopes to test his wrist again in a few days.
Phil Hughes, SP4/26/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Twins right-hander Phil Hughes was firing on all cylinders Saturday against Detroit.
Insight: Hughes (2-1, 5.14 ERA) limited the Tigers to two two runs (one earned) in seven innings of work. He fanned six hitters without walking a batter. His next start will be Friday against Baltimore.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/26/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe left Saturday's game with a bruised triceps. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He's considered day-to-day. Plouffe is batting .306 this season with one homer, 15 RBI and 18 runs scored. Despite the one home run, he's posted an .894 OPS with 12 extra base hits.
Brian Dozier, 2B4/26/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-12 with three strikeouts against Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Dozier is only hitting .222 on the year, but he has seven homers, six steals, a league-leading 23 runs and a .349 OBP. Saturday, however, is not a good matchup.
Jason Kubel, LF4/25/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Twins OF/DH Jason Kubel is a career .433 hitter (13-for-30) versus Detroit starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: Kubel batting .294 with an .803 OPS, though he has just three hits in his last 18 at-bats.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot4/24/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-3 with three walks, two runs and a stolen base Thursday against the Rays.
Insight: Dozier is only hitting .224 on the year, but he has six homers, six steals, 22 runs and a .356 OBP.
Kurt Suzuki, C4/24/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with three RBI Thursday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Suzuki's 17 RBI rank first among backstops this year. The 30-year-old has struck out just six times and is hitting .310.
Ricky Nolasco, SPCold4/24/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: The Rays tagged Ricky Nolasco for 10 hits and six earned runs in six innings Thursday afternoon, but Nolasco still got the win.
Insight: Nolasco (2-2, 6.67 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) has been horrible this season, striking out just 13 batters and allowed 22 earned runs, 43 hits and five home runs in 29 2/3 innings.
Jason Kubel, LFCold4/24/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Twins OF/DH Jason Kubel is a career .100 hitter (1-for-10) versus Rays starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Kubel is also 1-for-10 in the first two games of the series with seven strikeouts. Avoid.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/22/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Twins 1B Joe Mauer has gone 2-for-14 (.143) in his career against Rays left-hander David Price.
Insight: The career .322 hitter doesn't struggle against many pitchers, but this is one of the few. He's batting .257 this season, but has scored 14 runs. This is a matchup to avoid.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/20/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe bashed three hits Sunday in a win over Kansas City.
Insight: All three of his hits went for extra bases. Plouffe is on pace for 117 RBI, which would easily be a career-high. He's owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues.
Sam Fuld, LF4/20/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: The Twins were able to claim outfielder Sam Fuld, who was recently placed on waivers. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Fuld was designated for assignment by Oakland about a week ago. Even if Fuld becomes an everyday player, which is certainly possible in Minnesota's lackluster outfield, he won't be much of a fantasy option (.233 average in 743 career at bats).
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is 8-for-24 (.333) with three homers and a 1.235 OPS versus Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.
Insight: Plouffe is off to a solid start, batting .288 with an .801 OPS, but his long ball stroke is missing. He's hit one home run this season. He hit 24 homers over 119 games in 2012 and just 14 last season.
Kyle Gibson, SPHot4/17/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson threw all zeros Thursday in a win against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Gibson might be one of the biggest fantasy surprises of the season so far with three victories and a 0.93 ERA in 19 1/3 innings. He's still available in 96 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, though it won't be that way for long.
Josh Willingham, LF4/13/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) has a hairline fracture in his left wrist, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He won't undergo surgery.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch last Sunday and was placed on the DL Saturday. The Twins hope he can return in two weeks.
Ricky Nolasco, SP4/12/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Ricky Nolasco had his best start as a Twin Saturday against Kansas City.
Insight: Nolasco (1-1) limited the Royals to just one run in eight innings of work. Even with Saturday's outing, Nolasco's ERA still sits at a disappointing 5.50. He'll have a chance to lower that Friday against these same Royals.
Jason Kubel, LFHot4/12/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Twins OF/DH Jason Kubel is a career .391 hitter (9-for-23) versus Royals ace James Shields.
Insight: Kubel is off to a hot start, batting .412 through the first nine games and has a six-game hitting streak. Add in a favorable matchup and he's a solid start on Saturday.
Josh Willingham, LF4/11/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, according to Tyler Mason of foxsportsnorth.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The Twins must have felt he wasn't making enough progress to remain on the active roster.
Josh Willingham, LF4/11/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will miss Friday's game, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The team will place him on the DL if his wrist issue drags through the weekend.
Brian Dozier, 2BHot4/11/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier is a .556 hitter against Royals starter Bruce Chen (5-for-9) with three extra base hits and a 1.822 OPS.
Insight: After starting 0-for-13 to start the year, Dozier is starting to hit the ball with authority. He's homered in his last two games and leads the league in runs scored (9). Add in the favorable matchup and he's a solid play on Friday.
Jason Kubel, LF4/9/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Twins DH Jason Kubel went 4-for-5 with a solo homer Wednesday against Oakland.
Insight: Prior to Wednesday's game, Kubel had hit just 12 homers in 112 games at Target Field. He's hitting .462 with five runs, four doubles, one homer, six RBI and a 1.212 OPS this season after batting .216 with five homers in 97 games a year ago.
Phil Hughes, SPCold4/9/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Minnesota starter Phil Hughes has allowed 12 hits and eight earned runs over 10 innings in his first two starts this season.
Insight: Hughes is trying to prove that his struggles the past three seasons were mainly caused by Yankee Stadium, but he's been knocked around at U.S. Cellular Field and Target Field in his first two starts.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4/9/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: According to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com, the Twins are expected to place outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) on the disabled list.
Insight: Arcia hit .251 with 14 HR and 43 RBI last season while striking out 117 times in 351 at-bats. He hit .111 in his first four games and is dealing with right wrist issues for the second straight season.
Josh Willingham, LF4/9/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham won't be available Wednesday versus Oakland. He's missed the last two games with a wrist injury. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: He hasn't even swung a bat yet. If Willingham's wrist doesn't heal quickly, he could be headed to the disabled list. Jason Kubel (.381, 0 HR, 5 RBI) has been starting in his place.
Josh Willingham, LF4/7/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham sat out Monday but is hoping to return Wednesday against Oakland. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, Pioneer Press
Insight: Willingham's wrist is still bothering him after getting hit by a pitch on Sunday but he's hoping things will be back to normal by Wednesday. Fantasy owners seem to have soured on Willingham after his lackluster 2013 campaign (owned in only 5.4 percent of ESPN leagues).
Eduardo Nunez, SS4/7/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have traded infielder Eduardo Nunez to Minnesota for left-hander Miguel Sulbaran.
Insight: He'll start out in Triple-A Rochester and work his way up from there. Nunez owns a .267 lifetime average in 270 MLB appearances, all of which have come with the Yankees.
Josh Willingham, LF4/7/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is questionable for Monday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Willingham took a fastball off the left wrist from Justin Masterson on Sunday and exited the game. X-Rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a bruised wrist. The Twins play Monday, but have off Tuesday, so Willingham may sit out until Wednesday to allow his bruise to heal. Plus he's just 3-for-17 with seven strikeouts versus Scott Kazmir.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4/7/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Monday's game against Oakland with a sore left wrist.
Insight: Arcia has done nothing to warrant attention from fantasy owners. He batted .251 with 14 HR and 43 RBI last season, but is hitting just .111 so far this spring.
Chris Colabello, 1B4/7/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Chris Colabello is just 1-for-8 (.125) with four strikeouts versus Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Colabello may be leading the American League with 11 RBI in his first six games, but his experiences against Kazmir have been unfavorable and he should be avoided on Monday.
Chris Colabello, 1BHot4/6/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Chris Colabello continued his torrid opening week with another strong outing Sunday against the Indians.
Insight: Colabello finished the afternoon with two hits and four RBI. He leads all American League hitters with 11 RBI in his first six games.
Josh Willingham, LF4/6/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham's X-rays came back negative and he has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Willingham took a fastball off the left wrist from Justin Masterson on Sunday and exited the game. The Twins play Monday but have off Tuesday, so Willingham may sit out until Wednesday to allow his bruise to heal.
Josh Willingham, LF4/6/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham took a fastball off his left hand from Justin Masterson on Sunday and had to exit the game, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham has hit .294 (5-for-17) with a double and four walks this season.
Jason Kubel, LF4/6/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson has limited Twins DH Jason Kubel to three hits in 17 at-bats (.176).
Insight: Kubel, back with Minnesota after two years in Arizona and eight games with Cleveland, has hit .385 with two doubles and three RBI in four games this season. He usually hits righties well but has never had success against Masterson.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/6/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Twins 1B Joe Mauer has gone 8-for-35 (.229) in his career against Indians starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Mauer is off to a 4-for-21 (.190) start and although he's coming off a two-hit game, facing Masterson Sunday won't help.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/5/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Twins 1B Joe Mauer is a career .625 hitter versus Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco with a 1.417 OPS.
Insight: Mauer was hitless over his first two games, but the career .322 hitter has hit safely in the last two games and has a favorable matchup. There will be a strong wind blowing in at Progressive Field, however, so its a mild recommendation.
Chris Colabello, 1B4/3/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Chris Colabello provided six RBI Thursday in a comeback win over the White Sox.
Insight: Three of the runs came across on a bases loaded double during the third inning. Colabello entered today's game with 17 RBI in 165 career at bats.
Josh Willingham, LF4/3/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is a solid option on Thursday with a .462 career average (6-for-13) against Jose Quintana.
Insight: He's also taken him deep twice. Willingham is just 1-for-7 this season, but this could get him going.
Joe Mauer, 1B4/3/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Twins 1B Joe Mauer is a career .500 hitter versus White Sox hurler Jose Quintana with a pair of homers and a 1.538 OPS.
Insight: Mauer is hitless over his first two games, but the career .322 hitter will eventually get it going ... maybe Thursday.
Kevin Correia, SP4/2/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Minnesota starter Kevin Correia allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Correia gave up five hits, walked one and struck out five in the no decision. The right-hander has a career 3.80 ERA in April but a 4.45 ERA or higher in every month from May-August, so don't get too excited about anything the Correia does this month.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4/2/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-5 with three RBI Wednesday at Chicago.
Insight: Plouffe hit 24 homers over 119 games in 2012 but fell off to 14 in 129 games last season. He's an AL-only fantasy option at best.
Josh Willingham, LF3/31/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is a safe bet to do nothing Monday against Chris Sale.
Insight: He's struck out ten times in 17 career at bats against the All-Star left-hander. Willingham (.208, 14 HR, 48 RBI in 2013) was brutal last season and probably shouldn't be owned in fantasy.
Brian Dozier, 2B3/31/2014 1:34:00 PM
Description: Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier is a .400 lifetime hitter against Chris Sale.
Insight: That works out nicely because Sale is who Dozier will face in Monday's season opener. After slamming 18 HR in 558 at bats last season, Dozier could be headed for a breakout year in 2014.
Byron Buxton, CF3/26/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Twins prospect Byron Buxton could begin the season on the disabled list due to a sprained left wrist, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, hurt his wrist while diving for a ball 10 days ago. He is expected to begin the season as Double-A New Britain once he is healthy. Buxton, an outfielder, hit .334 with 12 homers and 55 steals in Single-A last year.
Jason Kubel, LF3/25/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Jason Kubel was informed Tuesday that he has made the Twins 25-man roster. The 31-year-old is expected to see time as a designated hitter and backup outfielder this season. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Kubel had just five homers, a .216 average and a .610 OPS in 97 games with Arizona and Cleveland last season after hitting 30 homers with 90 RBI and an .833 OPS for the D'Backs in 2012. Kubel hit .273 and 94 home runs with the Twins from 2007-11, though he owns a .254 average and .724 OPS in 111 games at Target Field and shouldn't be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Vance Worley, SPCold3/21/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Vance Worley was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester.
Insight: Worley was once the Twins' Opening Day starter, but was 1-5 last season with a 7.21 ERA and 1.99 WHIP. It wasn't that long ago that he finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting (2011).
Glen Perkins, SP3/15/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Glen Perkins' new extension is worth $21.475 million. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: It's a four-year contract. The Twins closer was named an All-Star for the first time last season. Don't be surprised if he makes it back there in 2014.
Pedro Florimon, SS3/13/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Minnesota shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. (appendectomy in February) is expected to play in a minor league game tomorrow.
Insight: The 27-year-old infielder has yet to prove he's much any fantasy-worthy value. He's never batted more than .221, scored more than 44 runs, hit more than nine homers or stolen more than 15 bases. That's why fantasy owners don't have him on their radar screens.
Miguel Sano, 3B3/4/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Miguel Sano's Tommy John surgery is scheduled for March 12th. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: The Twins prospect strained his elbow in Winter Ball and never fully recovered. Sano probably would have made it to the big leagues at some point this season. Now we'll have to wait until 2015 to see the power-hitting third baseman.
Miguel Sano, 3B3/1/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Minnesota prospect Miguel Sano has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery. Sano hurt his elbow while playing winter ball and was diagnosed with a strained UCL. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Star Tribune
Insight: While the recovery time for Tommy John is much shorter for position players than it is for pitchers, Sano has almost no chance of making it back before the end of the season. ESPN's Keith Law recently ranked Sano as the eight-best prospect in MLB.
Miguel Sano, 3B2/28/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano had an examination Friday after feeling renewed soreness in his right elbow, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Sano strained his ulnar collateral ligament in winter ball and felt something on a throw from third during Thursday's intrasquad game. He reportedly called his agent Rob Plummer Friday to ask if he should have Tommy John surgery. MLB.com ranks Sano as the fourth best prospect in baseball (Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is No. 1).
Miguel Sano, 3B1/28/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Dominican slugger Miguel Sano hit 35 homers between Single-A and Double-A last season and in an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune claims he'll hit 45 this season - for the Twins.
Insight: "I hit 45 this year. More games," he said. "Maybe 55, you never know." He is talented, but he'll likely start the year in the minors. Fantasy owners should key a watchful eye on him, however, as he could end up in the majors some time this season.
Kurt Suzuki, C1/25/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twins GM Terry Ryan said Friday he wasn't sure who would back up Kurt Suzuki this season, effectively naming Suzuki the starter.
Insight: Suzuki will only be a fantasy option in AL-only leagues. The 30-year-old has a .253 average, 67 homers and a .684 OPS in 840 career games.
Josmil Pinto, C12/20/2013 11:26:00 AM
Description: All signs point to Twins 24-year-old catcher Josmil Pinto getting a shot to start this season.
Insight: Pinto batted .342 in 76 at-bats last season and .314 at Triple-A Rochester. The Twins also signed veteran Kurt Suzuki to back him up and have Joe Mauer at first base, so they should be covered it Pinto doesn't pan out.
Kurt Suzuki, C12/20/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: Minnesota has agreed to terms with catcher Kurt Suzuki, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.
Insight: He'll earn $2.75 million in 2014. Suzuki's offense has gone south of late, but he's a good defensive catcher and a nice guy to have in the clubhouse. The Twins hope that youngster Josmil Pinto (.314 at Triple-A Rochester) can grab the lion's share of the catching duties with Suzuki as his backup and Joe Mauer at first base.
Mike Pelfrey, SP12/14/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: The Twins have re-signed right-hander Mike Pelfrey to a two-year contract for $11 million, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com.
Insight: Pelfrey had a 5.19 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over 152 2/3 innings last season with Minnesota and isn't likely to be a fantasy option in 2014.
Jason Kubel, LF12/13/2013 3:36:00 PM
Description: OF/DH Jason Kubel has signed a minor league deal with Minnesota.
Insight: Some of Kubel's best seasons have come in Minnesota. He hit 30 homers for Arizona in 2012 before completely falling off the map last season (.216, 5 HR, 32 RBI). Kubel should be comfortable back in Minnesota where he played for seven seasons, though Target Field isn't always kind to power hitters.
Phil Hughes, SP12/1/2013 1:02:00 PM
Description: Pitcher Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year deal with Minnesota, according to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune report.
Insight: It's probably a good move for Hughes to get out of New York. He has talent, but hasn't shown it since around 2010. Out of the spotlight, he may yet develop into a fantasy-worthy starting pitcher.
Ricky Nolasco, SP11/29/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Righthander Ricky Nolasco has agreed to a four-year, $49 million deal with Minnesota. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Nolasco isn't an ace but with such little talent in this year's free agent pool, he still got a big pay day. He'll get his 200 innings in Minnesota and has posted double-digit wins in six consecutive seasons.
Joe Mauer, 1B11/11/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: The Twins announced they will move Joe Mauer to first base full time in 2014, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: Mauer missed the last six weeks of the season with a concussion that he suffered when he took a foul tip off his mask on Aug. 19. The move is great news for fantasy owners, as Mauer will remain catcher-eligible for one more year without having to go through the wear and tear of the position. Mauer never has played more than 147 games in a season and has played 140 or more just three times in nine years.
Josh Willingham, LF9/29/2013 1:15:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham isn't starting Sunday's game versus Cleveland.
Insight: By all accounts, it's been a miserable year for Willingham. After knocking the cover off the ball in 2012 (35 HR, 110 RBI), he's had a hard time making contact in 2013 (.208 AVG, 128 K's). Willingham's home run total (14 in 111 games) is his lowest since 2010.
Josh Willingham, LFCold9/28/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 1-for-16 (.063) with seven strikeouts over his last four games and owns a .143 lifetime average against Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: After a career year in 2012 that saw him produce 35 homers, 110 RBI and an .890 OPS, Willingham has hit .208 with 14 homers and 48 RBI in 385 at-bats this season. He shouldn't be started Saturday against the Indians or in the final game of the year Sunday.
Josh Willingham, LF9/26/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham only has 10 at-bats against Indians starter Zach McAllister, but he has picked up six hits, including three homers.
Insight: After a career year in 2012 that saw him produce 35 homers, 110 RBI and an .890 OPS, Willingham has hit just .211 with 14 homers, 48 RBI and a .720 OPS this season. Fantasy owners who have stuck with him for this long should start him Thursday.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B9/20/2013 9:51:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe left Thursday's game against the Athletics with a sore left wrist, according to Twins beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III.
Insight: Plouffe (.249, 14 HR, 51 RBI) hasn't progressed from last season's 24 HR breakout effort and is fantasy bench material, not start worthy at this time.
Joe Mauer, C9/20/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer had another good workout Thursday as he tries to work back from a concussion. Its been one month since he suffered the injury.
Insight: Mauer, who last played on Aug. 19, had his concussion symptoms return Wednesday and was sent home. He's still without a timetable for a return, but is hoping to get back on the field this season. Given how conservative the team was with Justin Morneau, it is possible we won't see Mauer this season.
Josh Willingham, LF9/17/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 5-for-10 with a pair of home runs against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Willingham has had a season to forget, hitting .212 with 14 homers in 359 at-bats, but he does have a nice history in his matchups with Quintana.
Samuel Deduno, SP9/13/2013 8:26:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno will have arthroscopic shoulder surgery next week. SOURCE: Brandon Warner, 1500 AM ESPN Twin Cities
Insight: Deduno will finish the 2013 campaign at 8-8 with a 3.83 ERA. No timetable has been given for his return to pitching and it's up in the air as to whether or not Deduno will be ready for the start of next season.
Ryan Doumit, C9/13/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Minnesota DH Ryan Doumit isn't starting Friday against the Rays. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: The Twins also announced that Doumit won't play catcher again this season, sighting a concussion he suffered back in August. Instead, Doumit will get most of his at bats as the DH while making occasional appearances in the outfield. September call-up Josmil Pinto will fill in behind the plate until Joe Mauer, who is also dealing with a concussion, is ready to return.
Joe Mauer, C9/12/2013 4:31:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) felt fine after working out Friday, according to Brandon Warne of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
Insight: Mauer, who last played on Aug. 19, had his concussion symptoms return Wednesday and was sent home. He's still without a timetable for a return.
Joe Mauer, C9/11/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer's concussion symptoms returned after Wednesday's workout, so the team sent him home, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: "This was a bad day, but we'll come back and try tomorrow," Twins GM Terry Ryan said. Mauer last played on Aug. 19 and his status for the rest of this season is in doubt.
Alexi Casilla, 2B9/9/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Baltimore second baseman Alexi Casilla is a career .516 hitter (16-for-31) versus Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
Insight: The light-hitting second baseman has little fantasy value, so this might be his only chance to help a fantasy lineup all season. He did steal 21 bases last season in 299 official at-bats, but he's only gotten 106 at-bats this season.
Andrew Albers, SP9/8/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Andrew Albers blanked the Blue Jays on four hits with zero walks in seven innings Sunday.
Insight: The 27-year-old rookie started off his major league career with 17 1/3 six-hit scoreless frames but gave up 32 hits and 17 earned runs in his last 21 1/3 prior to Sunday. He's a risky streaming option.
Samuel Deduno, SP9/8/2013 2:17:00 PM
Description: Minnesota righthander Samuel Deduno's shoulder injury may require surgery. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Star Tribune
Insight: Deduno was already expected to miss the rest of this season but if surgery is necessary he may be sidelined for the start of the 2014 season as well. Deduno had lost four out of five before the injury (5.96 ERA in those starts).
Joe Mauer, C9/7/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) took batting practice on the field before Saturday's game and didn't have any issues. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: Mauer also took BP before Friday's game. He's still without a timetable but should return soon based on the progress he has made lately.
Joe Mauer, C9/6/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) was able to take batting practice on Friday. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: That's the first time he's done that in a few weeks so this is definitely a good sign. There's no timetable for Mauer's return but it sounds like he could be back before the end of the season.
Joe Mauer, C9/5/2013 7:49:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer isn't expected to return from his concussion any time soon. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: The Twins were hoping he'd be symptom-free by now but that's not the case. Mauer (.324, 11 HR, 47 RBI) could be done for the year.
Josmil Pinto, C9/4/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Making just his second major league start behind the plate, Twins catcher Josmil Pinto registered four hits in Tuesday night's win over Houston.
Insight: He's been on a roll since his callup with six hits in nine trips to the plate. Pinto should move back to the bench when Joe Mauer (concussion) returns from the DL later this week.
Trevor Plouffe, 3BHot9/4/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe crushed four hits in Tuesday's extra innings win over Houston.
Insight: He's had a phenomenal series with seven hits in his first nine at bats. Plouffe (.245, 14 HR, 45 RBI) has hit .448 during his eight-game hitting streak.
Andrew Albers, SP9/2/2013 9:41:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Andrew Albers allowed nine hits and five earned runs over 1 2/3 innings Monday at Houston.
Insight: Albers still has a 3.96 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 38 2/3 innings, but if you can't trust him against Houston, you can't trust him against anyone.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B9/2/2013 9:31:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-3 with a solo homer Monday versus the Astros.
Insight: Plouffe (.239) had gone 10-for-45 (.222) with zero multi-hit games over his last 12 games. He has 13 home runs in 419 plate appearances (.031 HR/PA) this season after blasting 24 in 465 (.052 HR/PA) last season.
Brian Dozier, SSHot9/2/2013 9:27:00 PM
Description: Twins shortstop Brian Dozier has hit .286 with nine doubles, a triple and seven homers over his last 27 games.
Insight: Dozier has crushed four home runs in his last nine games, including Monday against the Astros. The 26-year-old's .246/.314/.434 line doesn't look great, but Dozier has had a power surge over the last month. If you need a shortstop, he can help.
Joe Mauer, C9/1/2013 3:06:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) could return to the lineup as soon as Friday, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Mauer was concussed after taking a foul ball off his mask and hasn't played since Aug. 19. If he doesn't return Friday, he'll certainly be back during the team's upcoming 10-game homestand.
Samuel Deduno, SP8/30/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno's MRI revealed a problem with his labrum and rotator cuff, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Insight: Deduno exited Thursday's start with shoulder soreness and went on the DL Friday. He'll see a shoulder specialist in Minnesota and is likely done for the year.
Joe Mauer, C8/30/2013 6:26:00 PM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer (concussion) hopes to hit off a tee Saturday, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Mauer "ramped it up" with the activity Friday, according to GM Terry Ryan. The catcher was concussed after taking a foul ball off his mask and hasn't played since Aug. 19.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/30/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Friday's game against Texas with a sore left wrist.
Insight: Arcia (.254, 10 HR, 32 RBI) has played once since Aug. 19. He is traveling with the team on the road trip so that's a bit of encouragement, but his fantasy value is minimal.
Samuel Deduno, SP8/29/2013 4:07:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno exited Thursday's game with right shoulder soreness, according to Lavelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Deduno threw 71 pitches and allowed three runs over three innings before leaving the game. He has a 3.83 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 108 innings, making him a marginal fantasy talent.
Andrew Albers, SP8/29/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Minnesota rookie Andrew Albers allowed three runs (two earned) over seven innings Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: After throwing 17 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two big league starts, Albers gave up 10 earned runs over 12 2/3 innings prior to Wednesday's start. The 27-year-old only has 13 K in 37 innings, so he isn't a fantasy option outside AL-only leagues.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/28/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Wednesday's game against Kansas City with a sore left wrist.
Insight: Arcia (.254, 10 HR, 32 RBI) has played once over the past week and hasn't produced so for a while and may be sidelined until the injury heals.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF8/28/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia will travel with the team for their weekend series in Texas. SOURCE: Brandon Warne, 1500 AM ESPN Twin Cities
Insight: He's still out with a bruised wrist but it looks like he could return any day now. Josh Willingham (.213, 12 HR, 45 RBI) has been playing left field in Arcia's absence.
Joe Mauer, C8/27/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer will not be in the lineup in the series against Kansas City when he's eligible to come off the concussion disabled list.
Insight: Mauer is eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. There's no timetable for Mauer's return.
Josh Willingham, LFCold8/25/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out four times and gone 1-for-11 against Indians starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Willingham has had a season to forget, hitting .215 with 12 homers in 303 at-bats. He's 10-for-57 (.175) with 21 K in 71 plate appearances since returning from knee surgery. Avoid this matchup and keep Willingham on the bench until he does something positive.
Joe Mauer, C8/24/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: It's unlikely that Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer will be in the lineup next week against Kansas City. SOURCE: LaVelle Neal, Star Tribune
Insight: Mauer, who is out with a concussion, is eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. He's been told to take it easy until Tuesday and then he'll be reevaluated. There's no timetable for Mauer's return.
Josh Willingham, LF8/24/2013 11:56:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 5-for-7 (.714) with three homers and a 2.700 OPS against Cleveland starter Zach McAllister.
Insight: Willingham has gone just 9-for-46 (.195) in 13 games since returning from knee surgery, but this matchup is too good to resist.
Samuel Deduno, SP8/23/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Samuel Deduno looked sharp Friday in a win against Cleveland (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 K's).
Insight: Deduno dealt with shoulder pain earlier in the week but it didn't seem to affect him on Friday night. The win snapped a three-game slide for Deduno, who is now 8-7 for the season. He'll make his next start Thursday against Kansas City.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/23/2013 9:47:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia's MRI came back clean. SOURCE: St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: He's dealing with a bruised wrist. Arcia (.257, 10 HR, 32 RBI) hasn't played since Monday, though it doesn't sound like a trip to the DL will be necessary.
Samuel Deduno, SP8/23/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Minnesota righthander Samuel Deduno is listed as questionable for Friday's scheduled start against Cleveland.
Insight: Deduno threw a bullpen session on Wednesday without incident and is expected to start. He's struggled in his last three starts giving up at least four earned runs in each and fantasy owners should avoid him until he turns it around.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/23/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Friday's game against Cleveland with a sore left wrist. he still felt pain during a Thursday batting practice session.
Insight: Arcia has hit safely in nine of the last 11 games, but his average is still hovering below .260 with a .750 OPS. He has hit 10 homers in 272 at-bats which extrapolated over 500 plus at-bats would yield around 20 homers a season.
Ryan Doumit, C8/22/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Twins C/OF Ryan Doumit has never had a hit off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, Thursday's scheduled starter.
Insight: Doumit is 0-for-11 with three strikeouts against the right-hander. He's hitting .227 in August.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B8/22/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is just 3-for-20 (.150) with six strikeouts against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Plouffe is hitting a pitiful .155 with 28 strikeouts in 112 plate appearances since the All-Star break and .232 on the year. He has a 23.7 percent line-drive rate but his BABIP is just .263 due to a lack of production on flyballs (.171, 17 extra-base hits on 108 flyballs).
Oswaldo Arcia, RF8/21/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is questionable for Wednesday's game against Detroit with a sore left wrist.
Insight: Arcia has hit safely in nine of the last 11 games, but his average is still hovering below .260 with a .750 OPS. He has hit 10 homers in 272 at-bats which extrapolated over 500 plus at-bats would yield around 20 homers a season.
Joe Mauer, C8/20/2013 10:58:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Mauer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after feeling dizzy during batting practice. According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins catcher took a foul tip off his mask from Ike Davis Monday night and came in Tuesday with a bruised forehead.
Justin Morneau, 1B8/20/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI Tuesday at Detroit.
Insight: After hitting seven homers prior to the All-Star break, Morneau now has seven in August and eight since the break. He has 15 homers, 72 RBIs and a .752 OPS in 508 plate appearances.
Joe Mauer, C8/20/2013 6:19:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer experienced dizziness during batting practice and was scratched from Tuesday's lineup, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Insight: Mauer is batting .395 with three home runs during his 10-game hitting streak, but he'll take a seat Tuesday.
Josh Willingham, LF8/20/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 7-for-16 (.438) with a pair of homers and a 1.509 OPS against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello.
Insight: Willingham has gone just 8-for-42 (.190) in 12 games since returning from knee surgery, so may not be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Justin Morneau, 1B8/17/2013 6:32:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is getting the night off Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Morneau struggles versus lefties (.217 AVG this season) so with Chris Sale pitching for Chicago, sitting him was a no-brainer. Joe Mauer will take over at first base.
Josh Willingham, LFCold8/17/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is 2-for-14 (.143) with eight strikeouts versus White Sox starter Chris Sales.
Insight: Willingham has gone 5-for-30 (.167) in nine games since returning from knee surgery rehab and with this unfavorable matchup should be avoided on Saturday.
Ryan Doumit, C8/15/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Twins C/OF Ryan Doumit has passed all concussion tests and could return to the field Friday.
Insight: Doumit is batting .244 with nine homers and 44 RBI. As a catcher he has low end value, as an outfielder he has no fantasy value.
Joe Mauer, C8/14/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer went 5-for-7 with a homer, four RBI and two runs Wednesday afternoon against the Indians.
Insight: Mauer had hit just .190 (8-for-42) in his first 13 games this month after closing out July with 21 hits in his final 45 at-bats (.467).
Justin Morneau, 1B8/14/2013 2:47:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau cleared waivers and could be traded if the right deal comes along.
Insight: Morneau remains a good run producer and has pounded out six home runs in 13 August games. If Morneau were to play every day in a better offense he could certainly have increased fantasy value.
Josh Willingham, LF8/13/2013 11:21:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has only seven plate appearances against Cleveland starter Zach McAllister, but is 4-for-4 with two walks, a sacrifice fly and two home runs.
Insight: Willingham has gone 2-for-19 (.105) with eight strikeouts and one HR since returning from knee surgery rehab, but he should be active in all lineups against McAllister.
Andrew Albers, SPHot8/12/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota rookie Andrew Albers was phenomenal Monday in a shutout win over Cleveland.
Insight: Albers is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his first two big league starts, allowing just six hits in 17 1/3 innings. At this rate, he might throw a perfect game in his next outing. Fantasy owners should definitely consider picking the lefthander up if he's still available.
Kevin Correia, SP8/11/2013 5:59:00 PM
Description: Minnesota starter Kevin Correia fired seven scoreless frames Sunday in a victory over the White Sox.
Insight: Correia got hammered for six runs in two innings in his previous start so Sunday's effort represents a dramatic improvement for the righthander. Correia's seven strikeouts matched a season-high.
Josh Willingham, LF8/11/2013 10:14:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has only had seven plate appearances against Jose Quintana, but he has five hits, including two homers, one walk and five RBI against the left-hander.
Insight: Willingham has gone 2-for-13 (.154) with seven K and one HR in his first three games since returning from knee surgery rehab, but he should be active in all lineups Sunday with Quintana on the mound for the White Sox.
Justin Morneau, 1BHot8/10/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau is making up for lost time in August. He had just eight homers from April through the end of July, but he has blasted six longballs in 10 games this month.
Insight: Morneau remained a good run producer throughout the season despite lacking in the power department, but his fantasy value was limited. Suddenly, he's an option again for deep league owners and a must-own player in AL-only formats.
Justin Morneau, 1BHot 8/9/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau cranked two homers including his seventh career grand slam Friday in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox.
Insight: The grand slam marked Morneau's 1300th career hit. He now has five homers in his last eight games. Before that, Morneau had just eight homers in his first 99 games of the season.
Josh Willingham, LF8/9/2013 1:37:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (knee) has been activated from the disabled list in time for Friday's games.
Insight: Willingham underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of July after hitting just .224 with 10 HR and a .754 OPS in his first 246 at-bats. He's got a sweet spot in the order, batting third, between Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.
Ryan Doumit, C8/7/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Ryan Doumit had to leave Wednesday's game in the fourth inning. SOURCE: Phil Miller, StarTribune
Insight: Doumit felt nauseous. The Twins are off tomorrow so he should be good to go Friday against the White Sox.
Andrew Albers, SP8/6/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Twins pitcher Andrew Albers nearly completed a shutout in his major league debut Tuesday against the red hot Royals.
Insight: Albers gave up four hits, struck out two and walked one over 8 1/3 scoreless innings. The 27-year-old had a 2.86 ERA and a 116/32 K/BB in 132 1/3 innings with Triple-A Rochester this season and has recorded a 2.64 ERA in 395 2/3 minor league innings. The Canadian left-hander doesn't have much fantasy upside, however.
Josh Willingham, LF8/6/2013 7:51:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (knee) could be activated before the second game of Minnesota's doubleheader against Chicago Friday, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Willingham underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of July after hitting just .224 with 10 HR and a .754 OPS in his first 246 at-bats. If he gets through his rehab games over the next few days without an issue he'll be back Friday.
Justin Morneau, 1B8/6/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is 13-for-35 (.371) with three homers against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Morneau is batting just .265 with 10 home runs and a .731 OPS in 442 plate appearances this year, but has had a solid week batting .308 with a pair of home runs and might be ready to take advantage of the favorable matchup.
Justin Morneau, 1B8/1/2013 9:01:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau crushed a solo home run to deep center field Thursday versus the Royals.
Insight: Morneau is batting just .264 with nine home runs and a .725 OPS in 424 plate appearances this year and is only a fantasy option in AL-only formats.
Josh Willingham, LF8/1/2013 5:45:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (knee) is expected to start a rehab assignment this weekend with Triple-A Rochester, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Insight: Willingham underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of July after hitting just .224 with 10 HR and a .754 OPS in his first 246 at-bats.
Glen Perkins, SP7/31/2013 2:30:00 PM
Description: According to Nick Cafardo of Boston.com, the Twins are getting a lot of calls about closer Glen Perkins but they will not move him prior to the trade deadline.
Insight: Perkins has allowed seven hits, walked three batters and given up two earned runs over his last four appearances but still has a 2.03 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and 25 saves this season. He'll remain Minnesota's closer.
Justin Morneau, 1B7/31/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: If the Twins don't trade Justin Morneau by Wednesday's deadline, he has a favorable matchup Wednesday night against the Royals.
Insight: Morneau is 8-for-22 (.364) with four doubles and two home runs against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. Morneau is no longer the hitter he once was -- he's batting .262 with eight home runs, 53 RBI and a .716 OPS in 97 games -- but he's a solid option Wednesday if he's still a member of the Minnesota organization.
Joe Mauer, C7/30/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer will return to the lineup Tuesday after missing six games due to the birth of his twins.
Insight: The 30-year-old is hitting .324 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 51 runs and an .881 OPS this season. He returns to a favorable matchup as he's a career .412 hitter against Royals starter Ervin Santana.
Joe Mauer, C7/29/2013 4:45:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Joe Mauer will return to the lineup Tuesday after missing six games due to the birth of his twins.
Insight: Mauer left the team last week to be with his wife. The 30-year-old is hitting .324 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 51 runs and an .881 OPS this season.
Justin Morneau, 1B7/28/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: The Orioles have been scouting Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: The O's could target Morneau (.267, 8 HR, 53 RBI) at the trade deadline. They've also been keeping an eye on Seattle sluggers Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales. Chris Davis plays first base so Morneau would be the DH if he came to Baltimore.

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