Twins Rumors & News

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Twins activate Miguel Sano from DL

    ESPN "The Minnesota Twins reinstated third baseman Miguel Sano from the disabled list Thursday. He has missed the Twins' past 24 games with a left hamstring strain. During a five-game rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Rochester, he hit .375 with two..." May 24

  • Michael Pineda throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "According to associate reporter Jarrid Denney, right-hander Michael Pineda threw off a mound Wednesday morning at Target Field for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. Pineda was signed to a two-year, $10 million free agent contract this winter by the Twins, who..." May 23

  • Twins Acquire Chris Carter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have acquired first baseman Chris Carter from the Angels, as reported by Steve Klauke, radio broadcaster for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City.  Chris Carter will report to the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, as per Nate Rowan from the Rochester..." May 22

  • Tigers may have interest in Phil Hughes

    Larry Brown Sports "Phil Hughes looked like he had the potential to be one of the best pitchers in baseball early in his career with the New York Yankees, but he has basically had a rough go at it ever since. Still, at least one team may be willing to take a chance on the right-hander. On Monday, the..." May 22

  • Twins designate Phil Hughes for assignment despite owing him more than $22 million

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The lingering uncertainty over Phil Hughes’ role on the Twins is finally over. There isn’t one. The veteran righthander, who hoped to capture a spot in the starting rotation during spring training, then tried to fill a vague, undefined bullpen role when that didn’t..." May 22

  • Joe Mauer day-to-day after hurting neck diving for foul ball

    Yardbarker "Joe Mauer has been in the league for 14 years now, but his current injury has to be a first even for him. The Minnesota Twins first baseman was forced to leave Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a neck issue, which was described as..." May 19

  • Mauer lands on disabled list with cervical strain and concussion-like symptoms

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with a cervical strain that included some concussion-like symptoms. But Mauer doesn't officially have a concussion. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Mauer showed some balance issues and sensitivity to..." May 19

  • Sano (hamstring) nearing rehab assignment "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been increasing the intensity of his running drills at Target Field and is expected to start a rehab assignment in the coming days, manager Paul Molitor said Friday. Sano, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 1 with a strained left..." May 18

  • Jason Castro To Miss Remainder Of Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins catcher Jason Castro received unwelcome news upon completion of his previously scheduled knee surgery. He ended up requiring a full repair of his meniscus, which is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the season, as’s Rhett Bollinger was among those to..." May 16

  • Jason Castro Out Four To Six Weeks Following Knee Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins catcher Jason Castro, already on the disabled list due to a tear in his right meniscus, will undergo surgery and miss another four to six weeks of action, manager Paul Molitor tells reporters (Twitter links via Brandon Warne of He’ll undergo surgery..." May 14

  • Paul Molitor encouraged by Miguel Sano's progress "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano didn't join the club on its road trip, as he stayed back at Target Field to rehab his strained left hamstring, which prompted his placement on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Saturday. Sano has yet to progress to running,..." May 14

  • Twins Prospect Wander Javier Out For Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins shortstop prospect Wander Javier will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the 2018 season, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. The 19-year-old had received a top-100 nod from Baseball America entering the year. Javier is scheduled for a procedure to repair a..." May 12

  • Twins Release Mason Melotakis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have released 2012 second-round pick Mason Melotakis. The Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, the affiliate with which Melotakis had been pitching, made the announcement (h/t LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune, on Twitter). Soon to turn 27 years of age, Melotakis first reached the..." May 11

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Buxton returns from DL stint for Twins "The Twins returned outfielder Byron Buxton from his rehab assignment and have reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list. Buxton was originally placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering from migraines, he then went on rehab assignment and suffered a hairline fracture in his toe after..." May 10

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

  • Twins Place Jason Castro On DL, Select Bobby Wilson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have placed catcher Jason Castro on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee meniscus tear and selected the contract of fellow backstop Bobby Wilson from Triple-A, per a team announcement. To make room for Wilson on its 40-man roster, Minnesota moved right-hander Ervin Santana to the..." May 05

  • The rise of the C-Flap

    Hardball Talk "One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I..." May 04

  • Miguel Sano heads to DL

    Yardbarker "The Twins have announced a series of roster moves today. Star third baseman Miguel Sano is heading to the 10-day DL with a hamstring strain, with infielder Gregorio Petit replacing him on the active roster after his contract was selected. To create a 40-man opening, the Minnesota organization..." May 01

  • Twins set to summon Fernando Romero to replace Phil Hughes in rotation

    Twin Cities "Looking for a much-needed jolt to their flagging rotation, the Twins are exiling veteran Phil Hughes to their bullpen and calling up hard-throwing right-hander Fernando Romero to make his major league debut on Wednesday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. “With Phil’s couple of starts, we..." April 30

  • Buxton has hairline fracture in left big toe "The Twins received tough news on Saturday, as an MRI exam revealed a hairline fracture in center fielder Byron Buxton's left big toe after he fouled a ball off it during a rehab game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Sunday. There's no timetable for his return, as the Twins hope to know more..." April 28

  • Twins Designate David Hale

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have designated right-hander David Hale for assignment, according to a team announcement. A corresponding roster move is expected at some point today. Minnesota had claimed Hale off waivers from the Yankees less than 48 hours ago. Recent comments from GM Thad Levine suggested that his..." April 28

  • Angels Return Luke Bard To Twins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have returned Rule 5 pick Luke Bard to the Twins, per a club announcement. The reliever had been designated for assignment recently. Bard, 27, has long been viewed as a high-upside relief arm. But he had managed only a 5.40 ERA in his first 11 2/3 innings at the MLB level. While Bard..." April 27

  • Twins claim RHP David Hale

    Yardbarker "The Twins have claimed righty David Hale off waivers from the Yankees, per a club announcement. Hale will be placed onto the active roster, which will require a corresponding move. Minnesota had just announced a pitching move, calling up Aaron Slegers after dropping Rule 5 pick Tyler Kinley...." April 26

  • Twins GM: Players 'officially pissed off' after 7th straight loss

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Twins got off to an 8-5 start this season but currently sit four games under .500 and are on a seven-game losing streak. Their current struggles aren't sitting well with the team. After Minnesota closer Fernando Rodney blew a two-run lead and allowed three runs in the ninth..." April 26

  • Twins’ Logan Morrison on Yankee Stadium hecklers: ‘You can’t fix stupid’

    Twin Cities "There are better places than Yankee Stadium to show up with a .091 batting average and have that displayed on the Jumbotron in center field, but Logan Morrison wasn’t too worried about hecklers this week. “I’ve heard a lot of stuff but it’s not original,” the Twins first baseman said before the..." April 25

  • Brian Dozier extends hitting streak to 23 games

    Hardball Talk "Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit a one-out single in the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays, extending his hitting streak to 23 games, dating back to last season. As’s Joey Johnston notes, Dozier has hit safely in all 16 of the Twins’ games to start the..." April 23

  • Migraines force Byron Buxton to disabled list for Twins

    Twin Cities "Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday after being unavailable for a second straight game because of recurring migraine headaches. After being sent home from Hiram Bithorn Stadium without taking batting practice on Tuesday, Buxton stayed at the team..." April 19

  • Berrios: Starting for Twins in native Puerto Rico 'is a special moment' "Shohei Ohtani and Jose Berrios have a few things in common. They are 23 years old. They have overpowering pitch repertoires. And they can hit. Admittedly, Berrios' Major League sample size is microscopic: He is 2-for-6 in the Majors. But the right-hander who dominated the White Sox on Thursday..." April 18

  • Indians vs. Twins to Be Played in Puerto Rico Despite Island-Wide Blackout

    Bleacher Report "Despite an island-wide blackout, the scheduled game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be played Wednesday. According to ABC News, it is expected to take between 24 and 36 hours for power to be restored. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted..." April 18

  • Twins’ Byron Buxton scratched from lineup with migraine

    Twin Cities "Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, originally scheduled to bat eighth in the opener of this two-game Puerto Rico Series against the Cleveland Indians, was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup after batting practice because of a migraine. Robbie Grossman took Buxton’s spot in the lineup, bumping Max..." April 17

  • Twins-White Sox postponed for 2nd straight day

    Chicago Tribune "The Twins postponed their second straight game against the White Sox on Saturday morning due to a snowstorm that began Friday night and was expected to last nearly 24 hours. The Twins and White Sox didn’t play Friday either due to rain, and Sunday’s game could be in question depending on how..." April 14

  • Joe Mauer joins the 2,000 hit club

    Hardball Talk "With his second hit on Thursday evening against the White Sox, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer became the 287th member of baseball’s 2,000 hit club. He singled in the third inning to knock in the Twins’ second run and hit a two-run single in the seventh off of White Sox reliever Aaron Bummer to..." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • How the Twins improved their defense and became a playoff contender

    Sporting News "The Minnesota Twins were 2017’s biggest surprise, going from 103 losses to a playoff spot due in large part to allowing 101 fewer runs. That swing came without making any notable pitching acquisitions or breakout performances, but through better defense and run prevention. 2018 may be even..." April 09

  • Twins Pursued Offseason Extensions With Multiple Young Players

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins were long rumored to be chatting with center fielder Byron Buxton about a new contract this spring. But it seems he was not the only target for an organization that was evidently hoping to enhance the value of some existing player control rights. Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, via..." April 05

  • Ervin Santana Still Not Cleared To Throw

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins righty Ervin Santana has still not been cleared to resume throwing, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press was among those to report on Twitter. He is rehabbing from early-February finger surgery. When the procedure was announced, the club suggested that Santana might be ready to..." April 05

  • Report: Buxton, Berrios, Kepler rejected long-term deals from Twins

    The Score "The Minnesota Twins' attempt to lock up their young core this winter was unsuccessful. The club reportedly made an effort to sign Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios, and Max Kepler to long-term deals during the offseason but all offers were turned down, sources told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Both..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Brian Dozier explains what critics are missing in flap over Chance Sisco bunt

    Twin Cities "Brian Dozier noticed he was “getting hammered” on social media in the wake of his Sunday criticism of Baltimore Orioles rookie catcher Chance Sisco and his ninth-inning bunt against the shift in a 7-0 game. While even some Twins fans wondered why the star second baseman and several of his..." April 02

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

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