Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Good Morning everyone! Today is a new day. Johan Santana is on the mound for the Twins. Yesterday is over. That Twins 14-4 loss to the Texas Rangers happened, and now it's done with. It was just one game. One game out of 162. That is just as important for Twins fans to realize as it is for the Twins, and Carlos Silva and Julio DePaula.
As bad as the performance was, the result of the game is not as worrisome to me as what happened to lefty Glen Perkins. He struck out Frank Catalanotto on a nice fastball on the outside corner. He then hunched over and grasped the back of his arm. The team is saying that it felt like a cramp, and hopefully that is all it is. With Perkins now likely out the next two games, and Dennys Reyes out at least that long, the Twins are without a lefty in the bullpen. Now, I don't think that is a huge deal, but I know it matters to Gardy and others. Because Julio DePaula threw a lot of pitches in this game, it is likely that the Twins will send him back to Rochester and call up Ricky Barrett from AAA. Actually, Carmen Cali is pitching very well and may deserve a shot. But he pitched 3.2 innings last night meaning he probably couldn't pitch the next day or two. There is an open 40 man roster spot. What that allows them is a couple of days to determine if Perkins and/or Reyes need to go on the DL. If one of them ends up going on the Disabled List, then the team can call up another pitcher. Or, since they are at 12 pitchers, they could actually call up another bat such as Matt Tolbert or Garrett Jones.
UPDATE! According to Joe Christensen, Glen Perkins will be put on the DL. If you are looking at the options available, I posted a comment on his site. Also Dennys Reyes may be ok, but will still need a couple of days off.
I'm going to keep it short today because I have no water in my house... again! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me, or leave some Comments down below.
DISCUSSION QUESTION OF THE DAY
In 2003, the Twins took Matt Moses with their first round pick. In the 13th round, they took another 3B, David Winfree. Both were high school kids from Virginia. Matt Moses has always been a level ahead of Winfree in the Twins system, but he has really struggled at each stop. Winfree has been a level behind, but he has experienced a lot of success including being the Twins minor league hitter of the year in 2005. So, what do you think would have happened had their roles been reversed. What if Winfree had been a level ahead of Moses? More important, how would they have done had they both been at the same levels? Well, if you think that Moses would be a dominant performer if he had been one step behind, then why didn't the Twins do that? With the new rules about when a player needs to be put on the 40 man roster, the two players don't need to be until after this year. So, why the rush with Moses? I realize that there is a 3B need with the Twins, but seriously, if you had to bring up Moses from Rochester now or Winfree from New Britain now, who would you call up?
Leave you thoughts in the comments, please. I think it is a very interesting question.
Twins and their Minor League Updates
Here are the Twins updates from last night, including game reports of their minor league affiliates.
Monday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Trent Oeltjen, Rochester Red Wings
Monday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Carmen Cali, Rochester Red Wings
Monday - Red Wings 5, Norfolk 4 – Garrett Jones hit his sixth homer of the year. Trent Oeltjen went 3-4 with an RBI and his sixth stolen base. Glenn Williams was 2-4 with a double. Josh Rabe began his rehab stint. He DHd, batted third and went 1-5. Brian Bass made his first start of the year. He went just 3.1 innings and gave up four runs on six hits and two walks. Carmen Cali then threw 3.2 shutout innings of relief. Bobby Korecky went the final two innings for his ninth save.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Monday - Rockcats 2, Bowie 0 – New Britain scored two runs (on a fielder's choice and a wild pitch) in the top of the 9th and held on for the win. Brock Peterson and David Winfree, who each went 2-4, led off the 9th with back-to-back singles and scored the two runs. Brian Forystek came out of the bullpen and made the start. He went the first four innings and gave up no runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out four. Danny Powers went the next two innings. Tim Lahey got the win with his two shutout innings. Jay Sawatski got the first out of the bottom of the 9th, then Frank Mata came in to close the door. It was his second save.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Monday - Miracle 2, Palm Beach 3 – Zach Ward fell to 1-6 but he pitched well. He gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out five. Josh Hill struck out two in his inning. Then Armando Gabino made his first Ft. Myers appearance and had a scoreless inning. Steve Tolleson went 2-3 with a walk. Edward Ovalle went 2-4 with his fourth homer and the two RBI.
Monday - Snappers 8, West Michigan 2 – Jeff Manship picked up his fifth win of the year. In the game, he gave up two runs (1 earned) in seven innings. He gave up three hits, two walks and struck out six. Jesus Carnevales gave up a hit and walked two, but pitched a scoreless inning. Then Matt Fox made his 2007 debut with a scoreless ninth inning. Danny Santiesteban led the offense. He went 2-4 with his sixth home run. Steve Singleton went 2-4 with a walk and his fifth double. Johnny Woodard went 1-2 with his ninth double and two walks.
Do you have any further thoughts on any Twins prospects, minor leaguers, or these summaries? E-mail me, or also feel free to leave comments below.
That is it for today. Have a great day!|
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