News: Plouffe went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.
Impact: Plouffe isn't known for his plate discipline, but he has an excellent 12:11 K:BB ratio through 76 plate appearances. What he is known for is being a streaky hitter, so it's not wise to assume that the improvements in walk and strikeout rate will hold. Through 17 games, he owns a .286/.395/.413 batting line, with one homer, 11 RBI, 12 runs and no stolen bases. Last season, Plouffe slashed .254/.309/.392 in 522 plate appearances, while posting a 112:34 K:BB ratio and hitting 14 home runs.
News: Correia took the loss Saturday against Kansas City, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks over six innings, while striking out two.
Impact: Correia's 5.47 ERA should come down, but he struggles to miss bats and is thus a candidate to take a beating every time he takes the mound. Fortunately for owners, he's done a nice job limiting the walks (six through 24.1 innings) and has only surrendered one home run. Next up is a Friday home start against a strong Detroit lineup.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Nolasco gave up five earned runs for the third time in four starts in Friday's loss to Kansas City.
Impact: Nolasco has been a bust thus far for the Twins with a 1-2 record and 6.08 ERA.
News: Hughes (right index finder) says his fingernail has healed, and it will not be a problem for him in his start Sunday at Kansas City, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Hughes is striking out an impressive 10.2 batters per nine innings pitched this season but also has a 7.20 ERA. His FIP is 3.87, however, so there has been a good deal of bad luck contributing to his inflated ERA.
Kurt Suzuki - #8 - Catcher - 5'11" - 233lbs
News: Suzuki is batting seventh as the Twins' designated hitter Saturday at Kansas City, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It will be Suzuki's first start at designated hitter this season and first since 2011. He's hitting .256 with a .365 OBP this season. Suzuki has yet to hit a home run but has already logged 43 at-bats in 2013, making him a solid option in two-catcher leagues.
News: Nolasco allowed five runs on 11 hits, striking out three over 5.2 innings of a 5-0 loss to the Royals on Friday night.
Impact: He looked much better against the same Royals team just six days ago, but turned in another lackluster performance in this one. A 1-2 record and a 6.08 ERA is probably not what the Twins were hoping for when they brought him in last winter. He'll hope for better on the road against Tampa Bay next time out.
News: Nunez was sent to Triple-A Rochester after Thursday's doubleheader sweep over Kansas City. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in the second game while starting at third base.
Impact: It may not be too long before he's back in the majors, especially with Jason Bartlett retiring.
News: Dozier was 3 for 8 in Thursday's double header against the Blue Jays with his fifth homer of the season.
Impact: Dozier isn't exactly baseball's premier leadoff hitter with a .207 batting average, but he's slugging a solid .483.
News: Gibson won his third straight start Thursday against Toronto, yielding four hits over eight shutout innings.
Impact: After a rough first 10 career major league starts last season, Gibson has been impressive with a 0.93 ERA through three outings this year.
News: Colabello was a combined 5 for 7 with three doubles in Thursday's doubleheader with Toronto.
Impact: Colabello hasn't slowed down from his torrid start to the season. His 19 RBIs led the American League entering Friday's action.
News: Bartlett (ankle) has opted to retire from baseball, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Bartlett's comeback bid was fraught with ineffectiveness at the plate (a measly 3-for-35 this spring) and injury (he sustained a sprained left ankle in the first week of the regular season). During his recent rehab assignment at High-A Fort Myers, he informed manager Doug Mientkiewicz of his decision, effectively bringing the 34-year-old's career to a close, while opening up a spot on the Twins' 40-man roster.
News: Arcia (wrist) took swings underwater and off a tee Friday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Arcia's ailing wrist is experiencing a slow recovery at best, but with the Twins out of town until Apr. 25, he'll have another week to progress through the injury. In Friday's contest at Kansas City, the Twins have turned over their corner outfield spots to Chris Colabello (right field) and Darin Mastroianni (left).
News: Willingham lifted weights Friday but won't be allowed to swing a bat until the broken bone in his left hand heals, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Willingham isn't with the Twins on their current six-game road trip, pushing back his activation date to Apr. 25 at the earliest. However, with no swings yet under his belt, it's growing increasingly unlikely that a return is imminent. On Friday in Kansas City, the Twins' battered outfield will turn to Chris Colabello (right field) and Darin Mastroianni (left) in the corner outfield.
News: Kubel is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Royals, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Impact: Kubel picked up three RBI over his last two games, but he will be held out Friday with left-hander Jason Vargas getting the start for the Royals. Josmil Pinto will handle the DH duties for the Twins on Friday.
News: Pelfrey gave up four runs over 4.1 innings with five walks and one strikeout, but got a no-decision in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader sweep over Toronto.
Impact: Pelfrey has struggled so far this season as he's given up 13 runs over 14.2 innings with an ugly 7:12 K:BB ratio. Pelfrey's velocity at 91 mph per average fastball is lower than any point for his full-season average in his career. It was thought he might improve in his second full season back from Tommy John surgery, but the early results suggest he's going the opposite direction.
News: Colabello went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Impact: Colabello, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the first game, is locked in right now, hitting in the heart of the order for Minnesota.
News: Dozier went 2-for-4 with a homer, three runs scored and pair of stolen bases in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Impact: Dozier is hitting just .207, but he's been quite productive with five homers and five steals. He's also more than capable of drawing a walk, so he should continue to hit in the leadoff spot, despite the low batting average.
News: Colabello went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run Thursday against Toronto.
Impact: After going hitless in four of five games and seeing his hot early start dip into an under-.300 batting average, Colabello's bounced back with five hits in his last two games and continues to see consistent RBI opportunities in the middle of Minnesota's lineup.
News: Gibson (3-0) shut down the Blue Jays for eight innings Thursday, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out four.
Impact: He's off to an awesome start to the year, having allowed just two runs in 19.1 innings, but it's worth noting that Gibson still only has a 10:9 K:BB on the year. It could be a good time to sell high.
News: Plouffe is not in lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Blue Jays, KSTP-TV's Chris Long reports.
Impact: Plouffe started at third base in the afternoon game, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. He'll give way to Eduardo Nunez in Game 2.
News: Bartlett (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Bartlett nearly began a rehab assignment last weekend before being pushed back a few days, but it appears he is finally ready to get back on the field. Bartlett should be ready to return to the Twins following a few minor league games.
News: Nunez was recalled from Triple-A Rochester and will serve as the 26th man during Thursday's doubleheader against Toronto, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: He's likely to return to Triple-A after Thursday's doubleheader, but a strong showing could mean he'll be called up against soon. Nunez is hitting .318 (7-for-22) with a home run since joining Triple-A Rochester.
News: Pelfrey will start the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against Toronto after his scheduled start Wednesday was postponed due to inclement weather, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: He may face a different opposing pitcher as the Blue Jays may keep R.A. Dickey as the starter in the first game.
News: Pelfrey's Wednesday start against the Blue Jays has been postponed due to inclement weather.
Impact: The two teams will make the game up as part of a day-night doubleheader Thursday. Pelfrey will more than likely receive the starting nod for one of those two games, though the Twins haven't confirmed which contest he'll start just yet.
News: Hughes developed an issue with the fingernail on his right index finger during Tuesday's start which limited the use of his curveball, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I always cut my nail before a start," Hughes said. "If my index fingernail gets too long, I can't spike the curveball. I have to make sure it's pretty short. I just cut it too short, and the skin just peeled back a little bit on the other side of it. It didn't spring up until the fifth inning."
Impact: Hughes threw five scoreless innings in the game and then gave up four consecutive hits in the sixth inning. Hughes downplayed the issue, saying he probably wouldn't have used his curveball as much in the sixth inning even if there was no issue, but the health of his finger is something to watch ahead of his next start.
Jared Burton - #61 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 225lbs
News: Burton walked three batters and then gave up a grand slam in one inning of work in Tuesday's loss to Toronto. He's given up eight runs in five innings so far this season.
Impact: Burton wasn't sharp during the spring (4.70 ERA and 5:5 K:BB ratio) and is off to a slow start with a 3:5 K:BB ratio in five innings. He's a veteran, so there may not be a major reason to worry, but he could lose his job as the primary setup if his struggles continue.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Colabello kept the hits coming on Tuesday.
Impact: Colabello went 3 for 5 and is up to .306 on the year after a minor slump.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Hughes lost to Toronto on Tuesday.
Impact: Hughes gave up four runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts in five-plus innings. His ERA is an unimpressive 7.20.
News: Hughes gave up four earned runs on eight hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in five innings Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Hughes was in the midst of a very impressive outing, tossing five shutout innings before giving up four runs and failing to record an out in the sixth inning. Looking dominant at times is not something Hughes is unaccustomed to, but he's also well-versed in unraveling and giving up a big inning. There was a lot to like here, but it would be hard to convince Hughes' owners of this fact. He has now give up exactly four runs in exactly five innings in his first three starts of the season, good for a 7.20 ERA. He pitches again Sunday in Kansas City against phenom Yordano Ventura.
News: Willingham (hand) won't travel with the team on their upcoming road trip, Brandon Warne of TwinkieTown reports.
Impact: This means that April 25, when the Twins return home to face the Tigers, will be Willingham's first chance to get back on the field, although that's far from a certainty. In the meantime the Twins will continue to give the corner outfielder at-bats to the likes of Chris Colabello and Jason Kubel.
News: Arcia had a cortisone shot in his injured wrist Tuesday, and he will not travel with the Twins on their upcoming road trip, Brandon Warne of TwinkieTown reports.
Impact: This means that April 25, when the Twins return home to face the Tigers, will be the soonest we could see Arcia, as he's reported little progress from his injury. The musical chairs in the Twins' outfield will continue in his absence.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Correia gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings Sunday against Kansas City, not recording a decision for the second time in three starts.
Impact: Correia owns a 5.30 ERA.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arcia, who is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on April 20, reported little progress with his injured wrist after Sunday's game, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: It sounds like Arcia may be out longer than the minimum 15 days as a result. The Twins will continue to use a number of players to cover right field in his absence.
News: Pinto went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Sunday against the Royals.
Impact: Pinto continued his strong start and now has two homers in his last three games. Even with Kurt Suzuki atop the Twins' depth chart, Pinto is making it increasingly difficult for manager Ron Gardenhire to hold him out of the lineup.
Glen Perkins - #15 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 208lbs
News: Perkins notched his third save of the season Sunday, pitching a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Impact: Since giving up two runs in a non-save situation April 5 in Cleveland, Perkins has settled down and hasn't been scored upon in three straight appearances. Fantasy owners can continue to feel comfortable rolling with Perkins, as the St. Paul native looks to be back on track after a shaky start to the year.
News: Correia came away with a no-decision when despite giving up just three runs in seven innings Sunday. He allowed six hits and a walk to go along with two strikeouts.
Impact: Correia was cruising early on, posting seven scoreless frames to start the game, but gave up a walk and two hits to start the eighth inning before being pulled in favor of Brian Duensing. It was an encouraging start nonetheless, as the Twins were eventually able to come away with the win. Correia will look to build on the momentum when he takes the hill against the Royals once again his next time out.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Mauer hit his first home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Royals.
Impact: Mauer hit a three-run shot against starter James Shields. Minnesota has scored the second-most runs in the American League.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Nolasco showed why the Twins signed him to a $49 million, four-year contract to steady their rotation in Saturday's win over the Royals.
Impact: The right-hander gave up five runs in each of his first two outings for his new team, but was on top of his game Saturday in his first home start for Minnesota. Nolasco went eight innings and allowed five hits with four strikeouts. He faces KC again next week.
News: Willingham (hand) had a CT scan that revealed a small fracture in the pisiform bone in his hand, but the Twins are hopeful that he won't need more than the 15-day minimum on the disabled list, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.
Impact: Even with the seemingly encouraging news, the Twins are going to have Willingham visit a specialist to ensure that the injury won't be a long-term problem.
News: Nunez went 2-for-6 with a home run in a doubleheader Saturday for Triple-A Rochester.
Impact: He's played shortstop and third base in his first three games for Rochester. If he gets hot at the plate, the Twins may give him a shot in the majors to replace a slumping Pedro Florimon. However, putting Nunez in at shortstop for the Twins may be an even larger drop-off on defense.
News: Mauer went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season in Saturday's win over Kansas City.
Impact: The three-run homer was his first with more than one runner on base since Sep. 1, 2012. Mauer hit 11 home runs in just 445 at-bats last year, the second-best home-run rate of his career, so it's possible that he continues his increased long ball rate this season.
News: Nolasco earned his first win in a Twins uniform Saturday, limiting the Royals to just one run over eight innings.
Impact: Nolasco allowed five runs in both of his first two outings but was much better Saturday and needed just 106 pitches to get through eight innings. While he only struck out four batters, he also allowed just five hits and one walk. Next up is a likely Friday start in Kansas City.
News: Plouffe continued his strong start with three hits and an RBI in Friday's win over Kansas City.
Impact: Plouffe is hitting .375 over his first 10 games with four doubles.
News: Colabello was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs in Friday's win over Kansas City.
Impact: Colabello has certainly cooled off but his .513 slugging percentage through 10 games still makes him pretty appealing.
News: Gibson improved to 2-0 with a solid start Friday against Kansas City, surrendering a run and five hits over 6 1-3 innings.
Impact: Gibson did walk four batters for the second straight start, though it hasn't seriously cost him yet.
Anthony Swarzak - #51 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 208lbs
News: Swarzak threw a scoreless inning in Friday's win over Kansas City. After giving up six runs in his first two appearances over 1.2 innings, he's thrown 2.1 scoreless innings in his last two outings.
Impact: Swarzak was the team's long reliever last season, but may have more of a middle relief role this year with Samuel Deduno in the bullpen. He's off to a slow start with his control with a 2:3 K:BB in his first four innings.
News: Pinto went 1-for-3 with a home run in Friday's victory over the Royals.
Impact: Pinto was in the Twins' lineup at DH Friday night, as that may become a common occurrence as long as the team keeps three catchers on the roster. The home run was the second of the year for the young backstop who is now 4-for-19 at the plate in 2014.
News: Colabello went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in Friday's 10-1 rout of the Royals.
Impact: Colabello just continues to drive in runs for the Twins. Increasingly interesting to fantasy owners, the 30-year-old is now batting .308 with and incredible 14 RBI through the first 10 games this season.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Twins expect to put left fielder Josh Willingham on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Impact: Willingham has been out since he was hit in the left wrist by a pitch Sunday in Cleveland. The move would be retroactive to Monday, and the Twins plan to fill his roster spot with right-hander Michael Tonkin. Assistant general manager Rob Antony says Willingham took batting practice before Friday night's game against Kansas City and still felt pain when he swung hard. Antony added that Willingham might be sent for another MRI exam Saturday.
News: Gibson picked up his second victory of the season Friday, allowing one run on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 6.1 innings against the Royals.
Impact: Gibson has allowed just two earned runs in 11.1 innings this season in two starts, but he's walked eight and struck out six.
News: Bartlett (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Fort Myers on Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Bartlett experienced no issues while running the bases, so he'll advance to the next stage in the rehab process. If all goes well while he takes some at-bats and plays the field in the minors, Bartlett could be activated as soon as next week.
Michael Tonkin - #59 - Pitcher - 6'7" - 220lbs
News: Tonkin will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Tonkin will take the place of Josh Willingham on the active roster, after Willingham was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday. The 24-year-old Tonkin throws hard and has shown the ability to make batters whiff in the high minors, but he's probably best suited for low-leverage work with the Twins at this stage in his career.
News: Willingham (wrist) was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Willingham was looking increasingly likely to land on the DL with each passing day he didn't play for the Twins, and it appears the team finally reached the point where it couldn't have him eating up an active roster spot. He'll likely have an MRI on Saturday to offer a clearer assessment on the health of his wrist. Look for Jason Kubel to be the greatest beneficiary of Willingham's absence.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Pelfrey was terrible again Thursday for the Twins.
Impact: Pelfrey gave up six runs on nine hits and four walks in five innings. It won't get easier for him next as he faces the Jays.
News: Pinto is in Friday's lineup against Kansas City at DH and batting sixth, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The Twins may use Pinto more at DH with Chris Herrmann on the roster as a third catcher.
News: Willingham (wrist) is not in the lineup Friday against the Royals, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Impact: Willingham has taken cuts the last few days -- and he may have even gotten in a few Friday -- but it appears he is still too sore to play. The Twins are trying to avoid placing him on the disabled list, but he will have already been out five days following Friday's game, so that remains an option if he does not return over the weekend.
News: Bartlett (ankle) will run the bases Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Bartlett just hit the DL on Monday but is already set to test the ankle by running the bases. It typically represents the final hurdle a player must clear before returning to game action, and the team will discuss a rehab assignment if there is no soreness afterward.
News: Willingham (wrist) is expected to take batting practice Friday and remains hopeful that he can avoid a stint on the DL, MLB.com's Dick Kaegel reports.
Impact: Willingham was able to take swings in a batting cage Wednesday and Thursday and will test the sore wrist during batting practice Friday. If all goes well, he could return to the lineup this weekend, but even the slightest setback could set up him up with a backdated stint on the DL.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Kubel was at it again Wednesday.
Impact: Kubel had four hits to give him 10 in his last four games. Thursday he faces Dan Straily in a potential tough one.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Hughes again failed to impress Wednesday.
Impact: Hughes walked three and struck out three in five innings, with five hits surrendered. His ERA is 7.20 and he faces Toronto next. The Blue Jays usually toy with the righty.
News: Dozier went 1-for-3 with his third homer of the year and a walk in Thursday's loss to Oakland.
Impact: Dozier's long ball was the only run the Twins managed to generate against A's starter Dan Straily. He has just six hits in 36 at-bats this year (.167), but has hit all three of his homers in his last five games and owns a solid 4:5 BB:K in that span, so he's starting to get things going.
News: Pelfrey (0-2) was lit up for nine hits, four walks and six runs (all earned) in five innings during Thursday's loss to the Twins. He struck out three.
Impact: Two games into the year, Pelf's given up nine runs and 19 baserunners in 10.1 innings with more walks (seven) than strikeouts (six). All in all, it's about what fantasy owners have come to expect from the 30-year-old, who hasn't finished a full season with an ERA lower than 4.74 since 2010. There are precious few formats in which Pelfrey generates positive value.
News: Willingham (hand) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the A's, according to FSN's Tyler Mason.
Impact: Willingham was able to take some swings Wednesday, but it appears he is still too sore to play. He will miss his third straight game Thursday, but he remains day-to-day for the time being.
Pedro Florimon - #25 - Short Stop - 6'2" - 180lbs
News: Florimon is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the A's, according to FSN's Tyler Mason.
Impact: Florimon is just 2-for-22 to open the season, so manager Ron Gardenhire decided to hold him out of Thursday's lineup. Eduardo Escobar will get the start at shortstop in Florimon's place.
News: Mastroianni will play right field and bat leadoff in Thursday's game against the A's, FSN's Tyler Mason reports.
Impact: Mastroianni was just called up Wednesday, but that did not prevent manager Ron Gardenhire from throwing him right into the leadoff spot. Mastroianni owns just a .607 career MLB OPS, but he did get off to a good start this season, going 9-for-20 (.450) over four games with Triple-A Rochester.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Mastroianni had his contract selected from Triple-A Rochester after Wednesday's game against Oakland.
Impact: Mastroianni played in 30 games last season for the Twins, hitting .185 in 65 at-bats.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Minnesota placed Arcia on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right wrist, with the move retroactive to Saturday.
Impact: Arcia sat out for the fourth straight game with the injury. He took full part in batting practice but still felt discomfort afterward. With left fielder Josh Willingham also hurting since he was hit Sunday on the left wrist by a pitch, the Twins couldn't wait longer for Arcia to heal.
News: Mastroianni was called up by the Twins on Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) hitting the DL, Mastroianni will be up to provide some outfield depth. A .230/.298/.309 career hitter at the major league level, Mastroianni has gotten off to a fast start at Triple-A Rochester this season (9-for-20), but his playing time with the Twins figures to be limited. Jason Kubel seems like the obvious candidate to take over in right field.
News: Arcia (wrist) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Arcia took some swings in the batting cage prior to Wednesday's game but intimated that his wrist just isn't improving. The 22-year-old's DL stint can be backdated to April 5, meaning he'll be eligible to return April 20, but it's uncertain whether he'll be ready by then. Darin Mastroianni will be up to take Arcia's place on the active roster, but Jason Kubel and Chris Colabello are the top candidates for increased playing time.
News: Willingham (hand) hit in the batting cage Wednesday, after which Twins assistant GM Rob Antony stated that the outfielder is "headed in the right direction," Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: Although Willingham's left hand is feeling better, he has yet to progress to taking part in batting practice, leaving him with an uncertain return date. In his place Wednesday versus the Athletics, Jason Kubel will cover left field and bat fifth in the order.
News: Arcia (wrist) will likely land on the 15-day disabled list, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: After hitting on the field Wednesday, Arcia relayed that his wrist isn't improving, meaning a bit of rest and rehab is seemingly on tap. In his stead, Jason Kubel and Chris Colabello are the first men up to help shore up the Twins' corner outfield.
News: Arcia (wrist) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports. He took some swings in the batting cage, however, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: After Arcia missed the previous three games, the team suggested he would need to be ready to play Wednesday in order to avoid heading to the DL. No roster move was made and his taking some swings is a good sign, so the possibility exists that Arcia could be available off the bench Wednesday.
News: Willingham (hand) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports. He did not taking batting practice and hasn't swung a bat since he was hit in the hand by a pitch Sunday.
Impact: Although Willingham is not expected to land on the DL after taking a pitch to the hand Sunday, he could still miss a few days while he waits for the soreness to dissipate. Trevor Plouffe will hit out of the three-hole with Willingham out.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Colabello was 1 for 4 with a walk in Monday's loss to Oakland.
Impact: Colabello has hit safely in all seven games thus far while batting .370 with 11 RBIs.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Correia took the loss after being knocked around for six runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings in Monday's loss to Oakland.
Impact: Correia has been unimpressive through two starts with a 6.17 ERA.
News: Willingham (hand) shouldn't require a trip to the disabled list, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Willingham is not in Monday's lineup after taking a pitch to the hand on Sunday, but X-rays have confirmed that there are no broken bones in his hand, so he should be ready to go moving forward. Once the contusion clears up and he can swing a bat without feeling any effects, Willingham will once again become a fixture in the Twins' lineup, and this will likely happen over the next few days.
News: Nunez's time with the New York Yankees ended after a decade when the infielder was traded to the Minnesota Twins for left-hander Miguel Sulbaran. The deal was announced Monday. The Twins assigned Nunez to Triple-A Rochester.
Impact: Signed by the Yankees in 2004, Nunez came up to the major leagues in 2010 and was seen as a possible successor to Derek Jeter at shortstop. But he struggled defensively, was beaten out by Yangervis Solarte during spring training for a backup infield job and was designated for assignment last week. The 26-year-old Nunez hit .267 in 270 games for the Yankees with 10 homers and 76 RBIs.
Aaron Hicks - #32 - Center Field - 6'2" - 190lbs
News: Hicks ended a four-game hit drought with an RBI double in the second inning Monday.
Impact: It was Hicks' only hit of the afternoon. After hitting just .192 last season, Hicks is at .200 right now with no stolen bases. The young outfielder still has potential to be an impact player for the Twins at some point this season, despite his slow start.
News: Kubel continued his recent strong play Monday, knocking in a run in the Twins' loss to the Athletics.
Impact: Kubel is making the most of his increased playing time with the injuries to Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham. He has six hits in his last 13 at-bats, including two doubles, with four RBI. Signs are promising for a bounce-back season for Kubel after struggling last year.
News: Correia struggled in his start Monday afternoon, taking the loss after allowing six runs in 5.2 innings against the Athletics.
Impact: Correia was fine in his first start, but didn't fair nearly as well in his second outing. The righty will look to get back on track this weekend against the Royals.
News: Nolasco was awful again as the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Cleveland Indians 10-7 on Sunday to take two of three games in the series.
Impact: Nolasco allowed five runs in four innings and looks like a bust through two starts.
News: Mauer had three hits and scored twice as the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Cleveland Indians 10-7 on Sunday to take two of three games in the series.
Impact: Mauer faces Scott Kazmir on Monday.
News: Colabello drove in four runs to raise his AL-leading total to 11 as the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Cleveland Indians 10-7 on Sunday to take two of three games in the series.
Impact: Colabello, who spent 2005 to 2011 paying his dues in the Canadian-American Association before signing with the Twins in 2012, broke a 6-6 tie with a three-run double in the sixth inning off Blake Wood. The 30-year-old Colabello also had an RBI single in the fourth as the Twins concluded a season-opening road trip before playing their home opener Monday. "It's awesome," Colabello said.
News: Nunez was acquired by the Twins on Monday in exchange for minor league pitcher Miguel Sulbaran, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Exiled from the Yankees' 40-man roster after losing out to Yangervis Solarte for a utility infield gig in spring training, Nunez will try to restore some value with a new organization. He'll be assigned to Triple-A Rochester upon joining the Twins, but he could eventually land a bench gig with the big club if he performs well in the minors.
News: Minnesota recalled Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester prior to Monday's home opener against Oakland.
Impact: Herrmann hit .204 in 57 games last season for the Twins.
News: Arcia missed his third straight game Monday due to a sore right wrist.
Impact: The Twins have only two other healthy natural outfielders, Aaron Hicks and Jason Kubel. Backup first baseman Chris Colabello was in right field on Monday.
News: The Minnesota Twins have placed Bartlett on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle, making the move prior to Monday's home opener against Oakland.
Impact: Bartlett was hurt on Sunday at Cleveland after replacing left fielder Josh Willingham, whose left wrist was hit by a pitch. Willingham was out of the lineup on Monday, as was right fielder Oswaldo Arcia for the third straight game because of a sore right wrist.
News: Willingham is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Athletics.
Impact: Willingham took a pitch off his hand in Sunday's contest which took him out of the game, and although X-rays came back negative, he'll sit Monday. Chris Colabello will take his spot in right field and bat cleanup.
News: Kubel is in the lineup Monday against the Athletics. He'll start in left field and bat sixth in the order.
Impact: Kubel should be in line for increased playing time in the near future, as Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) and Josh Willingham (hand) are currently sidelined with injuries. The Twins also placed Jason Bartlett (ankle) on the DL Monday, and Arcia may be joining him if he's not healthy by Wednesday. He's not the greatest fantasy option, but he should at least see enough at-bats to put up some numbers over the next couple weeks.
News: Herrmann was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Monday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Herrmann will arrive to provide much-needed help in a banged up Twins outfield, as both Josh Willingham (hand) and Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) are on the shelf with injuries. He'll take the roster spot of Jason Bartlett, who was placed on the 15-day DL Monday with a left ankle sprain.
News: Bartlett was placed on the 15-day DL with a left ankle sprain Monday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Bartlett came into Sunday's game to replace Josh Willingham after he was hit in the hand with a pitch, but was removed in favor of Eduardo Escobar in the eighth. The Twins recalled Chris Herrmann to fill the vacancy on their 25-man roster, but the red hot Chris Colabello will get the start in right field Monday.
News: Arcia (wrist) will be examined by team doctors Monday, after which he's hopeful he'll be able to take some swings, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Arcia needs to be ready to play in Wednesday's game if he's going to avoid a trip to the DL, and Monday's examination should provide concrete information on whether this is a possibility. If he's able to take swings free of wrist pain, look for him to return to action Wednesday, but if not, a DL trip should be announced later Monday.
News: Colabello will start in right field Monday against the A's, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Colabello has been the primary DH for the Twins in the early part of the season, but he'll get his first reps in the outfield Monday. If he can prove his defensive capabilities to go along with his hot bat, Colabello could become a fixture in this Twins lineup. He already has 11 RBI in just 24 plate appearances this season.
News: Herrmann will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester, Chris Fee of Sports & Leisure magazine reports.
Impact: It's not clear what corresponding move the Twins will make, but both Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia suffered injuries in the past two days.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Kubel had three hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead Minnesota to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, giving Twins manager Ron Gardenhire his 1,000th career victory.
Impact: Kubel is 5 for 13 (.385) with three RBIs in his first four games.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Gibson limited Cleveland to one run in his season debut and led Minnesota to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, giving Twins manager Ron Gardenhire his 1,000th career victory.
Impact: Gibson allowed three hits in five-plus innings as the Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Indians. Gibson made 10 starts as a rookie last season, and the Twins are counting on the 25-year-old to do more after giving him the fifth spot in the rotation. The right-hander worked around four walks - two in the third, when he escaped a big inning by getting Nick Swisher to ground into a double play.
News: Willingham's X-rays on his left hand came back negative and he is considered day-to-day, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Willingham left Sunday's game after being hit in the hand with a pitch, but it sounds like he avoided anything serious here, as the X-rays didn't show any broken bones. He likely won't miss more than a game or two, at the most.
News: Willingham was removed from Sunday's game after getting hit by a pitch in the hand, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Willingham was replaced in left field by Jason Bartlett and is currently being evaluated by the team's medical staff. An update on his status will likely be provided following Sunday's game.
News: Arcia (wrist) will need to be ready to play by Wednesday if he's going to avoid a trip to the DL, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Impact: Arcia continues to rest and take anti-inflammatories for his ailing wrist, but it appears the Twins plan to place him on the DL if he remains unavailable through Wednesday. The Twins have Tuesday off, so Arcia will have a few days to treat the wrist with the hopes of returning to full strength by the Wednesday deadline. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has stated that he doesn't want to play shorthanded like they had to at times last season, so moving Arcia to the DL would fall right in line with this philosophy.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Pelfrey was awful Friday for the Twins.
Impact: Pelfrey yielded three runs in 5 1-3 innings in his first loss.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Dozier had three hits in Friday's fantasy action.
Impact: Dozier has a paltry .472 OPS.
News: Dozier led off Saturday's game against the Indians with a home run to left. He finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on the day.
Impact: Dozier's 0-for-13 start to the season is beginning to fade from memory, but he did have multiple strikeouts again Saturday. The 26-year-old has struck out nine times in 24 plate appearances thus far.
News: Arcia (wrist) will rest for a couple days, before undergoing an evaluation, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Because the Twins have a day off Tuesday, Arcia's next opportunity to participate in a game will arrive Wednesday versus the Athletics. In the meantime, expect Jason Kubel to cover right field.
News: Gibson gave up one run on three hits and four walks, while striking out three over five innings, en route to a win over the Indians on Saturday.
Impact: While he struggled with his control -- the run against Gibson was scored on a wild pitch -- the right-hander has to be encouraged with this performance, especially after he posted a 6.53 ERA in 10 starts for the big club last season. The 26-year-old allowed four earned runs over 16.1 innings (2.20 ERA) in five appearances (two starts) during spring training.
News: Arcia is out of the lineup Saturday due to a wrist injury, Mike Beradino of the Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: The wrist injury is in the same spot that bothered Arcia last season, so the recurring injury seems to be the culprit behind his 2-for-18 (.111) start this year. He'll likely have some tests, and the club will evaluate him afterward. Consider him day-to-day, but a DL stint is certainly possible, so be prepared for the worst.
News: Colabello was 2 for 5 with two doubles and a career-high six RBIs in Thursday's win over the White Sox.
Impact: Colabello, who is 5 for 10 through his first three games, could be a nice fantasy sleeper.
News: Mauer was 1 for 4 with his first hit of the season in Thursday's win over the White Sox.
Impact: It's a slow start for Mauer, who is 1 for 12 through his first three games. However, he's drawn three walks and is more than capable of a hot stretch at anytime.
News: Willingham was 2 for 3 and scored two runs in Thursday's win over the White Sox.
Impact: Willingham has reached base six times in 13 plate appearances through the first three games, a good sign from a player with a career .360 on-base percentage.
News: Hughes' Twins debut was unimpressive as he allowed four runs and seven hits over five innings of work in Thursday's win over the White Sox.
Impact: Seven strikeouts by Hughes was the one saving grace for fantasy owners in a generally mediocre start.
Kurt Suzuki - #8 - Catcher - 5'11" - 233lbs
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Suzuki had three hits and drove in a run Wednesday in Minnesota's 7-6 loss in 11 innings in Chicago.
Impact: Suzuki is 5 for 10 with four RBIs in his first two games with the Twins.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Plouffe had three hits and drove in three runs in a 7-6 loss in 11 innings in Chicago on Wednesday.
Impact: The Minnesota infielder had two more hits and two more RBIs on Thursday. He's 6 for 13 (.462) in the first three games this season.
Casey Fien - #50 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 205lbs
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Fien returned Sunday.
Impact: Fien had a left ankle contusion.
Michael Tonkin - #59 - Pitcher - 6'7" - 220lbs
Mon. Mar 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Minnesota recalled Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester on Monday.
Impact: Tonkin made nine appearances for the Twins last season and did not have a decision. He gave up six runs - one earned - in 11 1-3 innings.
Brian Duensing - #52 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 205lbs
Mon. Mar 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Duensing was placed on the paternity leave list by the Twins prior to Monday's opener against the White Sox.
Impact: Duensing's wife, Lisa, gave birth to a boy named Boston Matthew Duensing in Omaha. It was the second child for the couple.