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  • Mitch Garver Removed From Monday's Game

    Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver (knee) was lifted early during Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox. He fouled a ball off his right knee and initially stayed in the game. However, he was removed before the start of the fourth inning due to a knee contusion. This sounds like a day-to-day type of issue, so he could sit out for possibly a game or two. Willians Astudillo subbed into the game for Garver on Monday. He'll likely be asked to make a start or two behind the plate, assuming Garver misses time.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Twins Mitch Garver
  • Max Kepler Not Expected To Require Injured List Stint

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (hamstring) is not expected to be sidelined with an injured list stint. Kepler tweaked his hamstring during Sunday's game and is set to miss Monday's contest- though manager Rocco Baldelli said that the injured list is not in the team's plans for the veteran outfielder but that Kepler "may need a little time" before starting again. It sounds more like a day-to-day issue, though fantasy managers will want to keep their eyes on any updates given how the injury bug has bitten the Twins this year.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Twins Max Kepler
  • Willians Astudillo Available Off Bench Monday

    Minnesota Twins utility Willians Astudillo (hand) is not in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the White Sox but is available off the bench. Astudillo was hit on the hand by a pitch and had to leave Sunday's game early after experiencing swelling, though the team said it improved from yesterday. That he's potentially able to come off the bench suggests that he could return to action soon. Astudillo owns one of the best contact rates in the majors and is batting .312 through 27 games played.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Twins Willians Astudillo
  • Alex Kirilloff Expected To Begin Rehab Assignment This Week

    Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff (wrist) was able to take batting practice Monday and is slated to begin a rehab assignment with the Triple-A St. Paul Saints sometime this week. Kirilloff received a cortisone shot a little over a week ago for his sprained wrist- and has gradually increased his activity, progressing from dry swings to batting practice. Manager Rocco Baldelli said that the Twins will continue to evaluate the talented prospect's wrist but that "he looked pretty good" and that it "puts the team in a good spot moving forward." It's too soon to say anything definite, though it appears that Kirilloff has avoided the long-term absence that was initially viewed as a possibility. Fantasy managers should stay tuned for more updates to see how he responds to game action, though he's certainly trending in the right direction.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Max Kepler Absent From Monday's Lineup

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox. Kepler tweaked his hamstring late during Sunday's game- though manager Rocco Baldelli said that the veteran outfielder tested it out running, but that the team didn't think he'd be able to go at full speed if he had to. The Twins reportedly view the injury as a mild one, per Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 Saint Paul, though it will cost him one game. Rob Refsnyder will get the start in center field and bat sixth.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Twins Max Kepler
  • Trevor Larnach Collects Three Hits Sunday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach went 3-for-5 with a run scored in a 7-6 loss to the Athletics. Larnach did strike out twice but rapped a trio of singles for the first multi-hit game of his career. The 24-year-old is now 5-for-20 since being called up from the minors. Larnach's presence in the lineup potentially became even more important on Sunday with Max Kepler (hamstring) tweaking his hamstring while running the bases. There should be no shortage of at-bats for him moving forward.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Twins Trevor Larnach
  • Andrelton Simmons Swats Second Homer

    Minnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons came up big for his team in a key situation during Sunday's loss to the Athletics. Simmons stepped up to the plate with one man on and his team down two in the eighth inning- and belted a game-tying homer on the first pitch of the at-bat. It was just his second long ball of the season, as the defensive-minded shortstop owns a .695 OPS in 2021. Simmons should only be considered for fantasy purposes in deeper points formats, though there are likely better options available at the shortstop position.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Twins Andrelton Simmons
  • Max Kepler Drives In Four, Tweaks Hamstring Late

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (hamstring) went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, and four RBI in Sunday's loss to Oakland. Kepler served as an excellent run-producer for Minnesota, belting a three-run homer in the second inning, then lofting a sacrifice fly in the third. He later doubled and scored a run. Manager Rocco Baldelli said that the 28-year-old tweaked his hamstring while running the bases late in the game- and that he's being evaluated. A potential injury couldn't come at a worse time for both the Twins, who are already short on outfielders and Kepler, who has hit four homers in May after not hitting one for all of April. The Twins should provide another update on the status of Kepler.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Twins Max Kepler
  • Taylor Rogers Charged With The Loss Sunday

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers was saddled with his second loss of the season in Sunday's defeat at the hands of the Athletics. Rogers entered with the game tied in the ninth, getting a strikeout before surrendering a single to Ramon Laureano. Laureano moved to second on a fielder's choice, then advanced to third on a throwing error by Josh Donaldson, ultimately scoring the go-ahead run when Rogers hurled a wild pitch on a strikeout. After 9 1/3 scoreless innings to start the season, Rogers has allowed a run to cross the plate, whether earned or unearned, in four of his last five appearances. The southpaw's stock appears to be trending downward with Alex Colome turning his season around and Hansel Robles seeing the Twins' most recent save chance.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Twins Taylor Rogers
  • Kenta Maeda Dealing With Groin Tightness

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda was so-so in a no-decision against the Athletics on Sunday. Maeda pitched four innings, allowing five runs- three earned- on eight hits while fanning two batters with one walk. The veteran right-hander was solid through four frames and appeared to be headed towards a win, though he fell apart in the fifth inning, allowing four straight hits and a run before he was yanked. Manager Rocco Baldelli said that Maeda was dealing with a groin issue on Sunday and that he's getting treatment for it. It's not clear how much the issue had to do with his results, though his outing was a step back after two relatively solid ones. Perhaps the most concerning thing about Maeda's profile is his significant drop in strikeout rate- 20.5 percent in 2021- which would be the lowest mark of his career. Maeda has the talent to bounce back, but a groin injury would undoubtedly be a roadblock in his potential return to form.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Twins Kenta Maeda
  • Max Kepler Injured On Sunday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (hamstring) was injured during Sunday's matchup against Oakland. The 28-year-old will likely have more testing done sometime on Monday, with a trip to the 10-day injured list a realistic possibility. However, with Kepler batting just .198 this season throughout 96 at-bats, fantasy managers outside of dynasty formats shouldn't lose any sleep by dropping him.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Twins Max Kepler
  • Willians Astudillo Exits Early On Sunday

    Minnesota Twins catcher Willians Astudillo (hand) was yanked early from Sunday's contest against the Athletics. Astudillo was hit by a pinch and is now considered day-to-day moving ahead. The 29-year-old is sporting a .316 average to go along with 11 RBI and three home runs this season. He is someone fantasy managers should keep an eye on, especially if he continues to get consistent playing time.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Twins Willians Astudillo
  • Alex Kirilloff Takes BP, To Make Descision On Treatment Soon

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff (wrist) took batting practice in the cage on Sunday and expects to take batting practice on the field on Monday, according to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. Kirilloff says that he expects he'll know within the week whether he'll be able to play through the injury, and that the decision will likely be made whether to undergo surgery or to progress to a rehab assignment. He has been out since the beginning of the month dealing with soreness in his wrist, and has already received a cortisone shot for the ailment. In the first 12 games of his career, Kirilloff made a splash by launching four home runs, as he is slashing .214/.227/.571 on the season.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Willians Astudillo Behind The Plate Sunday

    Minnesota Twins utility Willians Astudillo will be behind the plate as the team's catcher for Sunday's game against the Athletics. Astudillo has filled in at catcher as a defensive replacement this year, though this will be his first start of the season as the backstop. The 29-year-old is batting .316 with three homers and 11 RBI this season. He'll bat eighth against Athletics' right-hander Chris Bassitt.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Twins Willians Astudillo
  • Miguel Sano Hits Go-Ahead Three-Run Homer

    Minnesota Twins first/third baseman Miguel Sano went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's win over Oakland. Sano took Jake Diekman deep on a 1-1 fastball to give the Twins a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning, effectively winning the game for his team. The homer was his third of the year. Arguably no one on the Twins' roster needed that moment more than Sano, who was in the midst of a 3-for-22 slump at the plate. The underlying numbers don't exactly point to Sano suddenly mashing homers left and right- though he's always had the talent and ability, so he might be worth monitoring if he was dropped in any formats.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Twins Miguel Sano
  • Hansel Robles Notches First Save

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Hansel Robles had his first save opportunity of the year and shut the door on the Athletics in a 5-4 win Saturday. Robles did surrender a hit but fanned two batters in the ninth inning, touching 98.1 MPH with his fastball at one point and generating three whiffs with the offering. The 30-year-old lowered his ERA and WHIP to 3.45 and 1.02, respectively, and could find himself with more save chances moving forward, especially if manager Rocco Baldelli doesn't feel confident enough in Taylor Rogers or Alex Colome. Robles is worth rostering even without save opportunities, given that he's picked up seven holds this season for Minnesota.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Twins Hansel Robles
  • Alex Colome Picks Up Win

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Alex Colome picked up his second win of the season in a 5-4 defeat of the Athletics on Saturday. Colome entered the game in the eighth inning, pitching a scoreless frame with a strikeout, and was the pitcher of record when Miguel Sano swatted a three-run homer to give the Twins the lead. The veteran reliever has turned his season around in May, logging six scoreless innings with a 5:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a .105 batting average against. Colome seems like he's back in the running for save chances, especially considering Taylor Rogers' shaky performances as the closer.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Colome
  • Jose Berrios Allows Four Runs In No-Decision

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios didn't have his best stuff in Saturday's no-decision against the Athletics. Berrios pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while fanning six batters. Despite the relatively rough line, the 26-year-old gave the Twins length, as his seven innings were the longest he'd gone in a start all season. Berrios' fastball was hit hard, as evidenced by its 97.3 MPH average exit velocity against- and he wasn't missing as many bats as he's capable of. He still owns a 3.74 ERA after the so-so outing and will carry a 49:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio into his next start against the Angels on May 20.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Twins Jose Berrios
  • Luis Arraez Gets A Day Off Saturday

    Minnesota Twins utility Luis Arraez is not in the lineup for the contest against the Athletics as he gets the day off Saturday. Arraez has appeared in all four games since returning from a concussion, going 4-for-17 with three RBI. The newly-called up Rob Refsnyder will start in left field and bat sixth against Athletics' left-hander Cole Irvin.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Twins Luis Arraez
  • Jake Cave Placed On 60-Day Injured List

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Jake Cave (back) was placed on the 60-day injured list on Saturday. Cave was unavailable for Friday's game and will now be forced to miss much more time than that with a fracture in his back. Manager Rocco Baldelli said that the 28-year-old had been playing through back soreness and that it felt like he would "throw his back out." Baldelli noted that Cave re-aggravated the issue during a game against the White Sox. The Twins have called up infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder to take Cave's place on the roster. Refsnyder is a utility bat with good career numbers against lefties, though he has no center field experience in the majors. Max Kepler figures to see the most time in center- Trevor Larnach and Kyle Garlick should see added time at the corner outfield spots along with Luis Arraez.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Twins Jake Cave
  • Jake Cave Dealing With Back Injury

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Jake Cave (back) is dealing with a stress reaction in his lower back. Cave was unavailable on Friday night and will be re-evaluated on Saturday- though it certainly sounds like a stint on the injured list could be in the cards. The veteran outfielder has posted a .501 OPS with a 35:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 games this season. If Cave is forced to miss time, it could mean more starts in center field for Max Kepler and more opportunities for Trevor Larnach at the corner outfield spots. The Twins could also opt to call someone up from Triple-A for added bench depth.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Twins Jake Cave
  • Josh Donaldson Swats Fourth Homer

    Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Athletics. Donaldson supplied the only offense of the night with the Twins' bats going quiet- as he belted a solo shot off of Frankie Montas in the sixth inning. The homer traveled 381 feet at an exit velocity of 104 MPH, one of two batted balls that was hit 100 MPH or harder by the veteran third baseman. Donaldson is slashing .279/.364/.488 with four homers and 14 RBI and is on-pace for the lowest strikeout rate of his career. He's hitting the ball harder than ever and could be on the verge of one of his finest big league seasons, so long as he stays healthy.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Twins Josh Donaldson
  • Matt Shoemaker Surrenders Five Earned Runs In Loss

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker took his fourth loss of the season in Friday's 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Athletics. Shoemaker pitched six innings but gave up five earned runs on five hits, striking out four while walking a pair. The nine-year veteran made it through four frames relatively unscathed but allowed a pair of two-run homers in the fifth and sixth. Shoemaker now owns a 6.62 ERA and is allowing a career-worst 2.6 home runs per nine innings. Given his injury history, it's not out of the question to suspect there's an underlying issue- though whether it's injury or ineffectiveness, he could soon find himself out of the rotation if he doesn't begin to put together some more consistent results. Shoemaker shouldn't be started in any formats in his next outing against the White Sox.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Twins Matt Shoemaker
  • Mitch Garver Gets The Day Off Friday

    Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver is getting a breather on Friday and won't be in the lineup for the first game of the series against the Athletics. Garver was behind the plate for each of the past two games, going 2-for-8 with a run scored. Benjamin Rortvedt will serve as the backstop and bat ninth.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Twins Mitch Garver
  • Andrelton Simmons Back In The Lineup Friday

    Minnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is back in the lineup for Friday's series opener against Oakland. Simmons sat out a game with inflammation in his right ankle, though it was never regarded as a serious issue. He'll resume his usual position as the starting shortstop and will bat eighth against Frankie Montas. Simmons is batting .241 with 10 runs scored and a 17:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Twins Andrelton Simmons
  • Miguel Sano On The Bench Again Friday

    Minnesota Twins first/third baseman Miguel Sano is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Athletics. Sano has now been out of the lineup for three of the last four games, as he is in the middle of a slump that has seen him produce just three hits in 21 at-bats in May. The slugger is certainly entering 'drop' territory in some shallow formats- and perhaps some deeper ones as well- as he is currently on-pace for career-worst numbers in average exit velocity, barrel rate, hard-hit rate, and expected slugging percentage. Sano may continue to lose playing time until he picks up his performance at the dish. Willians Astudillo will start at first base and bat sixth against Athletics' righty Frankie Montas.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Twins Miguel Sano
  • Alex Kirilloff Taking Grounders Friday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff (wrist) was on the field taking grounders during warmups ahead of Friday's game against the Athletics. Manager Rocco Baldelli also noted that Kirilloff has progressed to taking dry swings. There is still no timetable for the talented prospect's return to action, though it would certainly be a good sign if he can progress through activities such as these without setbacks. If that's the case, then perhaps the wrist issue is one that Kirilloff can manage without surgery, meaning his return to action could be shortly after he's eligible to come off the injured list. Fantasy managers should stay tuned for updates on Kirilloff's progress and a potential timetable for his return.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Max Kepler Goes Yard Thursday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the White Sox. Kepler's homer was a line-drive missile into the stands, as it registered a game-high exit velocity of 110.2 MPH. The 28-year-old went through April without homering but has left the yard three times in May, all while increasing his average exit velocity and barrel rate. He may not approach the power numbers he posted in 2019, though it seems like Kepler has found his home run stroke- and fantasy managers should enjoy the benefits.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Max Kepler
  • Michael Pineda Fans Seven In Loss

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda was solid despite being charged with the loss against the White Sox. Pineda pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits while fanning seven batters compared to three walks. The veteran right-hander was a bit erratic at times- though he was still able to limit the damage on the scoreboard. Pineda has pitched at least five innings and allowed three runs or less in each of his last three starts, though he's allowed a long ball in each of them as well. Despite the home run troubles, Pineda has been a serviceable back-end starter for fantasy managers in all formats- and will look to continue pitching well in his next outing, a rematch against the White Sox.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Michael Pineda
  • Miguel Sano Sitting On Thursday

    Minnesota Twins first/third baseman Miguel Sano is taking a seat on the bench for Thursday's game against the White Sox. Sano is not in the lineup for the second time in three games amidst a 3-for-21 slide with 11 strikeouts in May. The slugger is generally streaky at the dish, though it's concerning to see his expected slugging percentage and barrel rate at career-low marks. The Twins will likely continue to exercise patience with Sano, though it could soon be running thin, as beat writer Aaron Gleeman pointed out. As for Thursday, Willians Astudillo will start at first base and bat eighth.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Miguel Sano
  • Andrelton Simmons Absent From Thursday's Lineup

    Minnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is absent from the lineup for Thursday's contest against the White Sox. Simmons is dealing with swelling in his right ankle, an issue that reportedly popped up during Tuesday's game while he was sliding into a base- and forced him out of Wednesday's game early. Jorge Polanco will get the start at short and bat third against Lance Lynn.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Andrelton Simmons
  • Trevor Larnach Collects First Major League Hit

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach notched the first hit of his Major League career in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox. Larnach stepped up to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth inning- and ripped a double off of White Sox closer Liam Hendriks. The first hit of his career was no cheap one either, as it registered an exit velocity of 104.3 MPH and an expected batting average of .650. Larnach should see additional playing time at the corner outfield spots with Jake Cave and Max Kepler filling in for Byron Buxton (hip) in center. Larnach projects as a plus with his bat, as he hit .306 with 20 homers and a .857 OPS in three minor league seasons.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Trevor Larnach
  • Luis Arraez Scores And Drives In A Pair Wednesday

    Minnesota Twins utility Luis Arraez had a productive day at the dish despite his team's loss to the White Sox on Wednesday. Arraez collected a pair of hits, runs scored, and RBI in the 13-8 loss. The 24-year-old now has three hits since returning from a concussion- and he is technically riding a four-game hitting streak with four RB in that same span. Arraez ranks in the top five percent of the league in both expected batting average and strikeout rate- and his ability to hit the ball to all fields makes him a tough out at the dish. He is an underrated fantasy baseball asset, especially in points leagues.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Luis Arraez
  • Jorge Polanco Collects Fourth Straight Multi-Hit Game

    Minnesota Twins second baseman/shortstop Jorge Polanco went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's defeat at the hands of the White Sox. Polanco singled in the second inning, then rapped another base hit for an RBI in the sixth. The switch-hitting infielder now has nine hits, four of them for extra bases, in his last four contests and is batting .375 in May. After a slow start to the season, his bat has come alive as of late- and he makes for a good waiver wire add in leagues where he's available, as he is eligible at second base and shortstop in some formats. Polanco could get a start at short on Thursday with Andrelton Simmons (ankle) nursing a sore ankle.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Nelson Cruz Goes Yard Wednesday

    Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz collected his ninth home run of the season in Wednesday's 13-8 loss to the White Sox. Cruz got every bit of a Dallas Keuchel fastball in his first at-bat of the game, sending it 423 feet into the left-center seats at an exit velocity of 106.7 MPH. Wednesday's game marked the veteran slugger's third straight multi-hit game, raising his season average to .303. Cruz continues to destroy baseballs, as three of his batted balls from the contest registered exit velocities of 106 MPH or greater. He'll look to stay hot on Thursday against Lance Lynn, who has been one of the better right-handed pitchers in the game this season.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Nelson Cruz
  • Josh Donaldson Drives In Three

    Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Wednesday's 13-8 loss to the White Sox. Donaldson brought the Twins right back into the game with his two-run single in the third inning, then later added another RBI with the game out of hand. Two of his three batted balls on the day registered exit velocities of 95 MPH or greater, as the veteran third baseman continues to smoke the ball in 2021. Donaldson now has seven hits in his last four games- three of them for extra bases, and he has six RBI in that span. He'll get a tough matchup on Thursday against right-hander Lance Lynn, whose 2.30 expected ERA lines up pretty well with his actual 1.52 mark.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Josh Donaldson
  • Alex Colome Works Another Scoreless Frame

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Alex Colome pitched a scoreless frame in a losing effort to the White Sox on Wednesday. Colome hasn't garnered a save chance since being demoted to lower leverage situations, though he has pitched quite nicely. He has yet to allow a run in five innings of work in May with a 4:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Colome has likely worked himself back into manager Rocco Baldelli's good graces, though it will still be interesting to see who he turns to in the next Twins' save chance. It will likely be a near-even split in the ninth inning between Colome and Taylor Rogers moving forward.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Colome
  • J.A. Happ Shelled In Loss To White Sox

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher J.A. Happ had his worst outing of the season in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox. Happ pitched just 3 1/3 innings, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits while striking out three batters compared to a pair of walks. The White Sox jumped on him from the beginning, scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two frames, then blowing the game open with a five-run inning in the bottom of the fourth. The performance raised his season ERA to 4.26, which doesn't sound too bad, though the underlying metrics, such as his career-worst marks in barrel rate, hard-hit rate, and strikeout rate, aren't particularly reassuring. Happ will have his moments as a back-end starter for Minnesota, though he's probably more of a streamer at this point in his career.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins J.A. Happ
  • Andrelton Simmons Dealing With Ankle Inflammation

    Minnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox with right ankle inflammation. Jake Cave came on to replace Simmons in the sixth inning of the game after Simmons had gone 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Simmons is being considered day-to-day and it doesn't appear as if the team is very concerned about the injury. While he may sit out Thursday's afternoon game as a precaution, he could very well be back for Friday's series opener against the Oakland Athletics.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Twins Andrelton Simmons
  • Byron Buxton Expected To Hit In Cage Thursday Or Friday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (hip) is expected to begin hitting in the cage on Thursday or Friday. Buxton was also cleared to throw and work with the strength and conditioning staff. Given that his timetable for a return was initially seen as "weeks" away, the star outfielder isn't close to being activated, though it is nice to see him taking some steps forward. Fantasy managers will hope that Buxton can progress through his recovery from the hip strain quickly, as he was vastly outplaying his ADP before the injury with a .370/.408/.772 slash line along with nine homers and five stolen bases.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Twins Byron Buxton
  • Alex Kirilloff Cleared For Weight Room Activities

    Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff (wrist) has been cleared for weight room activities. It's clearly a good sign that he'll be allowed to lift weights, though a clearer picture of his availability for game action won't arrive until he attempts to swing a bat, which he is expected to do when the Twins return to Target Field this weekend. Kirilloff had clubbed four homers in three contests- and was working on a seven-game hitting streak before his wrist injury. Fantasy managers should stay tuned for updates on Kirilloff's health over the weekend, though it might be a good idea to have a contingency plan in place should the talented prospect require surgery.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Devin Smeltzer Placed On Injured List With Elbow Inflammation

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Devin Smeltzer (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with left elbow inflammation, according to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. Smeltzer had made only one appearance so far this year, tossing 4 2/3 innings of relief against the Pirates on April 24. With Smeltzer out, the Twins have recalled Shaun Anderson to take his place. For now, neither Smeltzer nor Anderson should be considered as viable options in fantasy.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Twins Devin Smeltzer
  • Luis Arraez Collects RBI In Return From Injury

    Minnesota Twins utility Luis Arraez collected an RBI in a 9-3 loss to the White Sox. Arraez was activated off the injured list after dealing with a concussion- and he returned to his spot atop the lineup as the leadoff hitter. The 24-year-old has a .302 expected batting average, has posted the highest line-drive rate of his career, and actually has room for improvement in his contact rate, a statistic he has consistently posted 90 percent-or-greater rates in. Arraez is a good bet to hit .300 for the season and will have some sneaky good value in OBP leagues, as well as strong returns in points formats.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Twins Luis Arraez
  • Jorge Polanco Stays Hot In Tuesday's Loss

    Minnesota Twins second baseman/shortstop Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox. Polanco turned on a Dylan Cease fastball in the second inning, pulling it into the right-field seats at an exit velocity of 106 MPH. He later singled, another ball that traveled 95 MPH or greater, as he continues to hit the ball hard lately. The 27-year-old has three straight multi-hit games- and an extra-base hit in each of those contests, including two long balls. Generally better against right-handed pitching in his career, Polanco actually owns a superior OPS versus southpaws in 2021. This could be great news for his value if he can maintain some of that success while lifting his performance against righties. At any rate, Polanco is seeing the ball well right now and is a savvy pickup in leagues where he was dropped.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Nelson Cruz Goes 2-For-5 On Tuesday

    Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles in Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. It was his second-straight two-hit game. Cruz has been getting on base at a decent clip so far this month with a .293 on-base percentage, but he's slugging just .316 through May and only has one extra-base hit, a home run, over nine games. His season-long numbers still look strong as he has slashed .298/.352/.544 with eight home runs and 21 RBI over 32 games. Look for his May power numbers to start popping up soon.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Twins Nelson Cruz
  • Kenta Maeda Allows Three Runs In No-Decision

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda pitched five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while fanning three batters in Tuesday's no-decision. Maeda's troubles with the long-ball persisted as he surrendered a three-run blast to Yasmani Grandal. The veteran right-hander did induce 10 whiffs, but the spin rates on his breaking pitches were down Tuesday night- and he allowed a 93.1 MPH average exit velocity. It was still encouraging to see Maeda limit the damage against a potent lineup, though he still has yet to live up to his lofty ADP in 2021. His next start will come on May 16 against the Athletics, who tagged him for seven earned runs earlier this season.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Twins Kenta Maeda
  • Miguel Sano Gets Day Off

    Minnesota Twins first baseman/third baseman Miguel Sano is getting the day off on Sunday. Sano is 3-for-17 with an RBI and a 9:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in four games since returning from the injured list. Willians Astudillo will start at first base and bat sixth against Tigers' southpaw Matthew Boyd. Astudillo is currently riding a five-game hitting streak with two home runs in that span.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Twins Miguel Sano
  • Mitch Garver Back In Lineup Sunday

    Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver (shoulder) is back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers. Garver sat out a game due to shoulder soreness but is good to go for the series finale against Detroit. The veteran backstop has seven hits and four home runs in his last 22 at-bats and will bat cleanup against Tigers' left-hander Matthew Boyd.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Twins Mitch Garver
  • Jorge Polanco Heating Up At The Dish

    Minnesota Twins second baseman/shortstop Jorge Polanco is heating up at the plate. Polanco has compiled five hits- three of them for extra bases- in his last two contests and has recorded four combined runs scored and RBI in that span. Three of his batted balls have traveled at exit velocities of 100 MPH or greater- and he has already recorded more barrels than he did in the 2020 season. Polanco spoke recently about how he feels healthy and comfortable at the plate after a couple of years of ankle injuries messed with his mechanics. His recent output at the dish supports that sentiment, as he looks like he'll smash his 236 ADP with good health on his side.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Josh Donaldson Supplies Offense Saturday

    Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson provided the offense for his team in a 7-3 loss to the Tigers on Saturday. Donaldson went 2-for-4 with three RBI, a walk, and a run scored. The veteran third baseman tied the game in the fifth inning with a two-run blast off of Jose Urena, which traveled 425 feet at an exit velocity of 113.1 MPH. Donaldson later delivered an RBI double in the top of the eighth inning. He's now batting .290 with a .882 OPS and three homers and ranks in the 90th-percentile or better in hard-hit rate, expected batting average, and expected slugging percentage.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Josh Donaldson
  • Jose Berrios Notches Quality Start

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios recorded his second quality start of the season in a no-decision against the Tigers on Saturday. Berrios tossed six innings of two-run ball, surrendering six hits and five walks while fanning just one batter. He clearly didn't have his best control, as he fell behind in the count to 13 of the hitters he faced. Berrios's five free passes were the most he's allowed in a game this season, though he was still able to keep runs off the board, despite the traffic on the basepaths. Berrios owns a 3.49 ERA through 38 2/3 innings pitched and will take on an Athletics team that he held to one run over five innings on April 20.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Jose Berrios
  • Alex Kirilloff To Test Wrist Soon, Surgery A Potential Option

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff (wrist) is expected to test his sprained right wrist by swinging a bat within the next few days, according to Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic. Kirilloff received a cortisone shot in his wrist on Friday, and if there is no issue when he starts swinging, he could be back in action sooner than later. However, manager Rocco Baldelli said, "If it's an unplayable situation for Alex, I think having surgery is an option." Managers will hold their breath over the next few days and hope for the best for the highly-touted prospect, who is slashing .214/.227/.571 with four home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored in 12 games this season. Managers should monitor this situation closely over the next few days.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Trevor Larnach To Make MLB Debut Saturday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach is in the starting lineup on Saturday for his major league debut against the Tigers. Larnach will get the start in left field and bat fifth against Detroit starter Jose Urena, after joining the team this week following the placement of Byron Buxton on the injured list. The Twins' first round pick in the 2018 draft, Larnach has a career .306/.384/.473 triple-slash line over three year in the minors, and through three games at Triple-A St. Paul this season he is hitting 3-for-13 with two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Trevor Larnach
  • Miguel Sano Collects RBI On Friday

    Minnesota Twins first/third baseman Miguel Sano recorded an RBI single, a run scored, and a walk in Friday's defeat of the Tigers. Sano registered two batted balls of 95-MPH or greater in his at-bats on Friday, including a 99.9 MPH single in the top of the ninth inning for an insurance run. Sano has two hits and a pair of walks since returning from the injured list on May 5 and will get a favorable matchup against Tigers' right-hander Jose Urena on Saturday. Urena has allowed a career-worst 45.2 percent hard-hit rate this year.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Miguel Sano
  • Mitch Garver Expected To Be Fine After Leaving Friday's Game Early

    Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver (shoulder) was forced to leave Friday's game early with an apparent shoulder injury. Manager Rocco Baldelli said that the veteran backstop had to stay loose during the multiple rain delays in the game, which could have contributed to the soreness in his shoulder. Baldelli added that Garver should be fine in a couple of days and could even be available for Saturday's game against the Tigers. For now, it's a safe bet to assume that the Twins will take a cautious approach with Garver, so fantasy managers should plan to be without his services on Saturday.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Mitch Garver
  • Kyle Garlick Swats First Homer Of Season

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Kyle Garlick went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a double in a 7-3 defeat of the Tigers on Friday night. With left-hander Tarik Skubal on the mound for Detroit, manager Rocco Baldelli decided to change things up and slotted Garlick into the leadoff spot for the first time this season. The results were strong, as the California native extended his hitting streak to three games- and collected his fourth extra-base hit in that span. Garlick's presence will be even more important for a Twins lineup that lost some serious muscle with Byron Buxton's placement on the 10-day injured list.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Kyle Garlick
  • Max Kepler Goes Yard For Second Consecutive Game

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler homered for the second consecutive game in Friday's victory over the Tigers. Kepler also added an RBI single and a walk. The German outfielder got every bit of a Daniel Norris fastball in the eighth inning, sending it 422 feet into the right-field seats at an exit velocity of 105.7 MPH for his second long ball in as many days. Over his last two games, Kepler has recorded a trio of runs, hits, and RBI, along with two walks. The power is starting to come back, as he has registered launch angles of 28 degrees on each of his home runs, which is an excellent sign for his fantasy managers moving forward. Kepler has been hitting the ball hard lately and matches up well with Saturday's scheduled starter, Jose Urena, who has allowed a career-worst 45.2 percent hard-hit rate.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Max Kepler
  • Jorge Polanco Homers In Win Over Tigers

    Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, two RBI, and a pair of walks in a 7-3 victory over Detroit. Polanco was a tough out on Friday night, as he reached base safely in four of his five trips to the plate. His home run, which traveled 375 feet at an exit velocity of 100.3 MPH, was his second of the year. The 27-year-old is 7-for-22 with five extra-base hits and four RBI over the last week of play, as he has really started to get going at the plate. Polanco will face a right-hander, Jose Urena, on Saturday, which gives him a platoon advantage and a great chance to continue his recent success at the dish.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Matt Shoemaker Bounces Back In Victory

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker rebounded from one of the worst outings of his career in his last time out on Friday night in a win over the Tigers. Shoemaker pitched five shutout innings, allowing four hits and a pair of walks while fanning five batters en route to his second win of the season. The veteran righty earned a 30 percent CSW and four of his five putaway pitches were of the offspeed variety, as his slider and splitter were quite effective. Shoemaker's performance has to be put in perspective, given that the Tigers have one of the weaker lineups in baseball. Nevertheless, it was an impressive performance by the 34-year-old, but he'll get a considerably tougher matchup in his next start against the White Sox, who rank 10th in the league in OPS.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Twins Matt Shoemaker
  • Alex Kirilloff Receives Cortisone Injection In Wrist

    Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff (wrist) received a cortisone injection in his sprained right wrist on Friday. Kirilloff sought a second opinion on the injury from Dr. Thomas Graham, who has dealt with the ailment fairly often. Manager Rocco Baldelli said that "sometimes guys can play with the injury and sometimes they can't"- the Twins will be hoping that the cortisone shot allows the talented prospect to do the former rather than the latter. If he manages the issue well, he could return shortly after his 10 days on the injured list are up. If not, Miguel Sano should continue to see plenty of time at first base in Kirilloff's absence- and prospect Trevor Larnach should also see added playing time in the outfield.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Luis Arraez's Concussion Symptoms Have Subsided

    Minnesota Twins utility manLuis Arraez (concussion) is no longer experiencing concussion symptoms. Arraez has yet to resume baseball activities but has been moving around, and the Twins expect him to return when the seven days are up, or shortly after that. The 24-year-old would be welcomed back to the lineup with open arms given the injuries to Byron Buxton (hip) and Alex Kirilloff (wrist). Arraez is batting .291 with a .398 on-base percentage in 25 games for the Twins in 2021.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Twins Luis Arraez
  • Mitch Garver Back Behind The Plate Friday

    Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver is back behind the plate for Friday's game against the Tigers. Garver was given a breather on Thursday but will be batting fourth against Tigers' left-hander Tarik Skubal in the opening game of the series. It's a good matchup for the veteran backstop, who has homered once off of Skubal in his career- and has two long balls in his last four games.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Twins Mitch Garver
  • Twins Call Up Trevor Larnach

    The Minnesota Twins called up outfielder Trevor Larnach, the team's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, on Friday after Byron Buxton (hip) landed on the injured list with a hip strain. Larnach will be making his MLB debut after going 3-for-13 (.231) with four RBI, including home runs in each of his last two games, for Triple-A St. Paul. He hit .309 (147-for-476) with 30 doubles, 13 home runs and an .842 OPS in 127 games with High-A Fort Myers and Double-A Pensacola in 2019. The No. 69 overall prospect in baseball was the 20th overall pick in 2018 out of Oregon State and could see regular playing time with both Buxton and fellow prospect Alex Kirilloff sidelined. Left-hander Brandon Waddell was designated for assignment to make room for Larnach on the roster. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter is absolutely worth a speculative pickup off the waiver wire if you need outfield help.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Twins Trevor Larnach
  • Byron Buxton Placed On 10-Day Injured List

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton(hip) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 hip strain. Buxton was forced to leave Thursday's contest after pulling up with a limp while trying to beat out a grounder at first base and will now have to miss extended time due to the ailment. Manager Rocco Baldelli indicated that the star outfielder is expected to be sidelined for longer than 10 days and more like "weeks," which is a pretty grim assessment for both the Twins and Buxton's fantasy managers. Buxton has raced out of the gate to the tune of a 1.180 OPS with nine homers and five stolen bases, though his injury history has reared its ugly head multiple times this season, with this hip strain expected to be his most lengthy absence so far. The Twins have called up Trevor Larnach in a corresponding roster move.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Twins Byron Buxton
  • Taylor Rogers Fans Four Rangers

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers was lights-out in a non-save situation on Thursday, despite his team's loss. Rogers entered the game in the top of the eighth inning and proceeded to strike out each of the four batters he faced on just 15 pitches. The southpaw threw 13 of those pitches for strikes and generated five whiffs, four of them on his slider. After a couple of shaky outings, Rogers seemed to get back on track with Thursday's outing- and remains very much in the mix for saves in the Minnesota bullpen. He owns a 2.77 ERA and a 17:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 13 innings pitched.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Taylor Rogers
  • Michael Pineda Records Quality Start Thursday

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda notched his third quality start of the season despite a no-decision on Thursday. Pineda pitched six innings, allowing a pair of runs on six hits while fanning five batters compared to one walk. The 32-year-old ran into trouble in the second inning, surrendering a home run to Joey Gallo and an RBI single to Isiah Kiner-Falefa, but settled in to toss four scoreless frames the rest of the way. Pineda didn't miss many bats, but he did generate seven whiffs on his slider and totaled 18 called strikes. He left the game in line for the win, but the Twins' bullpen cost him a victory for the second time this season. Pineda will carry a 2.43 ERA and 32:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 33 1/3 innings into his next outing against the White Sox, scheduled for May 12.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Michael Pineda
  • Nick Gordon Steals A Pair Of Bases In Debut

    Minnesota Twins infielder Nick Gordon went 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases in his big-league debut Thursday. Gordon walked in his first at-bat, stole second base, then singled in his next at-bat, stealing second on an Andrelton Simmons strikeout. The 25-year-old flashed some base-stealing potential in the minors, though it was great to see him being so aggressive on the basepaths in his first taste of big-league action. Gordon is likely to get his fair share of opportunities over the next week with Luis Arraez, Alex Kirilloff, and Byron Buxton banged up.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Nick Gordon
  • Willians Astudillo Drives In A Pair Thursday

    Minnesota Twins utility Willians Astudillo had a three-hit day and drove in a pair of runs in a losing effort to the Rangers on Thursday. Astudillo gave the Twins the lead with a two-run single in the third inning, then collected two more base hits for his fourth multi-hit game of the season. The versatile 29-year-old is now batting .313 this season, and his superb 94.3 percent contact rate supports such production, though Statcast expects some regression to the career mean. Still, Astudillo will be as important a player as ever for the Twins, with Luis Arraez, Alex Kirilloff, and Byron Buxton all banged up.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Willians Astudillo
  • Max Kepler Hits First Homer Of Season

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, a pair of runs scored, and a walk in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. Kepler had gone 19 games without homering before ripping a Jordan Lyles fastball 416 feet into the right-field seats at an exit velocity of 107.4 MPH. The German outfielder now has three hits and a stolen base since returning from the COVID-19 injured list- and perhaps the homer is a sign of good things to come for Kepler at the plate moving forward.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Max Kepler
  • Byron Buxton Day-To-Day With Hip Strain

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (hip) is day-to-day with a hip strain, according to Dan Hayes of MLB.com. Buxton was replaced on defense in the top of the 10th inning after he was seen pulling up short on ground outs in his last two at-bats. Managers should remain cautiously optimistic that this will be a short-term issue for Buxton, but given his injury history it's not uncalled for to have some concern over how long this will affect him.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Byron Buxton
  • Byron Buxton Exits Early On Thursday Afternoon

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was replaced on defense in the 10th inning of Thursday's game after he was seen pulling up short while trying to beat out an infield single, according to Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic. MLB.com's Do-Hyoung Park adds that Buxton was seen slowing up while running to first on a ground out in the seventh inning. This does not look like good news for the oft-injured outfielder, who is in the midst of a hot start to the year in which he is slashing .379/.419/.805 with nine home runs, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored in 23 games.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Byron Buxton
  • Jorge Polanco Heading To The Bench On Thursday

    Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Jordan Lyles and the Texas Rangers. Nick Gordon was called up by the team and he is slated to make his MLB debut on Thursday. Gordon is starting at second base and batting seventh. Polanco is off to a quiet start to the year. Through 27 games, he is slashing .208/.274/.307 with one home run, five doubles, two stolen bases, 12 RBI and 13 runs.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Nick Gordon To Make Big-League Debut

    Minnesota Twins infielder Nick Gordon will make his big-league debut on Thursday against the Rangers. Gordon is starting at second and will bat seventh against Rangers' righty Jordan Lyles. The 25-year-old was called up in a corresponding move with Luis Arraez's placement on the injured list, and he's expected to provide depth off the bench for Minnesota. Gordon produced a .298/.342/.459 slash line with four homers and 14 stolen bases in 70 games at the Triple-A level in 2019.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Nick Gordon
  • Mitch Garver On The Bench Thursday

    Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver will take a seat on the bench for Thursday's series finale against the Rangers. Garver has appeared in each of the last two contests for the Twins, going 3-for-7 with a home run and a walk. Benjamin Rortvedt will take on the catching duties and bat ninth against Jordan Lyles.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Mitch Garver
  • Josh Donaldson Gets The Day off Thursday

    Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson will get a breather on Thursday and isn't in the lineup for the contest against the Rangers. Despite talk of managing his workload, Donaldson has been an everyday player for Minnesota in 2021, though he'll get his first day off since mid-April on Thursday. Willians Astudillo will get the start at third and bat cleanup against Rangers' righty Jordan Lyles. Astudillo is batting .288 with three homers in 20 games.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Josh Donaldson
  • Mitch Garver Swats Sixth Homer

    Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers Wednesday. Garver demolished a Hyeon-Jong Yang fastball 429 feet at an exit velocity of 110.7 MPH for his sixth long ball of the season- and fourth in the last five contests. Garver has raised his season OPS to .750, though he will likely take a seat on the bench Thursday considering he's started each of the last two games for Minnesota behind the plate.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Twins Mitch Garver
  • Alex Colome Pitches Two Scoreless Frames

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Alex Colome turned in another effective outing despite his team's loss Wednesday. Colome tossed two scoreless frames, walking two batters and recording a pair of strikeouts. The veteran reliever has pitched three clean innings since being ousted from high-leverage situations- and could slowly be working his way back into those scenarios. If Taylor Rogers- who has faltered a bit lately- continues to struggle, Colome could wrench back some of the control over the ninth inning.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Colome
  • Lewis Thorpe Solid Despite Loss

    Minnesota Twins pitcher Lewis Thorpe pitched well in a spot start despite being charged with the loss. Thorpe tossed five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts compared to one walk. The Australian southpaw still hasn't quite found the velocity gains he made in the spring- but that hasn't stopped him from putting together two solid efforts when the Twins have tabbed him as a starter this season. Thorpe isn't about to enter the rotation just yet, but his name could be one of the first to be called if a rotation spot opens up for Minnesota.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Twins Lewis Thorpe
  • Alex Kirilloff To Get Second Opinion On Wrist Injury

    Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff (wrist) will get a second opinion on his right wrist sprain. Kirilloff was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday but will travel with the team to Detroit before seeing Dr. Graham, another specialist, in Dayton, Ohio. There's no official timetable for his return from the injury, though manager Rocco Baldelli said he's optimistic that it "won't prove to be a major injury." It's awful timing for Kirilloff, who was riding a seven-game hitting streak with four long balls. The newly-reinstated Miguel Sano will take over for Kirilloff at first base.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Michael Pineda Good To Go For Thursday

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda (wrist) is good to go for Thursday's game against the Rangers. Pineda had his start pushed back a day due to wrist soreness- but manager Rocco Baldelli has given him the green light for the final game of the series against Texas. The veteran hurler has gone at least five innings with two earned runs or less in four of his five starts- and will get a good matchup against a Rangers' lineup that has posted the second-worst strikeout rate in the majors this season.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Twins Michael Pineda
  • Miguel Sano Activated From Injured List, In Starting Lineup

    Minnesota Twins first/third baseman Miguel Sano (hamstring) was activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Sano has been eligible to return since Saturday, though the team effectively kept him off the roster for several extra days to give him time to fine-tune his mechanics at the plate. The slugger's return comes at a good time for a Twins team that will be down Luis Arraez (concussion) and Alex Kirilloff (wrist) for at least the next week. Sano will start at first base and bat eighth against Rangers' left-hander Hyeon-Jong Yang on Wednesday. Sano was batting just .111 with only two homers before the injury, though he did post the lowest strikeout rate and highest walk rate of his career through 15 games, so hopefully, the time off will help him get his swing going.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Twins Miguel Sano
  • Alex Kirilloff Placed On 10-Day Injured List

    Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right wrist on Wednesday. Kirilloff was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to wrist soreness- and manager Rocco Baldelli said that the issue was a step up from a minor one, so it's not particularly surprising that he'll be forced to miss some time. The 23-year-old prospect was slated to see a hand specialist on Wednesday and fortunately avoided a fracture, though this is not the first wrist injury he's had in his baseball career. The team activated Miguel Sano (hamstring) from the injured list. Hopefully, Kirilloff can return as soon as he's eligible, as he was raking at the dish.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Lewis Thorpe Recalled Ahead Of Start Wednesday

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Lewis Thorpe was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul ahead of his spot start on Wednesday against the Rangers. Thorpe was pressed into service due to Michael Pineda's sore wrist- and the team sent pitcher Brandon Waddell down to the minors to make room for Thorpe on the roster. The 25-year-old southpaw posted a superb 29.5 percent strikeout rate in 96 1/3 innings at St. Paul in 2019 and will face a Rangers' lineup that can hit for power but is also prone to the strikeout. Thorpe should be on the DFS radar for Wednesday's slate as a low-cost pitching alternative.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Twins Lewis Thorpe
  • Tyler Duffey Picks Up Hold

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey picked up his fourth hold of the season in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. Duffey entered the game in the eighth inning and sandwiched a double in between two outs before ceding the inning to Taylor Rogers. The former ranks second on the Twins in holds and has pitched to a 2.89 ERA in 9 1/3 innings, though his strikeout rate has declined while his walk rate has ballooned to a career-worst mark. Duffey has allowed a 94.3 percent Zone-Contact rate, which is likely a big reason why Statcast has given him a 4.22 expected ERA. He's capable of being that high-strikeout guy he was in 2018 and 2019, though it's best to tread carefully with him in holds leagues.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Twins Tyler Duffey
  • Hansel Robles Notches Sixth Hold

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Hansel Robles worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers, picking up his team-high sixth hold. Robles' control issues popped up once again- he's allowed a walk in each of his last four appearances- though he was able to navigate the outing without allowing a run, his fourth consecutive scoreless outing. The former Angel could potentially get a look at the ninth inning, with Alex Colome in lower leverage situations and Taylor Rogers struggling a bit.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Twins Hansel Robles
  • Alex Kirilloff Dealing With Wrist Injury

    Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff (wrist) was unavailable Tuesday due to a right wrist injury that he suffered while sliding into second base during Monday's game against the Rangers. Kirilloff- who is 9-for-28 with four home runs and 11 RBI in his last seven games- is set to see a hand specialist on Wednesday. It's not yet clear how serious the ailment is, though it should be known tomorrow whether or not the top prospect will require a trip to the injured list or not. That would be a tough blow to a Twins lineup that has seen a noticeable spark from Kirilloff's presence.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Byron Buxton Crushes Tape-Measure Home Run

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a losing effort to the Rangers on Tuesday. Buxton crushed a 93-MPH Kyle Gibson sinker 433 feet into left-center at an exit velocity of 108.4 MPH for his ninth long ball of the year. The 27-year-old impressively ranks in the 99th-percentile in hard-hit rate, expected slugging percentage, and sprint speed and is simply becoming must-see television on a nightly basis as one of the most exciting players in the league. Buxton will have a platoon advantage against left-hander Hyeon-Jong Yang on Wednesday.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Byron Buxton
  • Taylor Rogers Blows Save

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers blew his second save of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers. Rogers came on in the eighth inning for a four-out save, and it started off promising with a quick strikeout. However, the wheels fell off in the ninth- as he surrendered a leadoff homer to Willie Calhoun followed by an error, single, and a sacrifice fly, which tied the game. Rogers had been relatively spotless heading into the series against the Rangers but has struggled a bit since, allowing home runs in each of his last two outings. The Twins will always deploy a committee, so if Rogers struggles and Alex Colome hasn't regained the ninth yet, manager Rocco Baldelli could turn to Hansel Robles for a few chances in the ninth.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Taylor Rogers
  • J.A. Happ Allows One Run In No-Decision

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher J.A. Happ didn't factor into the decision for the first time since April 13. Happ pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, surrendering four hits and a walk while striking out a trio of hitters. The 38-year-old southpaw was a bit disappointing coming off of back-to-back seven-inning masterpieces, though he still pitched well enough to be deserving of a victory. Happ has never been much of a bat-misser, but his 3.74 expected ERA suggests that he could be in line for more victories and quality starts as a back-end starter for the Twins in 2021.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins J.A. Happ
  • Twins Hopeful Michael Pineda Can Start Thursday

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda (wrist) will have his start pushed back to Thursday. Pineda was hit on the wrist by a comebacker during his last start, but the Twins are hopeful that he'll be able to manage the issue well and that it's not too serious. Lewis Thorpe will toe the rubber in place of Pineda on Wednesday. The latter has pitched a 2.91 ERA in 27 1/3 innings pitched with a 27:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Michael Pineda
  • Lewis Thorpe Set To Start Wednesday

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Lewis Thorpe is slated to make a spot start on Wednesday against the Rangers. Fellow hurler Michael Pineda (wrist) was originally scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, though the Twins are pushing his start back a day as he deals with a sore wrist, which was hit by a comebacker during his last start. Thorpe was solid in his first outing of the season against the Angels, pitching four innings of two-run ball and allowing a lot of weak contact, as evidenced by his 80.5 MPH average exit velocity against. He could have some DFS appeal against a strikeout-prone Rangers' lineup, as he posted strikeout rates above 28 percent in each of his last four seasons in the minors.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Lewis Thorpe
  • Luis Arraez Placed On Concussion Injured List

    Minnesota Twins utility Luis Arraez (head) has been placed on the 7-day concussion injured list. Arraez was suffering concussion-like symptoms after colliding with Rangers' catcher Joey Trevino at home plate during Monday's game, so it's not too surprising that he'll be forced to miss some time as a result. Infielder Nick Gordon is being recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to replace Arraez on the big-league roster.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Luis Arraez
  • Byron Buxton Steals Fourth Base Of Season

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton collected a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in Monday's 6-5 win over the Rangers. Buxton worked an eight-pitch walk in the bottom of the sixth inning, then stole second before coming around to score on an Alex Kirilloff RBI double. The 27-year-old stole just one base in the first 17 games of the season but has swiped three in the last week alone and seems to be rolling on the basepaths now. A 30-homer, 30-stolen base season is certainly within his range of outcomes if health stays on his side.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Byron Buxton
  • Max Kepler Collects RBI And Fourth Stolen Base

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Monday's victory over the Rangers. Kepler added on to the Minnesota lead with an RBI single, then swiped second base for his fourth stolen bag of the season. The four stolen bases are more than he had in the shortened 2020 season- and his career-high mark of six appears to be in danger, as he has been one of the better threats on the basepaths for Minnesota. The power numbers have yet to surface- and while his fly-ball rate is the lowest since 2017, the barrel rate and hard-hit rates suggest that the home runs should be coming soon. With the Rangers slated to start a right-hander on Tuesday and a lefty on Wednesday, expect Kepler in the lineup for the second game of the series, and on the bench for the third.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Max Kepler
  • Alex Kirilloff Scores Three Runs In Monday's Win

    Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff collected a pair of hits and scored three runs in Monday's win over the Rangers. After going hitless in his first 11 at-bats, Kirilloff has now recorded a hit in each of the last seven games and has 11 RBI in that span. The plate discipline- 13 strikeouts with only one walk- leaves a bit to be desired, but the 23-year-old seems destined to stay in the big leagues with his ability to hit for both power and average, as well as his versatility in the field. It will be interesting to see what the Twins decide to do when Miguel Sano (hamstring) returns.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Josh Donaldson Heating Up At The Plate

    Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Monday's 6-5 victory over Texas. Donaldson doubled in a run in the third inning, his second straight game with an RBI, and his third extra-base hit in the same span. The veteran third baseman had an excellent day at the plate as well- as three of his four batted balls registered exit velocities of 100 MPH or greater. Donaldson is in position to have a big game on Tuesday, as he has had success against Rangers' right-hander Kyle Gibson in his career. He's batting .429 with three homers and seven RBI in seven career at-bats against Gibson.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Josh Donaldson
  • Luis Arraez In Concussion Protocol Monday

    Minnesota Twins utility player Luis Arraez (concussion) is in concussion protocol as a result of a collision in Monday's game, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. Arraez was complaining of a headache and neck soreness following a collision with catcher Jose Trevino while scoring on an RBI double in the third inning. He remained in the game after the collision, but was replaced on defense in the top of the seventh inning. Miller adds that Arraez going through concussion protocol does not necessarily mean he will end up on the concussion injured list, but he will have to be cleared by a doctor before he can return. Through 24 games this year, Arraez is slashing .289/.400/.373 with one home run, 11 RBI and 14 runs scored.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Twins Luis Arraez
  • Jorge Polanco Drives In A Pair

    Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, a run scored, and a walk in a 6-5 win over the Rangers on Monday. Polanco got the scoring started for Minnesota in the second inning with a sacrifice fly, then tripled in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 4-0. The 27-year-old is currently sporting a four-game hitting streak- and has three extra-base hits during that span, as he's heating up after a slow start at the dish. Polanco will face Kyle Gibson on Tuesday. Gibson is rolling to the tune of a 2.16 ERA, though Polanco has the platoon advantage and should be in a good spot to produce.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Twins Jorge Polanco
  • Taylor Rogers Picks Up Second Save

    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers notched his second save of the season in Monday's 6-5 win over Texas. Rogers allowed his first earned runs of the season on a two-run shot to Joey Gallo but still held on to lock down the victory for Minnesota. The southpaw has now seen each of the last two save chances for the Twins since Alex Colome was demoted from the ninth-inning role and has a real chance to hold onto the gig if he can keep converting those opportunities. Colome should still be expected to handle the ninth in tandem with Rogers once again at some point, though the latter is the favorite for saves in Minnesota right now.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Twins Taylor Rogers
  • Kenta Maeda Bounces Back Against Rangers

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda rebounded nicely in Monday's outing against the Rangers. Maeda improved to 2-2, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing a pair of hits while striking out eight batters compared to two walks. The veteran right-hander had his slider working much better, generating six of his 13 swinging strikes on the offering. Maeda's eight punchouts were a season-high- and it was nice to see him keep a zero on the scoreboard after surrendering 12 earned runs in his last two starts combined. He'll get another excellent matchup on May 8 against the Tigers, who have posted the worst strikeout rate in the majors this season.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Twins Kenta Maeda