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  • Twins Activate Max Kepler From IL

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (right fifth toe fracture) has been activated from the 10-day injured list, according to an announcement from the club. In a corresponding move, outfielder Mark Contreras was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul. Kepler has looked solid in his age-29 season, slashing .244/.344/.390 with nine homers, 39 RBI, a 12.2 BB%, and 14.5 K%. He offers upside both at the plate and in the field, amassing 4.6 oWAR and 3.6 dWAR through 85 games. He should be rostered in most fantasy leagues going forward.

    Aug 6 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Nick Gordon Homers In Three-Hit Game

    Minnesota Twins utility man Nick Gordon filled the stat sheet Friday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored in a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Gordon has been very strong offensively of late, slashing .325/.386/.558 with three homers and a steal in his last 30 games. While he only has five homers and four steals in 220 at-bats this year, he's steadily improved as the season has gone on, and he could make for a very interesting fantasy option if those numbers are able to pick up just slightly.

    Aug 6 · Source via Twins Nick Gordon
  • Jose Godoy Claimed By Pirates

    The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed catcher Jose Godoy off of waivers on Friday. The Minnesota Twins designated Godoy for assignment earlier in the week after the 27-year-old backstop logged just three at-bats in the big leagues in 2022. To make room for Godoy on the roster, Pittsburgh designated veteran catcher Taylor Davis for assignment. Look for Godoy to help fill in behind the plate while starter Tyler Heineman (groin) is on the injured list.

    Aug 5 · Source via Twins Pirates Taylor Davis Jose Godoy Tyler Heineman
  • Twins To Designate Tyler Duffey For Assignment

    The Twins have designated right-handed reliever Tyler Duffey for assignment, as first reported by Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Twitter link). Right-hander Cole Sands is being recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to take Duffey’s spot on the roster (and, seemingly, in the bullpen for now). Minnesota has yet to formally announce the move. Duffey,…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Tyler Duffey closers
  • Jorge Alcala Undergoes Season-Ending Elbow Surgery

    Twins reliever Jorge Alcalá has undergone arthroscopic debridement surgery on his throwing elbow, the club announced (relayed by Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune). He’s done for the season, but the Twins anticipate he’ll be ready for Spring Training next year. Aclalá made just two appearances in 2022, with elbow issues virtually wiping out the year.…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Jorge Alcala closers
  • Max Kepler Could Return This Weekend

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (toe), who is dealing with a fractured right fifth toe, said he's been running, hitting and throwing and felt fine after doing outfield work on Wednesday. He said he'll be back "soon." Skipper Rocco Baldelli said it's "possible" that Kepler is activated from the 10-day injured list this weekend. The 29-year-old is eligible to return on Saturday. Once he's back with Minnesota, Kepler should return to being a lineup regular in the outfield. Before his injury, he was slashing .244/.344/.390 with nine home runs, 39 RBI, 41 runs scored and two stolen bases in 337 plate appearances over 85 games in Minnesota. Kepler had played in just two games after the All-Star break before going on the IL.

    Aug 4 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Jorge Lopez Closes Out First Game With Twins

    Minnesota Twins reliever Jorge Lopez recorded his 20th save of the season Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers and his first since being traded from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. The first-time All-Star is having a career year after switching to the bullpen this season and owns a 1.64 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 55 strikeouts over 49.1 innings. The save signals that Lopez will maintain his closer role, leaving the rest of the high-leverage arms in the Twins bullpen, including Jhoan Duran, in a setup role.

    Aug 3 · Source via Twins Jorge Lopez closers
  • Byron Buxton Back In Wednesday's Lineup

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers and left-hander Tyler Alexander, serving as the designated hitter and batting leadoff. Buxton will return after missing the last two games with minor knee soreness, so fantasy managers need to get him back into their starting lineups. The 28-year-old hasn't hit for average this year (.220) and isn't running much (three stolen bases), but he does have 26 home runs, 46 RBI and 55 runs scored in 291 at-bats. In just five games played since the All-Star break, he's gone 5-for-18 (.278) with three home runs, three RBI and a stolen base.

    Aug 3 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Alex Kirilloff Lands On The 10-Day Injured List

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with right wrist inflammation. He has dealt wrist injuries throughout his career, and it continues to be troublesome for the former first-round pick. The 24-year-old has been limited to 45 games in 2022, slashing .250/.290/.361 with three home runs, 21 RBI, and 14 runs scored across 155 plate appearances. The Twins are banged up in the outfield as Byron Buxton, and Max Kepler deal with injuries. Fantasy managers with an open IL spot should continue to stash Kirilloff due to his upside and hope the top prospect has the minimum stay on the injured list.

    Aug 2 · Source via Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Twins Transfer Miguel Sano To 60-Day IL

    The Twins announced to reporters today, including Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, that Miguel Sano has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after they “found something” on the MRI on his knee. His roster spot went to Jake Cave, who was selected to the big league club. The Twins also designated…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Miguel Sano
  • Michael Fulmer Moved To Twins

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Michael Fulmer has been traded to the Minnesota Twins. This adds on to the already big day for the Twins. The Tigers will receive right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long in exchange for Fulmer. This season, Fulmer has a 3.20 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 39/20 K/BB ratio through 39.3 innings of work. The additions of Fulmer and Jorge Lopez should hopefully be a significant upgrade to Minnesota's bullpen. As for Detroit, they receive a fairly decent arm in Gipson-Long. He has pitched well in High-A and will hopefully move quickly through the minor league system.

    Aug 2 · Source via Tigers Twins Michael Fulmer closers
  • Tyler Mahle Going To The Twins

    The Minnesota Twins acquired starting pitcher Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday in exchange for shortstop Spencer Steer, third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand and pitcher Steven Hajjar. Mahle will certainly bolster the Twins rotation as they look to make a deep postseason run this year. The 27-year-old right-hander has gone 5-7 with Cincy this year with a 4.40 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 114 strikeouts and 39 walks in 104 1/3 innings over 19 starts. The move from hitter-friendly Cincinnati to Minnesota and a much better offense will be great news for Mahle's second-half fantasy outlook as well. In three starts in July, Mahle allowed seven earned runs while striking out 17 and walking seven in 17 innings pitched, so he's been better of late.

    Aug 2 · Source via Reds Twins Tyler Mahle
  • Aaron Sabato Displays Power In Minors

    Minnesota Twins first base prospect Aaron Sabato is a former first-round pick who has lived up to expectations so far, showing off a phenomenal power tool while also drawing a solid amount of walks. At times, he has appeared to be outmatched, especially when facing fastballs. This has led to a high strikeout rate, which often happens to power hitters in the majors but generally doesn't plague the most trustworthy bats in the minors. However, Sabato has worked hard to improve his swing amidst a challenging transition to pro baseball and wood bats. He has improved his timing and worked to pull the ball to left field rather than go the opposite way. The power is clearly there; now he just needs to take the next step with his contact. He also has good discipline and impressive knowledge of the strike zone, giving the Twins additional optimism about his long-term outlook. He does leave a lot to be desired defensively, so Sabato will need to hit his way into the majors and be content playing first base or designated hitter. The 23-year-old is coming off a strong week in which he went 7-for-21 with four homers, 11 RBI, four walks, and 10 runs. He showed off his power, drew some walks, and scored almost every time he reached base.

    Aug 2 · Source via Twins Aaron Sabato
  • Kyle Garlick Exits Monday With Rib Inflammation

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Kyle Garlick (rib inflammation) left Monday's 5-3 win over the Tigers early with rib inflammation, per Twins writer Betsy Helfand. Garlick will undergo an MRI as the team continues to assess him. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout prior to exiting the game. The 30-year-old has been a useful fantasy option in a limited sample size, slashing .257/.319/.514 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 116 plate appearances. Fantasy managers should wait to hear more, but they should take a look at their waiver wires now in the event that Garlick has to miss time with his injury.

    Aug 2 · Source via Twins Kyle Garlick
  • Byron Buxton Could Return To Lineup Tuesday

    Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said that outfielder Byron Buxton (undisclosed) was not available in Monday's 5-3 win over the Tigers because of how he felt, per Twins writer Betsy Helfand. There were no more specifics, but this sounds like simple soreness, as Baldelli said he is hopeful Buxton can return to the lineup Tuesday. The 28-year-old has traded average for power this season, slashing .220/.296/.550 with 26 home runs, 46 RBI and three stolen bases in 324 plate appearances. Buxton's inability to stay healthy has plagued fantasy managers for many seasons, so hopefully he will be able to return shortly. Fantasy managers should check for more updates on Tuesday.

    Aug 2 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Twins Select Aaron Sanchez, Designate Jose Godoy

    The Twins announced Monday that they’ve selected the contract of right-hander Aaron Sanchez from Triple-A St. Paul and opened a spot on the 40-man roster by designating catcher Jose Godoy for assignment. Minnesota also optioned righty Yennier Cano to St. Paul, recalled outfielder Mark Contreras. Lastly, Gio Urshela was reinstated from the paternity list, while…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Jose Godoy Aaron Sanchez
  • Jose Miranda Hits 10th Homer Sunday

    Minnesota Twins infielder Jose Miranda hit double digits in home runs Sunday, knocking his 10th home run of the season off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Sean Manaea. Miranda has been on some kind of hot streak of late, slashing .340/.392/.574 with six home runs over his last 30 games. He has a hit in six of his last seven games, with three-hit performances in three of those contests. There's every reason to believe Miranda will receive near-every-day playing time, and thus he's a worthy add in fantasy leagues of all formats.

    Aug 1 · Source via Twins Jose Miranda
  • Luis Arraez Homers Sunday

    Minnesota Twins infielder Luis Arraez went deep Sunday, knocking his sixth home run of the year in a 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. It was his only hit in four trips to the plate. Arraez last homered on July 16. He now has a .333/.403/.440 slash line with 56 runs scored, 34 RBI, and two steals in 374 plate appearances this season. While he doesn't offer all that much upside outside of batting average in category leagues, Arraez is a much stronger option in points formats with his contact-based approach.

    Jul 31 · Source via Twins Luis Arraez
  • Max Kepler, Miguel Sano Head To IL

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (toe) and first baseman Miguel Sano (knee) were placed on the 10-day IL Saturday. Kepler had missed the last three games with a toe injury that is now known to be a fractured right pinkie toe. After a hot start at the dish, he has cooled down with just four homers and an OPS below .700 since May 1. Sano had played in just three games since returning from surgery to repair his left knee meniscus, and it's that same knee that is causing him to head back to the IL. Neither player needs to be held onto in any fantasy format. Alex Kirilloff and Gilberto Celestino will likely cover for Kepler in right field, while Luis Arraez and Jose Miranda will take turns playing first in Sano's absence.

    Jul 30 · Source via Twins Miguel Sano Max Kepler
  • Joe Ryan Implodes Friday Night

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan got blitzed by the San Diego Padres Friday night, giving up 10 runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings of work, including five home runs. He struck out seven batters. The loss drops his record for the year to 7-4. This is by far the worst outing of Ryan's season and his career. It balloons his ERA and WHIP to 3.78 and 1.11, which, while still respectable, are not enough to make up for only striking out 80 batters in 85 2/3 innings. Ryan will need to right the shift to remain worthy of consistent rostership.

    Jul 30 · Source via Twins Joe Ryan
  • Max Kepler Still Out Against Padres

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (toe) remains out of the starting lineup on Friday against the San Diego Padres. Kepler will miss his third straight game while dealing with a displaced fracture in his right pinkie toe. For now, he's being considered day-to-day, but fantasy managers shouldn't be shocked if the Twins eventually put him on the injured list. On the season, the 29-year-old German left-handed hitter is batting .244/.344/.390 with nine home runs, 39 RBI, 41 runs scored and two stolen bases in 287 at-bats. Gilberto Celestino is starting in right field and is batting ninth on Friday against Padres left-hander Blake Snell. Celestino is 1-for-6 in four games over the last two weeks and is still searching for his first home run of the season. Avoid him in DFS.

    Jul 29 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Twins, Brad Peacock Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Twins signed veteran righty Brad Peacock to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A St. Paul, Brandon Warne of Access Twins tweets. Peacock was recently granted his release from a minor league deal with the Royals. Once a high quality starter and reliever for the Astros, the now-34-year-old Peacock’s career has been…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Brad Peacock closers
  • Max Kepler Day-To-Day With Fractured Toe

    Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (toe) has been diagnosed with a mildly displaced fracture of his pinky toe. According to Twins reporter Do-Hyoung Park, the injury isn't quite as bad as it sounds and Kepler is being considered day-to-day. The fracture isn't on a weight-bearing part of his foot, so he may be able to play through the injury and avoid the injured list. Park reports that the Twins are going to test Kepler out over the coming days to see if he can indeed avoid a stint on the injured list.

    Jul 26 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Miguel Sano Activated, Batting Ninth In His Return

    The Minnesota Twins have activated first baseman Miguel Sano (knee) from the 60-day injured list. He will be batting ninth in his return to action in Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Sano was sidelined for about three months after undergoing meniscus surgery on his left knee. He was struggling immensely before the injury, slashing just .093/.231/.148 over 17 games. He'll need to bounce back from that rough start to the season soon as the Twins have more competition for playing time now with both Alex Kirilloff and Jose Miranda coming around at the plate lately.

    Jul 26 · Source via Twins Miguel Sano
  • Max Kepler Being Held Out On Tuesday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (toe) is being held out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Alex Kirilloff is shifting over to cover Kepler's usual right field post while Miguel Sano (knee) is entering the starting lineup following his activation from the injured list. Kepler was hit by a pitch in his left foot during this past Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers. He exited the game after the incident. The team hasn't released any notable updates on his status the past few days and he should be considered day-to-day for now.

    Jul 26 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Byron Buxton Returns To Lineup Against Brewers

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) is back in center field and is hitting in his customary leadoff spot on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Buxton recently underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee and hadn't played since before the All-Star break. Now that he's back, fantasy managers will want to get him back into their lineups in all single-year leagues. The 28-year-old is hitting just .216 with a .293 on-base percentage in 73 games, but he also has 23 home runs, 11 doubles, three triples, 43 RBI, 50 runs scored and two stolen bases and is a must-start anytime he's on the field.

    Jul 26 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Miguel Sano Activated From Injured List Monday

    Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano (knee) was activated from the 60-day injured list on Monday. Sano had been on the injured list after having meniscus surgery on his left knee early in May. The Twins optioned Gilberto Celestino back to Triple-A St. Paul in a corresponding move to make room for Sano on the big-league roster. Sano is hitting just .093 with one homer and three RBI across 54 at-bats in 2022. He may struggle to see everyday at-bats with the Twins unless there's an injury ahead of him.

    Jul 25 · Source via Twins Miguel Sano
  • Twins Sign Michael Feliz To Minor League Deal

    The Twins have signed right-hander Michael Feliz to a minor league contract and assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate, the St. Paul Saints (as announced by the Saints themselves). Feliz, a client of Octagon, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox earlier this month and rejected an outright assignment in favor of free agency.…

    Jul 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Michael Feliz
  • Max Kepler Exits After Being Hit By Pitch Sunday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (foot) was hit in his left foot by a pitch during Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers. He was removed from the game after the incident as Gilberto Celestino came on to pinch run for him. Kepler grounded into a fielder's choice during his first and only other at-bat on Sunday. He earned an RBI during the play and eventually scored later on in the inning. Through 84 games on the year, the 29-year-old owns a .244/.344/.390 slash line to go along with nine home runs.

    Jul 24 · Source via Twins Max Kepler
  • Byron Buxton Won't Play This Weekend

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) had a PRP injection in his right knee on Wednesday and will be unavailable this weekend. Buxton has been battling a knee injury all year, and this is likely a move that helps promote healing while giving the young star a chance to rest. When he's been on the field, Buxton has been providing as much pop as anyone, mashing 23 homers in just 273 at-bats. The average and stolen bases have taken a hit this year, which may have something to do with his knee, but he is still a fantasy star. Just make sure you have a replacement ready to go if he's on your roster.

    Jul 23 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Byron Buxton Taking A Seat On Saturday

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is not in the lineup on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. It appears that the Twins are giving their All-Star an extra day of rest following the break. Nick Gordon is starting in center field in his place and batting seventh against Detroit starter Michael Pineda. Buxton should be good to go on Sunday.

    Jul 23 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Caleb Thielbar Placed On The Injured List

    Minnesota Twins left-handed pitcher Caleb Thielbar (hamstring) has been placed on the injured list. It's a left hamstring strain for the 35-year-old reliever, who's worked a 4.84 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 47:15 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings out of the Twins' bullpen. As of now, it's unclear how long he will be sidelined but hamstrings can be tricky so a maximum stint on the IL wouldn't be surprising. Yennier Cano was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.

    Jul 23 · Source via Twins Caleb Thielbar closers
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