Thursday, April 28, 2011

A worn path from Rochester to Minnesota

The injuries for the Twins continue to mount and that means a lot of changes on the field. The injury list for the Twins entering last night's game was ridiculously long and it essentially left Ron Gardenhire with one bench player, back-up catcher Steve Holm. Here is the list of injured Twins players that piled up before last night's frigid game at Target Field:

Delmon Young- placed on 15-day DL (sore ribs)
Jim Thome- oblique injury (expects to play Thursday)
Carl Pavano- flu (start pushed back to Sunday)
Jason Repko- sore oblique (might be forced to play through it)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka- 15-day DL (broken left fibula)
Joe Mauer- 15-day DL (bilateral leg weakness)
Kevin Slowey- 15-day DL (shoulder)

That is quite the list for a team to have to digest and with a double-header scheduled for tomorrow, the Twins can ill afford to have a short bench. To fix some of these holes on the team the Twins have dug deep into Rochester. The list of players on the Twins that have spent part of the year at Rochester continues to grow.

Anthony Swarzak- exchanged for Eric Hacker
Rene Tosoni- called-up to replace Delmon Young
Eric Hacker- exchanged for Alex Burnett
Jim Hoey- exchanged for Jeff Manship
Steve Holm- called-up to replace Joe Mauer
Alex Burnett- called-up to replace Kevin Slowey
Luke Hughes- called-up to replace Tsuyoshi Nishioka

It is important to have players in the minor leagues that are ready to contribute at the major league level. The Rochester Red Wings have seen a make-over of their team from the beginning of the year because of the injuries at the major league level. The players that the Twins are getting from Rochester may not be All-Star caliber players but each of them is able to contribute.

There are two position players that have seen time with both Rochester and Minnesota. Luke Hughes has done a decent job of filling in for the Twins at multiple positions. With three hits in last night's game, Hughes saw his batting average climb to .281 for the season. Steve Holm has seen limited time but has shown some pop in his bat. Holm should make an appearance in the first game of the double-header tomorrow with another chance to show what he can do for the Twins.

There are two pitchers that are currently on the Twins team that have made the trip from New York. Jim Hoey has yet to give up a run in his three appearances for the Twins. Fans were excited to how fast the Hoey can hurl the ball to the plate, but he looked rough in one outing. The Twins had enough confidence in Eric Hacker to schedule him for a spot-start against the Rays. That plan got foiled when Liriano had a rough start to last night's game. Hacker was put into a tough spot with the bases loaded, but walking two batters with the bases loaded is something the team is not going to be happy about.

These players from Rochester are helping to keep the Twins glued together for the time being. In the end for the Twins to be successful in 2011, these players will need to make a return trip to Rochester. But that return trip only starts when the Twins get their players healthy.


Guitarman said...

With 2 career minor league catchers on the roster right now, It's easy to see why the Twins are a last place ball club. This team gives up way too many walks to even be competitive right now. I'm trying to b optimistic but it's really hard right now.

NoDak Twins Fan said...

It's tough to be positive, especially with the first game today. I just hope the team plays well when they have more divisional games.