Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Morning Tidbits

As with most Tuesday's for the rest of the season, I am in charge of writing the minor league update for the Twins Daily website. This means I won't have a very big post here this morning but here are some of the news and notes that have been discussed with the Twins.
Casilla gets new role as utility player
Anyone who has watched the Twins since Brian Dozier got called up could tell what the plan was for the team in the middle infield. Apparently the message never got sent to Alexi Casilla and he had a meeting with Ron Gardenhire to discuss his role with the club. Gardenhire basically told him that his role is the utility player at this point and he will fit into the line-up when the team needs to give some of the other players a break.

The infield situation seems set with Dozier at shortstop, Jamey Carroll at second base, and Trevor Plouffe at third base. Since Plouffe took over for Danny Valencia at third, he hasn't been ripping the cover off of the ball so it will be interesting to see if Casilla can find some more playing time at the hot corner.

Former Twins player Ramos out for the year
Wilson Ramos, the center piece of the Matt Capps trade, tore his ACL and will need knee surgery to repair his injury. The young catcher made headlines this offseason after he was kidnapped in his native Venezuela. Now one of the best young catchers in the game will miss the rest of the 2012 season as he tries to rehab a tough injury for a catcher. 

The trade of Ramos for Capps has been widely criticized by Twins fans especially after the 2011 performance of Capps. Ramos finished fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting last season and now his club was fighting for first place in the NL East to start the 2012 campaign. The loss of Ramos combined with other injuries to the Nationals power bats could make it tough for the team to keep up the pace they are on.

Morneau takes batting practice
Over the weekend, Justin Morneau had tested his injured wrist by taking some swings off of a tee. That step in his recovery process seemed to go fine and the next step was to take some swings during batting practice. This took place on Monday evening and it was the first time in two weeks that he had stepped into the cage

From all reports, it seemed like the session went well and Morneau is one step closer to being back in the middle of the line-up for the Twins. There is still some soreness in his wrist but he thinks he can play through it at this point. Personally, I don't like the way that sounds and it seems like he might be trying to rush himself back. He is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday but the Twins aren't sure of when he will be put back on the roster. 

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