Minnesota Twins News and Notes: Week of May 1

  • The Minnesota Twins are finishing the month of April with a 7-17 record, the only team in the division to not have a winning record. One bright side is last year the Texas Rangers started the season with a 7-14 record, and still made the playoffs thanks to the new wild card system. Still, it will be an uphill climb for the Twins over the course of the rest of the season.
  • The Twins had success in May last season, as they ended April with a 10-12 record, but thanks to a 20-win May, were  able to stay competitive late into the season before ultimately just missing the playoffs.
  • The Twins had a rough week to close out April, as they went 2-4, including a 4-1 loss to division rival Detroit on Saturday. They are facing two starting pitchers who are on the disabled list, and had to demote two of their top prospects because they were not producing.
  • It’s not all bad news, however, as Byung-ho Park, who signed with Minnesota over the winter, is slowly starting to adjust to Major League Baseball. Park is batting .227/.288/.561 with six home runs, four doubles, and eight RBIs in 19 games. He is the team leader in home runs, and on Saturday hit one 435 feet, which is only his third longest of the season.
  • Byron Buxton, who is considered to be one of their top prospects, was demoted to Triple-A Rochester this week after starting the season with a .156 batting average. Danny Santana is now playing center field while Buxton tries to regain the form that once saw him rated the top prospect in baseball.
  • As mentioned earlier, the Twins are battling the injury bug, with the pitching staff currently being impacted. Ervin Santana is the one who is closest to returning. He has been on the DL with back spasms. He threw a bullpen session Saturday, and is on track to be activated on Tuesday.
  • Kyle Gibson is also on the DL, as he is battling a right shoulder strain. He was put on the DL earlier this week retroactive to April 23. There is no current timetable for his return.

Here is a look at the coming week’s schedule for the Twins. (All Times Central)

Sunday, May 1 – vs Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Monday, May 2 – at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3 – at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4 – at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Thursday, May 5 – Off Day

Friday, May 6 – at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Saturday, May 7 – at Chicago White Sox, 6:10 p.m.

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