∑ First things first, I am on my way to the Twin Cities, in 11 minutes, for tonightís TwinsCentric/KFANís Lindsay Viewing Party. The Twins play the Royals at 7:00 tonight, and we will all be at Smalleyís 87 Club down by Target Field. There will be drink specials throughout the night. There will be some prizes. Basically it is an opportunity for a bunch of Twins fans to get together and watch the Twins play. Sure, itís been a frustrating year, but we can still have fun talking about the team. It is also an opportunity to contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Donations will be encouraged, but certainly not required. So, if youíre able, join us tonight!
∑ I have to admit that I am thrilled that the Twins called up Brian Dinkelman. Drafted by the Twins in 2006 out of a small NAIA school in Illinois. He has gradually worked his way through the Twins entire system. He has been in big league training camp the last year. He has been very consistent, and he is again having a terrific year. It does tell us where the Twins season is going, sure, but you have to feel happy for a guy like that.
∑ Of course, it comes, in part because Trevor Plouffe has struggled defensively, and he has made his way into Ron Gardenhireís doghouse. Has Plouffe struggled? Sure. Is it as bad as Gardy and the team is making it sound? I donít think so. But, as the Rochester Baseball Observer pointed out very well, the Twins need to trade Plouffe now because as long as Gardy is manager, he will never get a real opportunity. Itís all part of the double-standard that the manager has with some of his players. Plouffe gets called out for everything wrong he does and we rarely hear about the good stuff.. Danny Valencia gets called out every day for something. Matt Tolbert made a play the other day that he threw past Valencia at third that cost at least two runs. Gardenhireís response? It was the right play, just a bad throw. And frankly, I agree. But Tolbert wasnít thrown under the bus, was he? In fact, the only thing we heard was that Valencia wasnít back in the right position. Well yeah, he tried to make the play in the hole. Plouffe is a doghouse guy, even though he is as good of a person as there is. Itís not the first occurrence of this. It happened to Pat Neshek a year ago. Matt Garza. Jason Bartlett. The only one that has escaped it is Glen Perkins, and I have no idea how that happened. Gardy learned from Tom Kelly who was notorious for being tough on your players, preferring sometimes the scrappy veterans. Gardenhire is the same way. And this isnít a fire-able offense, but it is my one frustration with Ron Gardenhire.
∑ Last night, I was on the Twins Minor League Weekly podcast with Travis Aune. We talked about last nightís box scores, some transactions and our players of the month of May, so please check it out. (Note, youíll have to bear with a short technical difficulty early in the show, but itís only about a minute)
∑ The Twins acquired former top outfield prospect Jeremy Reed from the Brewers AAA team as depth at Rochester.
∑ A few injury updates to report on. †It sounds like Aaron Hicks could be back within a few more days from his thumb bruise. I have heard that Brandon Roberts could be back from his oblique injury in the next week. Angel Morales is likely out 2-3 more weeks with his elbow injury. Estarlin de los Santos will be out at least another four weeks with his elbow injury. The Twins have gone the way of rest and rehab with elbow injuries again this year. Itís the way they went with Neshek and Loek Van Mil. This year, they have done so with Miguel Munoz, Angel Morales and Estarlin de Los Santos. Hopefully it is the right decision for them.
∑ Brian Dozier, Danny Rams and Bruce Pugh were named to the Florida State League All-Star team yesterday. Congratulations to them.
∑ SS/2B Steve Singleton and LHP Michael Tarsi were promoted from New Britain to Rochester yesterday after their game.
∑ Final thought, I know people donít like him and think it is all about the nepotism, but you have to have a ton of respect for Red Wings infielder Toby Gardenhire. Maybe it is just a small sample (ok, no maybe about it), but after a 2-4 day yesterday with two doubles, he is hitting .294 in AAA with six doubles. Thereís no way he sustains that, but I do think it shows that he has worked really hard, and he can play at that level. Am I saying heís great? No. But he should not get beaten up as bad as he does. And if he gets a brief promotion, oh well. I have no problem with that (well, depending on who comes off the 40 man roster to make it happen, of course.)
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