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Byron Buxton To The DL, Bartolo Colon To Start Against Yankees

It is a shame considering he was starting to find his rhythm at the plate, too.

Byron Buxton was beginning to make some noise with the bat -- producing a .387/.457/.516 batting line over his last ten games -- but now he will be sidelined with a groin strain. Buxton suffered the strain while racing for a double during the sixth inning of the contest in Houston on Friday night.

In addition to Buxton, the Minnesota Twins announced that they will have Bartolo Colon start against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
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As far as Buxton injury goes, it would appear that he was growing more comfortable with his new swing mechanics, as evidence by his hard drive into the left field corner, but he clearly tweaked something on his way into second base. It is possible that he is able to return to the team by next week but the Twins will likely be cautious with their best defender.

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In addition to moving Buxton to the disabled list, the Minnesota Twins also announce they have reinstated Joe Mauer, who was placed on the DL on July 7 with a lower back issue. Mauer was having a decent campaign at the plate and was emerging as a high caliber defender at first base this season.

Perhaps most interesting, however, is the word that the Twins will have the recently acquired Bartolo Colon start Tuesday’s game against the Yankees. Colon made one start for the Rochester Red Wings last Thursday, working 3.2 innings, strikeout out five but surrendered four runs on four loud hits. Reports were that his outing wasn’t sharp, allowing some solid contact, and that the organization may have opted to keep him in Rochester for at least one more outing.

This season Colon has seen more horizontal movement from his two-seam fastball rather than the tilt he has gotten in the past. In short, the pitch has stayed up in the zone instead of darting down. Coincidentally or not Colon’s release point has dropped considerable over the last two years (from 5.9 feet to 5.7 to 5.5 this year) which could explain the difference in movement. If it is mechanical and he is able to regain that same release point, he might be able to piece things back together.

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What is the purpose?  Of course putting our best young pitchers in to games against the best offenses in MLB might not be good either so Colon is fodder.  At least I hope he is just a short term move.  

 

I had to see what pitchers succeeded in their later ages - http://www.billjames..._their_old_age/

when I get to the 44 and older group there are 12.  Four of them were knuckleball pitchers.  Two were spitballers.  Jesse Orosco was a relief pitcher, Satchel Paige was an amazing story, Warren Spahn was nearing the end of remarkable career just like Nolan Ryan and Tommy John was ending his career.  Bartolo will be on the list because he is old, but not because he is any good any more. 

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For what it's worth, Brad Radke is only seven months older than Bartolo.


What's he doing these days? Is he busy? Hmmmmmmm......
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Radke's shoulder may have naturally healed over the last 10 years, right?
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ChiTownTwinsFan
Jul 15 2017 07:40 PM

 

I don't think of this team as being "in the hunt".

Then it's the perfect time to see what Gonzalves or Romero have, not waaaaaaaaaay past their prime old timers. Sorry ... but this sucks on any level, whether the Twins are in the hunt or not.

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Then it's the perfect time to see what Gonzalves or Romero have, not waaaaaaaaaay past their prime old timers. Sorry ... but this sucks on any level, whether the Twins are in the hunt or not.

This x 1,000.

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puckstopper1
Jul 15 2017 08:14 PM

Colon starting on Tuesday is one way to help Judge pad his HR stats...

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puckstopper1
Jul 15 2017 08:17 PM

Not one comment from anyone about Joe being back??That speaks volumes...

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Suicide Skweez
Jul 15 2017 08:43 PM

 

I don't know, I like having Bartolo start against the Yankees.

He's a magician and a freak, and he might just muster a good outing.

That's must see baseball, IMHO

And for the pure rebuilders, I always remember the Twins, when competitive having an old someone or other that starts big games in August and September.

Didn't always work out, but still, it's okay to throw a veteran out there and hope.

 

I like it too. I like throwing a 44 year old pitcher who's given up 66 runs in 63 innings pitched this year against one of the most prolific offenses in baseball. What could go wrong?

Maybe I should ask what could go right... :confused:

It seems I might be the only one that likes the move.

Reusse says signing Colon is desperation. I think it's more like, we are extremely unlikely to make the postseason, we've got nothing to lose, he's cheap, might as well see what he can do for the next couple months.

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I like it too. I like throwing a 44 year old pitcher who's given up 66 runs in 63 innings pitched this year against one of the most prolific offenses in baseball. What could go wrong?

It's so crazy, it just might work.

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twinsfanstreif
Jul 15 2017 10:13 PM

...and Radke retired 11 years ago.


Did Radke really retire at 33? It seems like he was around forever before he called it quits

 

Reusse says signing Colon is desperation. I think it's more like, we are extremely unlikely to make the postseason, we've got nothing to lose, he's cheap, might as well see what he can do for the next couple months.

I don't have a problem with it.  He'll have a better defense behind him then when he was in New York.  I don't see why he can't put up better numbers in Minnesota than he did with the Mets.

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twinsfanstreif
Jul 15 2017 10:19 PM

Not one comment from anyone about Joe being back??That speaks volumes...


I have defended Joe a bunch in the past and I still think he's a decent player who looks like he's regaining his form. But kinda like his personality he doesn't really move the needle a whole lot.

BTW, does anyone feel like Joe should be a narrator on one of the Johnsonville Brat commercials?
Lets see Colon go 6-4 over 13 or 14 starts averaging 6.33 innings with a 4.5 era and helping us narrowly beat cleveland for the division. He is more likely to do that then be a total loss. If he is a total loss ...he is out after a few starts and we bring up one of the kids....he buys us some time for them and could be more.
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IndianaTwin
Jul 15 2017 10:51 PM

 

It seems I might be the only one that likes the move.

 

Actually, I'm with you in not minding it.

 

It looks like we only need a No. 5 starter two times before Aug. 5. I'm fine with a two-game trial on a guy who had a 118 ERA+ last year:

  1. If he pitches well and we're still amazingly in it, great. We got a bargain for the stretch run.
  2. If he pitches well, but we've fallen out of it, he might bring us a low-end prospect by trade.
  3. If he pitches lousy, good riddance. And congrats on a great career that ended only behind Juan Marichal in wins by a Dominican.
  4. And even if he pitches lousy, we've gained enough time to fully stretch out Dillon Gee, who now has pitched 3, 5, and 7 scoreless innings at Rochester with a 0.87 WHIP, his only action since May. SSS sure, but of our long-shot waiver claims, I think he has the best chance of being a legit No. 4 or 5. He's only 31 and has shown some (albeit inconsistent) success. He would get three more starts before being needed on Aug. 5.
  5. Shucks, if Colon is really lousy on Tuesday, it will have at least bought Gee another start at Rochester. The Twins can actually arrange the rotation to have the second time they need a No. 5 be on the 25th, which would be Gee's normal day. 

And by Aug. 5 or so, we've got basically 45 games left to see where:

  1. The standings are.
  2. How the trade market dust has settled.
  3. Where all the prospects are in terms of innings limits and continued progression in the pattern that best suits their development. That could mean finish the season where they currently are, moving up for a few starts, picking up a few bullpen innings at a higher level, or whatever. 

 

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IndianaTwin
Jul 15 2017 11:08 PM

 

Did Radke really retire at 33? It seems like he was around forever before he called it quits

Yep. It just seems like he was around forever because he had at least 28 starts in 11 of his 12 seasons, beginning at age 22. And the season he missed still had 21 starts.

 

And talk about steady -- 8 of his 12 seasons had an ERA+ from 101 to 120. Two seasons were low 90s and two were 135 and 136.

 

He always struck me as someone who was content with himself and a baseball life that treated him well and allowed himself to make solid chunk of money. He didn't seem like a hanger-on or someone that needed to maintain his identity by being in the public eye. And I mean all of that in the best way possible. Is that an accurate read? 

 

I don't have a problem with it.  He'll have a better defense behind him then when he was in New York.  I don't see why he can't put up better numbers in Minnesota than he did with the Mets.

I think you're talking about the Braves, the team he played with for the first half of 2017. He was an All-Star for the Mets last year.

 

I really want to make snarky jokes about this, but honestly I'm too mad to do so.

 

44-year-old Big Sexy starting for a team that's "in the hunt" is the biggest joke I can remember since becoming a Twins fan back in 1985.

 

This is Tyner hitting cleanup. This Bartlett playing OF. This is Butch Huskey.

 

I'm ashamed to be a fan of this clown show.

This is a team that has started Turley and Wilk. This might be the biggest over-reaction I've ever seen on here. 

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Yep. It just seems like he was around forever because he had at least 28 starts in 11 of his 12 seasons, beginning at age 22. And the season he missed still had 21 starts.

 

And talk about steady -- 8 of his 12 seasons had an ERA+ from 101 to 120. Two seasons were low 90s and two were 135 and 136.

 

He always struck me as someone who was content with himself and a baseball life that treated him well and allowed himself to make solid chunk of money. He didn't seem like a hanger-on or someone that needed to maintain his identity by being in the public eye. And I mean all of that in the best way possible. Is that an accurate read? 

You're right on Radke. He was under-appreciated. He took some heat after getting a 'huge' contract in the late 90's for not earning his 'ace' salary. But he was who he was. The shoulder may have forced him out a year or two sooner, but I think he was satisfied and wanted to go watch his kids grow up. He was never a guy who was going to be pitching at 38-39 IMO.

 

 

Actually, I'm with you in not minding it.

 

It looks like we only need a No. 5 starter two times before Aug. 5. I'm fine with a two-game trial on a guy who had a 118 ERA+ last year:

  1. If he pitches well and we're still amazingly in it, great. We got a bargain for the stretch run.
  2. If he pitches well, but we've fallen out of it, he might bring us a low-end prospect by trade.
  3. If he pitches lousy, good riddance. And congrats on a great career that ended only behind Juan Marichal in wins by a Dominican.
  4. And even if he pitches lousy, we've gained enough time to fully stretch out Dillon Gee, who now has pitched 3, 5, and 7 scoreless innings at Rochester with a 0.87 WHIP, his only action since May. SSS sure, but of our long-shot waiver claims, I think he has the best chance of being a legit No. 4 or 5. He's only 31 and has shown some (albeit inconsistent) success. He would get three more starts before being needed on Aug. 5.
  5. Shucks, if Colon is really lousy on Tuesday, it will have at least bought Gee another start at Rochester. The Twins can actually arrange the rotation to have the second time they need a No. 5 be on the 25th, which would be Gee's normal day. 

And by Aug. 5 or so, we've got basically 45 games left to see where:

  1. The standings are.
  2. How the trade market dust has settled.
  3. Where all the prospects are in terms of innings limits and continued progression in the pattern that best suits their development. That could mean finish the season where they currently are, moving up for a few starts, picking up a few bullpen innings at a higher level, or whatever. 

 

All of this. There is literally no downside to this at all. There will be plenty of chances to watch the kids of the season blows up. People want Gibson gone. They want Santiago gone. They want Santana traded. They're irate we signed Colon. How many kids do y'all think we have that can pitch up here?

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ChiTownTwinsFan
Jul 16 2017 04:15 AM

All of this. There is literally no downside to this at all. There will be plenty of chances to watch the kids of the season blows up. People want Gibson gone. They want Santiago gone. They want Santana traded. They're irate we signed Colon. How many kids do y'all think we have that can pitch up here?


I don't want Gibson or Santiago gone, not at this time; nor do I want ESan traded, unless there is a good offer for him. But I don't want Colon pitching, either, especially not on Tuesday.
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HitInAPinch
Jul 16 2017 06:31 AM

My wonderment is more along the lines of:  Is this a negative indictment from the Twins FO on the quality of Twins MiLB starting pitching? 

My wonderment is more along the lines of: Is this a negative indictment from the Twins FO on the quality of Twins MiLB starting pitching?


Probably more the previous regime. The rotation wasn't the highest quality (to put it mildly) and it lacked upper end depth going into the offseason.

FA class was pretty mediocre and it is really difficult to add quality minor league depth without trading mlb pieces. There wasn't much for the new regime to work with.

Much bigger indictment is not addressing the bullpen.
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Aaron Cross
Jul 16 2017 07:17 AM
Would love to see Bartolo seize this opportunity. Would also like to see Dillon Gee soon. I thoroughly expect a blood bath today with Gibson on the mound, and hopefully be Gibson's last start as a Twin. This rotation would be intriguing.
1. Santana
2. Berrios
3. Mejia
4. Colon
5. Gee

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