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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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Aaron Cross
Jul 16 2017 07:18 AM
And I never need to see Santiago pitch another game in a Twins uniform.

I did not think about this the first time I read your essay, but why is Bartolo up now when he will not pitch until Tuesday?  Maybe a relief pitcher could be of more immediate importance for Sunday/Monday

Will the Twins be able to hang on to Gee if they don't bring him up soon??
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Aaron Cross
Jul 16 2017 08:10 AM
Pretty sure they'll have to call him up soon or lose him. His last start was great.

 

I did not think about this the first time I read your essay, but why is Bartolo up now when he will not pitch until Tuesday?  Maybe a relief pitcher could be of more immediate importance for Sunday/Monday

He isn't up yet, they haven't made a corresponding roster move at this point. All we know is that it's been confirmed Colon will come up before Tuesday's game starts.

 

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 hope he no-hits those Yankee jagoffs...

 

 

 

Kinda think that might not happen, but by gum, wouldn't it be sweeter than sweet? 

 

 

 

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.

His numbers from Atlanta and Rochester would beg to differ.

 

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

That's vomit-inducing at 4 and 5.

 

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

While those guy are awful, they're at least young so optimism from the Wonder Twins is understandable.

 

This is a 44-year-old who got teed off on in the NL and then served up AAA batting practice last week. The fact that anyone thinks this is a good or justifiable move blows my mind.

 

I hope he no-hits those Yankee jagoffs...

 

 

 

Kinda think that might not happen, but by gum, wouldn't it be sweeter than sweet? 

I think Gibson getting a no-no today in Houston is probably 20 times more likely.

 

And, honestly, I'd hate if it happened because then we'd be stuck with him for the rest of the season ... and probably next season, too.

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Ugh, not a fan of Colon going up against the Yankees lineup after he had a poor start in AAA. That's going to be an ugly outing.

 

I'm guessing Gee gets DFA'd unless they put Haley on the 60 day DL, but I don't think that'll happen.

Does Gee have an opt-out date? I thought I heard that when he signed.

Because he was added to the 25-man roster briefly, did Gee get his salary upped to a million bucks? Which in Twins land is a reason not to DF-him for assignment, especially if he is pitching well.

 

The Twins are only on the hook for $300,000+ for Colon at the moment.

 

Haley is pitching at Rochester and will need a roster spot soon. He can only pitch so long in rehab...and he is the Twins Rule 5 hot pickup. Breslow is also due back. So between Boshers/Hildenberger/Pressly, who goes, if not all three (unless Vargas gets his ticket punched yet again).

While those guy are awful, they're at least young so optimism from the Wonder Twins is understandable.
 
This is a 44-year-old who got teed off on in the NL and then served up AAA batting practice last week. The fact that anyone thinks this is a good or justifiable move blows my mind.


He didn't just start pitching in 2017. Look at the previous four years. It's doubtful, but there's a non zero chance he helps the Twins. A much higher chance than "those guys" IMO.

There's a reason he was given a $12m contract for this season.
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Does Gee have an opt-out date? I thought I heard that when he signed.

I thought it was July 15. Since he pitched yesterday, perhaps that was wrong.

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He didn't just start pitching in 2017. Look at the previous four years. It's doubtful, but there's a non zero chance he helps the Twins. A much higher chance than "those guys" IMO.

There's a reason he was given a $12m contract for this season.

I'm aware that he started pitching in 1917. Time catches up to everyone and it appears to have caught up to Big Sexy in a hurry.

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.


Might be the post I most strongly agree with ever. So far,i like one move by this front office, and actively hate several.
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ChiTownTwinsFan
Jul 16 2017 11:07 AM

Might be the post I most strongly agree with ever. So far,i like one move by this front office, and actively hate several.


I'm actually pretty neutral on most decisions, as I do take a wait and see on most things, but this move? I really, really dislike as I don't see upside for any reason, whether in the hunt or not. And maybe the new FO doesn't have confidence in what they are seeing in the minors despite some of performances thus far? I don't know but if true that isn't something that is easily correctable and more of an indictment on the past regime than the present. Again, I'm playing it somewhat neutral, but this Colon 'experiment' just ughs me on any level.

Then again, if I'm proven wrong, I'll be eating crow for dinner.
Colon will easily give up 7 runs against the Yankees. Dude is toast and the Twins should be ashamed of themselves for this kind of move.

I'm actually pretty neutral on most decisions, as I do take a wait and see on most things, but this move? I really, really dislike as I don't see upside for any reason, whether in the hunt or not. And maybe the new FO doesn't have confidence in what they are seeing in the minors despite some of performances thus far? I don't know but if true that isn't something that is easily correctable and more of an indictment on the past regime than the present. Again, I'm playing it somewhat neutral, but this Colon 'experiment' just ughs me on any level.

Then again, if I'm proven wrong, I'll be eating crow for dinner.


Romero and Gonsalves are not ready to make extended starts in the majors, they'd get lit up.

Either could probably survive a spot start and perhaps Romero can be effective out of the bullpen, but it won't sustain. Jorge was the most advanced and still not ready and it was pretty clear what happened to him.

I appreciate the disgust with cycling through retreads and particularly Colon, but they just aren't going to expose prospects. It will result in bad performance and potentially negative developmental consequences.

There's a small chance Colon catches something, and if not he's quickly cut without consequence.
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Good time to get an extended look at Granite with regular ABs!!!!

While those guy are awful, they're at least young so optimism from the Wonder Twins is understandable.

This is a 44-year-old who got teed off on in the NL and then served up AAA batting practice last week. The fact that anyone thinks this is a good or justifiable move blows my mind.


It's giving one start to a guy who was an All-star last year but is probably done. It's not worthy of an intense reaction either way.
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LA VIkes Fan
Jul 16 2017 01:46 PM

Colon starting tells you the FO thinks there isn't anybody else. The AA guys aren't ready and they must not like Slegers or Hurlbut very much. I guess I don't understand why Gee wasn't considered but Molitor said something about a low strikeout rate. Besides, he pitched last night to get fully stretched out so the timing was off. Bartolo gets the start because he's no worse than the other alternatives. 

Colon starting tells you the FO thinks there isn't anybody else. The AA guys aren't ready and they must not like Slegers or Hurlbut very much. I guess I don't understand why Gee wasn't considered but Molitor said something about a low strikeout rate. Besides, he pitched last night to get fully stretched out so the timing was off. Bartolo gets the start because he's no worse than the other alternatives.


Clearly the FO has no confidence in anyone else. And they're right!
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Aaron Cross
Jul 16 2017 04:03 PM
Colon makes sense to me. Why not? Always liked him. It's better than rushing a prospect. Not a playoff team anyway.
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Dance with Disco Dan
Jul 16 2017 04:16 PM
I thought the whole point of signing Colon was to give the Twins one last good chance to steal back Johan's third Cy Young before Bartolo heads off into retirement. I think we can all agree it's high time that injustice is corrected. Now, if they'd hurry up and parole O.J. I hear he has experience with this type of operation.

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