Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

The Forums

Fangraphs (and other national publications) on the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:43 PM
I'm just going to post here whenever they do an article on the Twins.   Today, they have one on Trevor May (noting some changes in s...
Full topic ›

Article: Getting Rid Of The Bad Odor Might Be Izzi

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:42 PM
Do you smell that? No, it isn’t Ervin Santana and his patented “smell baseball” routine. Minnesota made a splash on the trade market over...
Full topic ›

Article: Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #2 Fernando Romero

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:42 PM
Fernando Romero was Twins Daily’s top prospect last season, but it was easy to predict that he’d be unseated. Even a year ago at this tim...
Full topic ›

Article: Twins Acquire Jake Odorizzi From Rays For Jermai...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:11 PM
According to multiple reports, the Twins have acquired RHP Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for shortstop prospect Jerma...
Full topic ›

Article: Twins Daily Top Prospects: #3 Nick Gordon

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 09:47 PM
Nick Gordon might be one of the most polarizing prospects in the Minnesota Twins system. All of the national prospect rankings have him i...
Full topic ›

Twins Drop Burroughs. But Why?

Attached Image: burroughs.jpg The Twins announced today that they have designated infielder Sean Burroughs for assignment to make room for Drew Butera on the 25-man roster. This one is a head-scratcher.

You can certainly make the argument that Joe Mauer's knee tenderness necessitated a call-up for Butera, as he may serve as more of a second catcher than third catcher for the time being. It's just tough to understand why the Twins felt the need to dump Burroughs when there was no good reason to do so.
[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
Justin Morneau came out of Monday night's game against the Angels due to wrist pain. This isn't a guy with a low pain threshold, so it's safe to say that Morneau must have been hurting pretty bad to pull himself from the game. The problem was deemed serious enough that he was immediately flown back to Minnesota for an MRI.

Fortunately, Morneau received good news today when it was revealed that there's no structural damage to the wrist, but he won't be ready to play until Friday "at the earliest."

Why not just throw Morneau on the DL and delay the roster decision? I'm not saying Burroughs is necessarily useful, but we can't make that judgment based on his 18 sporadic plate appearances. He was at the very least a veteran left-handed bat to bring off the bench, and with him and Luke Hughes both gone there is nobody on the roster to press Danny Valencia, who has been shaky in the field and jarringly horrible at the plate with a .646 OPS and 18-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Maybe Burroughs wasn't really an asset, but the Twins sure seemed convinced he was less than a month ago.

Beyond weakening the bench and forcing the team to play short-handed for at least the next two games, the decision not to DL Morneau seems questionable on its own merits. He claims that the wrist has been bothering him since the Rays series – which was over a week ago – and it's a recurring injury from last year, so giving him an extra 10 days to rest probably wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

Rather than play it safe and stash a player on the disabled list to keep the roster at full strength, the Twins have decided to wait a few days and reevaluate.

Sadly typical of this team.


  • Share:
  • submit to reddit
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

0 Comments