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  • Twins Option Arcia, Roster at 49

    On Saturday morning, the Minnesota Twins announced that they had optioned outfielder Oswaldo Arcia to Triple-A Rochester where he is likely to begin his 2013 season.

    Arcia was the Twins minor league hitter of the year in 2012 when he combined to hit a combined .320/.388/.539 (.928) with 36 doubles, 8 triples, 17 home runs and 98 RBI between Ft. Myers and New Britain. He played very well in the Venezuelan Winter League.

    Unfortunately, soon after arriving at his second big league spring training, he was sidelined with a strained intercostal (muscle in the side). He was unable to play ntil last weekend, but he has been in the lineup most days since.

    After yesterday's announced moves, the Twins also send catcher Danny Lehmann back to minor league camp. That means that the spring training roster is now down to 49 players. There are still 24 pitchers (7 non-roster), 5 catchers (2 non-roster), 11 infielders (5 non-roster) and 9 outfielders (4 non-roster).

    That number will need to get down 25 before Opening Day, although there will likely be at least a couple of players on the Disabled List as well.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Option Arcia, Roster at 49 started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      This really isn't a surprise. Arcia is going to be the key to wether or not Morneau or Willingham get traded. If he continues to rip the cover off the ball, he'll be up by July.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Rochester OF of Ramirez/Boggs loser, Benson, Arcia (Bigley, Thomas)
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      It's been said elsewhere that often it is the best prospects who are the ones cut first, once it becomes clear that there's nothing they can do the rest of spring training to make the big club. The injury seems to be the trigger for that with Arcia.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Also, if a player on the 40-man roster is injured, he stays on the major league roster until he is removed from the disabled list. If you know a prospect is not going to make it, you cut them early. You can also bring them back in to play in split squad games and such. What makes such a move a big deal, if they are in the majors, even injured, service time happens.
    1. Steve Lein's Avatar
      Steve Lein -
      Got to see Arcia in a bunch of the ST games last week. He definitely looked behind the curve due to the injury. K'd in over half the plate appearances I saw, and pretty much all of them were ugly at-bats. It was as a bit disappointing, but not all that unexpected given the circumstances. Hopefully he gets caught up fast hitting wise, looked fine out in RF.
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Unless he gets hurt or falls into a Benson-esque funk down at AAA he should be up for good as soon as Willy, Doumit or Morneau is traded.
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