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    Though we do not know the follow up transactions (DL and 40 man implications), Twins Daily has learned from multiple sources that Chris Colabello has been promoted to the Minnesota Twins. He'll have a very early morning flight and hope to join the Twins for Wednesday's noon game in Atlanta.

    It is possible that Colabello will take the 25-man roster spot of Trevor Plouffe, who was kneed in the back of the head on a slide at second base. He left the game and was clearly woozy. Likely Eduardo Escobar and Jamey Carroll will get time at third base. (We will update as we learn more.)



    Colabello is not on the Twins 40 man roster, so along with needing a roster spot for Sam Deduno on Friday, they will need a second spot for Colabello. Most likely, Darin Mastroianni and Tim Wood will be put on the 60 Day Disabled List.

    Colabello is a tremendous story. After spending seven years in the Can-Am (Independent) League, he was signed by the Twins last spring, with no guarantee of making a roster. He made the New Britain roster and drove in 98 runs on the year. This off-season, he dominated the Mexican Winter League and earned an invitation to Twins big league spring training. He had to leave the team for a couple of weeks to play for the surprising WBC team from Italy. He returned to camp, was optioned to Rochester and has raked since then.

    Colabello has been one of the best hitters in minor league baseball this season. He is now hitting .358/.417/.659 (1.076) with 17 doubles, 12 home runs and 39 RBI.

    Bobby Tewksbary is a long-time friend and offseason hitting instructor of Colaballo. He tweeted his excitement at the news of his friend's big league promotion. He told Twins Daily in an e-mail:

    "Every player has their own story and their own hurdles. To go undrafted, to play 7 years of indy ball, to keep playing when so many people wonder when you are just going to shut it down already... I know how much time he has invested and how thankful he is to the Twins for the opportunity they have given him. His story is rare if not unique. It is an amazing accomplishment that he put himself in the position he is in right now. As they say, getting there is one thing, staying is another. We always talk about how it is the same game, the same dimensions, the same rules. You work and prepare each day to give yourself the best chance to be successful and that doesn't change. It is just very exciting. I couldn't be happier for him and his family."

    Chris Colabello has come a long way, and he has earned this opportunity. Colabello is the type of person, with the type of story, that has to make people love the great game of baseball!
    This article was originally published in blog: Chris Colabello to be promoted to Twins started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Hell yeah!!!!!
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Welcome to the bigs, Chris!

      Feel free to check out his Adopt-A-Prospect page for more info on Mr. Colabello:
      http://twinsdaily.com/adopt-prospect...colabello.html
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Wishing Trevor a speedy recovery, but great to see the guy get a chance. I would have loved to watch him hear the big news
    1. Wanklenuts's Avatar
      Wanklenuts -
      Any idea on what to expect from him? His numbers are great in AAA, but I've seen tempered expectations on him. Is there any reason to think he could be the Chris Parmelee we all hoped we had last year after he tore up AAA?
    1. howeda7's Avatar
      howeda7 -
      Good to hear. Though, I'm not sure where the playing time will come? Is there any way he or Parmalee can play 3B?
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      The odds have been against Chris since before he signed a minor league contract with the Twins last year. I have no idea how he will do, but he deserves the chance as much as anybody right now and I can't wait to see what he does with it.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      could Plouffe go on the new concussion DL?? unlike MN to make a decision so soon
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Can he even get there by the 11AM game time ?
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Colabello will DH some, fill in for Morneau at first for a Morneau day off or a Morneau day at DH. He will also pinch hit. Escobar and Carroll are likely in the lineup now and that is good. He is not someone who needs to play every day. Having him on the roster could be highly beneficial. Replacing some pop with some pop is good, in general.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      looking at the picture, I can't help but be concerned about him swinging at pitches behind his head
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Lefty Paul Maholm is starting for the Braves, so I would not at all be surprised to see him make a start at 1B if he can get there in time tomorrow. If not, he'll be ready to pinch hit. He could be thrown into RF rather than left-handed bats Parmelee or Arcia. I would expect Escobar and Carroll to play 3B most of the time. Colabello can DH some in the AL games.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      could Plouffe go on the new concussion DL?? unlike MN to make a decision so soon
      It's possible he goes on the 7-Day DL. The timing of Colabello finding out tells me that it is Plouffe related, though it could be a situation where they were going to send Parmelee or Arcia down.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      it's about time!
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      How long is Hicks' leash? He's hitting .172 in May.

      He's hit 5 home runs across two days. Those two days seem to have bought him a lot of leeway....especially for a rookie with no time at AAA.

      Congrats to Colabello--great story!
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      These are the kinds of stories that make enduring the last few years of Twins baseball worthwhile. Looking forward to seeing Colabello the bigs. And to the re-appearance of Sam Deduno.
    1. Cap'n Piranha's Avatar
      Cap'n Piranha -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Can he even get there by the 11AM game time ?
      Since Atlanta is Delta's main hub, there is actually a direct flight from Allentown, PA (where the Wings played last night) to ATL. It left at 6:15 this morning, and will arrive at 8:19. Given that Seth broke this at 1 AM Eastern, I'm assuming Colabello would have plenty of time to make it to the airport for that flight.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Congrats! What exciting news for him. I hope he crushes.
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      I imagine him or Doumit get a lot of time on RF with Arcia being most in trouble.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Piranha View Post
      Since Atlanta is Delta's main hub, there is actually a direct flight from Allentown, PA (where the Wings played last night) to ATL. It left at 6:15 this morning, and will arrive at 8:19. Given that Seth broke this at 1 AM Eastern, I'm assuming Colabello would have plenty of time to make it to the airport for that flight.
      No doubt... Atlanta is pretty easy to fly to.

      I hope he is in the lineup today. With a portsider on the mound it would seem to fit. I hope he can provide a little inspiration.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Dozier... but it all depends on Plouffe's health. I think that Dozier is in deeper doghouse than Parmelee now.
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