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  • Twins Drop Burroughs. But Why?

    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.

    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.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Drop Burroughs. But Why? started by Nick Nelson
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. Kdj2002's Avatar
      Kdj2002 -
      I really can't lend any logic to the roster moves until Clete Thomas is addressed. I feel sorry for him because he is so over matched at this level.
    1. savvyspy's Avatar
      savvyspy -
      When your front office is this incompetent you are left discussing the merits of dumping a guy batting under .200 in favor of the worst hitter the majors has seen in 50 years. Good times.
    1. Montecore's Avatar
      Montecore -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      anti-depressents might help you deal with your anger and sadness. Other than that strap into your seat for a long nasty ride of Twins futility. Maybe catching a little league game of baseball might restore some faith within your baseball wreckage.
      Already on anti-depressants (who isn't?). However, to be relentlously monotonous about it - I don't believe they will play for Gardenhire. Maybe, it's subconscious, but they're tuning him out. If it's Molitor who's in line for the job, it'd be nice to see a new regime in place even if they are headed for an epic fail which seems likely.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports the Orioles plan to sign free agent 3B/SS Miguel Tejada if he can pass a Monday physical.
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports the Orioles plan to sign free agent 3B/SS Miguel Tejada if he can pass a Monday physical.
      Good. Maybe they will be willing to trade Hardy back to us. What broom closet did we stick Hoey in?
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by gil4 View Post
      Good. Maybe they will be willing to trade Hardy back to us. What broom closet did we stick Hoey in?
      Toronto claimed him this off-season when the Twins tried to pass him throw waivers
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