Found February 09, 2012 on
Injuries and missed playing time for the Twins in 2011 led to a farm system in a state of flux as a number of prospects were pushed into service, disrupting player development plans and timelines.

Pavano embracing leadership role with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS Carl Pavano is the resident wily veteran of the Minnesota Twins' pitching rotation, but he can relate to the issues the team's younger pitchers went through in 2011.While the Twins struggled as a team during last year's 99-loss season, many of the team's starting pitchers also had down years. Starters Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano...

Gardy: 'We'll take our chances with (Capps)'

MINNEAPOLIS Matt Capps heard the boos. How could he not? He heard them on more than one occasion, raining down on him from the Minnesota Twins faithful at Target Field. With closer Joe Nathan still recovering from 2010 Tommy John surgery, Capps was occasionally inserted into the ninth-inning role for Minnesota early in the 2011 season. But Capps struggled mightily. In a span of...

Twins' Hughes hurts shoulder in winter ball

MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins infielder Luke Hughes injured his right shoulder while playing in his native Australia this winter, and he'll be out 3-4 weeks as a result. Hughes, 27, was playing for the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League this winter. He hurt his shoulder while sliding into home during his team's semifinal game earlier this month. "Being so...

Pose for Hrbek statue remains undecided

MINNEAPOLIS Kent Hrbek already has his No. 14 retired by the Minnesota Twins. He already has a bar and restaurant named after him at Target Field, the Twins' two-year-old ballpark. But this season, the Bloomington, Minn., native and former first baseman will be honored by his hometown team in one more fashion: with a bronze statue. The Twins announced late last month that...

Hughes to have shoulder examined

Twins infielder Luke Hughes is headed to Minnesota on Thursday to have his right shoulder examined by club physician Dr. Dan Buss after injuring it in a home-plate collision in his native Australia.

Twins claim OF Mastroianni off waivers

MINNEAPOLIS With spring training in the near future, the Minnesota Twins claimed outfielder Darin Mastroianni off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.In order to make room for Mastroianni on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated right-handed reliever Esmerling Vasquez for assignment. Minnesota claimed Vasquez off waivers from Arizona in late September.Mastroianni, 26, split time...

Minnesota Twins auctioning off genuine baseball signed by fake ex-married couple

A baseball signed by former reality TV couple turned bitter exes following the termination of their fraud of a marriage, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, is being auctioned off by the Minnesota Twins in the name of charity, and unbelievably the bidding is a whopping $1,000 with just under seven days left. No doubt the final tally will be much higher when the auction finishes, which...

Twins' top pick completes intense program

Levi Michael knows he has some ground to make up after being held out of Minor League action last year because of injuries.

Hughes has MRI on right shoulder; won't be game ready for 3-4 weeks

Twins infielder Luke Hughes was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder today and could miss the first week of exhibition play.

Twins cut Vasquez to make room for Mastroianni

The Twins added Darin Mastroianni, an outfielder comparable to Jason Repko, to their 40-man roster and removed a righthanded reliever Esmerling Vasquez.
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