By La Velle
Twins outfielder Rondell White was scratched from today’s Gulf Coast League game because of a sore hamstring, making it doubtful that he’ll join the Twins right after the All-Star break.
The Twins have sent lefthander Carmen Cali to Class AAA Rochester in anticipation of White’s return, but may look at other options now.
White has missed all but three games this season because of a torn right calf muscle. He has spent the last two months working out at the Twins’ year-round facility in Fort Myers, Fla.
He started an official minor league rehabilitation assignment a couple weeks ago, but has been unable to play in the outfield for consecutive games. His hamstrings became an issue late last week.
Now for minor league news…
Twins lefthander Glen Perkins is set to pitch Wednesday for the rookie Gulf Coast League team. Perkins, who has missed seven weeks because of a muscle strain near his shoulder, will make stops throughout the Twins minor league system as he builds up arm strength.
The Twins needed Perkins to help out in the bullpen early this season, but indications are that he will be stretched out to return to starting.
Righthander Kevin Slowey, who was sent back to Rochester last week, will start for the Red Wings on Thursday.
Some kid whose first name I challenge you to pronounce – Deibinson Romero – tore it up Monday for rookie league Elizabethton. Romero, a 20-year old third baseman, smashed three homers, one a grand slam, and had 10 RBI as the E-Twins won 18-0.
Jim Rantz, the Twins director of minor leagues, said Romero hadn’t shown much enthusiasm before the outburst.
“Saw him a couple weeks ago and he was just there,” Rantz said. “Don’t know if he just wasn’t into it or what. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the week goes for him. Maybe this will energize him.”
Romero had four RBI and no homers in 15 games before his explosion. E-Town is 16-2 and have destoyed teams since the short season began.
More bad news for E-Town mashing prospect Henry Sanchez, the 2005 sandwich pick between the first and second rounds.
Sanchez will fly to the Twin Cities next week to be examined by Dr. John Steubs with the expectations that he will have surgery on his right knee to clean out the dreaded, `loose bodies.’ Seriously, the only time you want to hear about loose bodies is at a frat party.
Sanchez was batting .258 with a homer and 8 RBI in 10 games at E-Town. He got off to a late start while trying to regain strength in his wrist, which was surgically repaired last year.
Angel Garcia has been promoted from Class A Fort Myers to Class AA New Britain.
Closer Robert Delaney finally has been promoted from Class A Beloit to Class A Fort Myers. Delaney, who doesn’t throw hard, already has broken Beloit’s single season saves record with 28.