By La Velle
Twins starter Scott Baker left Saturday’s game with a mild groin muscle strain. It doesn’t appear to be serious but we’ll know more after the game.
Carlos Gomez won’t play today because of the bruised calf he suffered on Friday, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t rule out the possibility that Gomez could start on Sunday.
Gomez clearly doesn’t know what to do with himself. He sat, not in front of his clubhouse stall, but inside it before the game. Never seen that before.
Gardy’s beat up, too. He’s already had two cortisone shots for an aching shoulder and did his pre-game presser on Saturday with a machine hooked up to one of his Achilles tendons.
Craig Monroe, who hails from Texarkana, Texas, starts in center tonight.
Justin Morneau is batting .373 with 7 homers and 23 RBI in 19 games against Texas since 2005.
Finally, for you minor league fans: The Twins minor league report returns this weekend. It’s not as long as we hoped, but it’s better than nothing.
The first installment deals with injuries – namely Kyle Waldrop (out for the year) and Deibinson Romero (out for a month). But I just found out a couple hours ago about another injury.
Henry Sanchez, the Twins’ supplemental pick in 2005, apparently blew out a knee a few days ago during an extended spring training game. Jim Rantz, the Twins director of minor leagues, confirmed the injury but is still waiting for details (like how bad it is and which knee is injured). Based on what I was told by my source – a major leaguer who has the same agent as Sanchez – it’s not good.
Sanchez was drafted out of high school with a supplemental pick after the first round. He was regarded as the top prep power hitter in the draft that year. But he’s played just 91 games in three pro seasons. He had hand surgery in 2006 and spent last year dealing with problems in the same hand as well as a right knee sprain.
“We just can’t keep him healthy,” Rantz said Saturday.
Twins (10-12): 1. Matt Tolbert, SS. 2. Brendan Harris, 2B. 3. Joe Mauer, C. 4. Justin Morneau, 1B. 5. Michael Cuddyer, RF. 6. Jason Kubel, DH. 7. Delmon Young, LF. 8. Mike Lamb, 3B. 9. Craig Monroe, CF. Pitching: Scott Baker
Rangers (8-16): 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B. 2. Michael Young, SS. 3. Josh Hamilton, CF. 4. Milton Bradley, DH. 5. David Murphy, RF. 6. Jarrod Saltalalongishname, C. 7. Frank Catalanotto, LF. 8. Ben Broussard, 1B. 9. Ramon Vazquez, 3B. Pitching: Sidney Ponson.