Twins-Rockies: Sunday morning notes, plus lineups

Posted on May 18th, 2008 – 10:12 AM
By La Velle

Well, it looks like Danny Graves another good outing for Class AAA Rochester as he burns up the comeback trail. I’m sure the Twins are tracking his progress intently and thinking the former All-Star might be able to slide into the back of the bullpen if needed.

The only problem now is that the Twins’ 40-man roster is full, but that’s not really a problem because a team usually can find someone to sneak through waivers to make room for someone. As someone pointed out, they could always move Pat Neshek to the 60-day DL, which free up 40-man space.

Notice that Denard Span went 2 for 2 with THREE walks on Saturday. He’s batting .457 over his last ten games. Overall, he’s batting .378 with a .486 on base percentage.

You know, if Carlos Gomez’s wrist needs a few days to heal, the Twins may call Span back up, let Gomez get plenty of rest and see what Span can do in center. Why not? Gomez is the center fielder of the present and future, but there’s nothing wrong with having depth – or someone other teams may want to trade for.

Longtime baseball scribe Jack Etkin of the Rocky Mountain News wrote about Justin Morneau finally facing fellow British Columbia native Jeff Francis today. Check it out.

Finally, props to all the Twins fans who came out for the series. You people were everywhere.

12:47 update: Wait till you see today’s lineup.

Gomez is not in the lineup again because of a sore right wrist. He’s working out before the game and could be a defensive option. But it hurts him to twist his wrist from right to left or dip his hand straight down. Indications are that he won’t swing a bat today.

Gomez, Gardy said a few minutes ago, has a couple days to get healthy. Or the Twins may be cautious, DL him and call up Span.

Mike Redmond is in the lineup instead of Mauer, which is normal for a day game after a night game. It’s hard for me to look at this lineup today without Mauer in it. Gardy pointed out that Mauer strained his neck on Friday and they are in a stretch of 40 games in 41 days. So he’s got to use Redmond when he can.

I understand that, but this team is struggling to score runs. Michael Cuddyer is batting .240. Howie Clark is in the lineup (again, wait till you see the lineup). Kevin Slowey is on his first date with a baseball bat. Nick Punto and Matt Tolbert, two hustle guys are on the DL. I might have gambled today.

Here’s the lineup. Sit down and count to ten before you read it. Then count to ten again. Remember, there are some injuries….

Twins (21-21): 1. Brendan Harris, 2B. 2. Delmon Young, LF. 3. Craig Monroe, CF. 4. Justin Morneau, 1B. 5. Michael Cuddyer, RF. 6. Mike Redmond, C. 7. Howie Clark, 3B. 8. Adam Everett, SS. 9. Kevin Slowey, P.

Rockies (16-27): 1. Willy Taveras, CF. 2. Clint Barmes, SS. 3. Matt Holliday, LF. 4. Todd Helton, 1B. 5. Garrett Atkins, 3B. 6. Brad Hawpe, RF. 7. Jeff Baker, 2B. 8. Chris Iannetta, C. Jeff Francis, P.


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