By La Velle
The Twins have released reliever Luis Ayala after failing to work out a deal.
There was legitimate interest from Pittsburgh, and there are indications that Eric Hinske’s name came up in the discussions. But once Hinskie was dealt to the Yankees, trade talks with the Pirates were dead.
Hinske makes sense because Twins manager Ron Gardenhire mentioned to us a couple weeks ago that he wouldn’t mind having a veteran off the bench who could hit a little and could handle not playing regularly.
Nick Punto (sore lower back) and Justin Morneau (sore left groin) both are confident that they will be in the lineup Friday against the Motown Tabbies. But Mike Redmond’s bruised right forearm might knock him out for awhile.
Although the bullpen is on a major roll right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Twins go to 12 pitchers soon.
And some Twins felt Jose Guillen’s slide that injured Punto was dirty. He didn’t get much of the bag, did he?