The Twins are down to three healthy outfielders, Denard Span, Delmon Young and Jason Repko. Michael Cuddyer is healthy, but with no one else available to play first base he isn't available for outfield duty until Justin Morneau returns. With the rosters expanding today, who is available to solve this problem?
The first question is do the Twins really need another outfielder. It looks like there is a real possibility that Morneau may not return this season, thus, Cuddyer will be staying at first base. How serious is Kubel's injury? Initial reports indicated that the X-Ray was negative, so he should be back in a few days or a week or so? Adding an outfielder not only makes a lot of sense, it may be a necessity.
The only postion player on the 40-man roster who is not currently with the Twins (Plouffe and Morales were called up today) or on the disabled list (Punto, Morneau and Luke Hughes at Rochester) is Estarlin De Los Santos. De Los Santos is an infielder who is a long way from being major league ready. So there isn't any help on the 40-man roster. Thus, anything the Twins do will require them to make another 40-man roster move. They will likely be taking a player or two off the roster after the season so it shouldn't be a problem doing that now.
The outfielders at Rochester are Dustin Martin, Brandon Roberts, Jacque Jones and utility man Brian Dinkelman. Martin had a great first couple months and hasn't done much since. Jones was also very good before his injury and was out until a few weeks ago. Dinkelman has had a solid season while Brandon Roberts has been Rochester's best hitter since his promotion last month, is an excellent defensive outfielder and has a lot of speed on the bases. Another move that could be considered would be to call up Brock Peterson, he could play first base with Cuddyer moving to the outfield, when needed.
Or could they go to New Britain and call up Joe Benson? Benson will have to be added to the 40-man roster this fall, thus, he would be the logical choice over Ben Revere who won't need to be added to the roster until after the 2011 season.
The sentimental move would be to add Jacque Jones to the 40-man roster and bring him back for the pennant race. He is an ex-Twin and a veteran who just may get a key at bat or two in the final stretch. Assuming the Twins make a roster move and call up an outfielder.....who do you think it will be?