While the trade rumors market remains quiet, at least in terms of Twins players, here are a few nuggets of note worth a mention on an off day.
- Joe Mauer has been reinstated as of today, meaning he can join the team tomorrow when they open up a series against Kansas City. It will be his first game since last Monday, when Papa Joe had gone 3-for-4. It'll be good to have him back, but you know that if he could take more time off to be with his wife and premature twins - he would. And with a sense of perspective, who could blame him?
- Drew Butera's stint with the Twins lasts two games and three at-bats, in which he was 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Apparently he has one option year remaining, since he's been optioned to Rochester. He remains on the 40-man roster for the time being.
- Wilkin Ramirez has been cleared to begin his rehab stint, having sufficiently pleased his doctors that his concussion like symptoms have passed. The Twins could recall him anytime between a few days from now and three weeks, depending on Ramirez's progress and how he looks. Clete Thomas has hit .176/.263/.250 since July 1, and if that performance continues it's easy to see Ramirez taking his place at some point in August.