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Twins Minor League Notes: Berrios promoted, Buxton back, May still injured

Just a quick update in case you missed anything.

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Jose Berrios promoted to Double-A

Berrios has been promoted from Fort Myers to New Britain. The 20-year old dominated hitters of the Florida State League, striking out 109 in 96.1 innings and 16 starts. And he only got better: the 1.96 ERA is impressive, but it was just 1.36 in his last ten starts.

Double-A will be a challenge for Berrios. Or at least, it should be. He was 3.2 years younger than the average player in Fort Myers. It's going to be around four years now that he's up another level. Let's be patient and see what he has to offer, because with the kind of year he's been having - you just never know.

Byron Buxton returns to action

Buxton's season didn't begin until May as it was, but he missed another month before finally making his return to game action yesterday. He's been so off and on this year that it's going to take a little time to get his timing back, but he does have a few valuable weeks worth of experience yet to come this summer. He's still Baseball America's top prospect on their midseason list.

Trevor May to be out longer than initially thought, Alex Meyer takes roster spot

Remember when we were discussing May's injury, and then someone told me it was little more than some time off and that he'd be back after his seven days were up? That hasn't so much worked out. Here's a pertinent section from our discussion regarding May's injury:

Here's more on the grades of calf strain, from

Grade 1:

The muscle is stretched causing some small micro tears in the muscle fibres. Recovery takes approximately 2 to 4 weeks if you do all the right things.

Grade 2:

There is partial tearing of muscle fibres. Full recovery takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks with good rehabilitation.

Grade 3:

This is the most severe calf strain with a complete tearing or rupture of muscle fibres in the lower leg. Full recovery can take 3-4 months and, in some instances, surgery may be needed.

Multiple websites list similar phrasings for each of the grades, although each grade does carry the caveat that the rehabilitation process can be faster or slower depending on the individual and the seriousness of the strain.

It's worth noting that the Futures Game will be played on July 13. May was added to the US roster earlier this week as a replacement, and depending on how serious the calf strain is Tom Kelly may need to find a replacement for his replacement.

We don't know just how serious of an issue this strain is for May, but at the very least it now should be considered an honest grade one and not just time off. If we're looking at anything more than a grade one, it's possible that they'll just shut May down for the remainder of Rochester's season and revisit his health when it's time to consider pitching in the off-season.

Replacing May on the roster for the Futures Game will be Alex Meyer. Meyer's stuff is more impressive than May's, but it's been Meyer's command that's been an issue this season. That, and the eternal criticism of needing more consistency, seem to be what's held him back from joining the Twins. Still, we'll see him in Minnesota sometime after the All-Star break.