Happy Sunday folks, hopefully your weekend is going well. We'll have your game thread for this afternoon's tilt in just a bit, but in the mean time there are a few roster moves that we need to catch up on from the last 36 hours or so.
Ervin Santana reinstated
Santana is slated to start this afternoon's contest versus a team very familiar to him in the Kansas City Royals. In three starts for Rochester, Santana put together 20.2 innings of 1.74-ERA baseball. He did only strike out 11 but the four walks is a good sign, and for a guy who hasn't been able to get into game shape until a couple of weeks ago he probably wasn't fully operational. We'll see how close he is to being all systems go in the next couple of hours.
Alex Meyer optioned to Triple-A
To make room for Santana on the 25-man roster, Meyer was sent back to the Red Wings after just two appearances with the Twins. Neither outing was particularly impressive, but he certainly had his moments where we saw hints of what kind of stuff he has to offer.
It's unfortunate that the Twins chose to send Meyer back to Triple-A, but at this point it doesn't look like the club wants to ease him into a bigger role in the bullpen quite yet. It's also quite notable that the club chose to send a reliever down instead of dealing with a rotation that now has six members. Stay tuned.
Shane Robinson on family medical leave
Keep the Robinson family in your thoughts. Shane has left the team to be with his daughter, who is in a medically induced coma, and wife in Boston. They've been there for most of the year, and I know all of you feel the same way when I say: Shane, take all the time you need and we hope for the best.
Aaron Hicks was recalled and is Minnesota's current center fielder, although both Danny Santana and Eddie Rosario have played the position.
Doug Bernier outrighted
Right now it just looks like a simple case of roster maintenance, but the Twins have cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by outrighting Bernier. Minnesota now has a single space open on the roster, which will be useful in the coming weeks in case the team should decide to make a trade or two.
Ryan Pressly undergoes MRI
Pressly came out of yesterday night's contest after a 97-mph fastball left his arm feeling strange. He said he felt "over-extended," although on the plus side Paul Molitor did says that - based on their own look - that it could just be a lat muscle strain. Pressly's MRI happened this morning, but as of this moment the results haven't been released.
That's all for now, folks. See you in a bit for the game thread, and hopefully Minnesota can leave Kansas City having taken three of four from the division-leading Royals.