Mike Berardino / St. Paul Pioneer Press
NEW YORK — There are better places than Yankee Stadium to show up with a .091 batting average and have that displayed on the Jumbotron in center field, but Logan Morrison wasn't too worried about hecklers this week. "I've heard a lot of stuff but it's not original," the Twins first baseman said before the series began. "It's, 'You suck,' all that kind of stuff. I mean, they'll boo me, but other than that ..."
NEW YORK — Byron Buxton's rehab assignment at Class A Fort Myers has been temporarily derailed, but not by a return of the migraines that landed him on the 10-day disabled list last week. Buxton reported soreness after fouling a ball off his left foot while going 0 for 4 as the designated hitter in his first rehab outing on Sunday, April 22, at Bradenton, Fla. X-rays were negative and Buxton is day to day, but a return this week at Yankee Stadium appears unlikely.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage that caused Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar to collapse in the dugout during a game on Friday night, April 20, remained a source of great concern for his former teammates in the Twins' clubhouse. Pitcher Jake Odorizzi and first baseman Logan Morrison played with Farquhar the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. Morrison and Farquhar were teammates in 2014-15 as well with the Seattle Mariners.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Addison Reed didn't try to sugarcoat things Sunday afternoon, April 22, after giving up his first home run for the Twins. "It was just a stupid pitch," Reed said after the Twins fell 8-6 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Carlos Gomez's first career walk-off homer. "I don't think I could have hit the middle more if I tried. That ball was right down the middle, and he did what he was supposed to do with it."
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton made it into the visitors' clubhouse Saturday afternoon, April 21, and hoped to take batting practice for the first time since landing on the disabled list Wednesday, April 18, with migraines. If BP goes well this weekend, he hopes to get some at-bats in a minor league rehab setting before coming off the DL. Class A Fort Myers plays for three straight days at nearby Clearwater, starting Monday, April 23.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Max Kepler was back in the Twins' lineup Friday despite a right knee issue that caused him to be removed in the 10th inning two nights earlier in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "It locked up," Kepler said. "I'd say blame it on the turf, but we're playing on more turf. Hopefully the turf will go easy on me today." Like Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Tropicana Field has FieldTurf for its playing surface. Kepler planned to wear molded inserts to give him extra shock absorption in his cleats.
SAN JUAN, P.R. — Their four-day whirlwind homecoming having reached a victorious conclusion, young Twins stars Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario sat on the dais shortly after midnight local time. The questions they fielded, mostly in Spanish, gave an indication of how successful they had been as the Twins split the two-game Puerto Rico Series with the Cleveland Indians. So did the smiles on their faces.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, April 18, after being unavailable for a second straight game because of recurring migraine headaches. After being sent home from Hiram Bithorn Stadium without taking batting practice on Tuesday, Buxton stayed at the team hotel for the second and final game of the Puerto Rico Series.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Just before Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi made his 88th pitch on Tuesday night, a throaty roar rolled across the packed stands at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in the top of the fifth inning.
SAN JUAN, P.R. — Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, originally scheduled to bat eighth in the opener of this two-game Puerto Rico Series against the Cleveland Indians, was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after batting practice because of a migraine. Robbie Grossman took Buxton's spot in the lineup, bumping Max Kepler from right field to center. Left fielder Eddie Rosario has 52 career games in center (38 starts) but he missed 10 days this spring with a triceps tendinitis in his throwing arm.