On Wednesday, August 7th, three players in the Minnesota Twins system were involved in moves. Cedar Rapids lost a position player to the disabled list but welcomed one of their best starters back from the DL in exchange. The other transaction involved one of the team’s rehabbing spare outfield parts who was bumped up to Triple-A.
Mastroianni (left) has a questionable future in Minnesota but Parmelee (center) and Hicks (right) will almost assuredly be around in 2014. (Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)
Sent on rehab assignment to Rochester (from Minnesota): OF Darin Mastroianni (27) – went 4-10 with a pair of doubles, walks and stolen bases in three rehab games with Fort Myers. His latest rehab stop hasn’t started off so well. Mastroianni went 0-6 on Saturday to drop to 0-12 with four strikeouts in three games since joining the Red Wings.
Placed on the 7-day disabled list by Cedar Rapids: 1B Mike Gonzales (25) – has hit 0.242/.336/.433 in 34 games with stints in the GCL, FSL and Midwest League. Already 25-years old the Twins’ 2008 9th round pick has yet to advance past High-A. His lack of progress and production, not to mention his inability to stay on the field this season, make it unlikely that a stint in New Britain is in his future. Gonzales was mired in a 1-17 slump and dealing with tendonitis in his wrist before landing on the DL. This roster move was made retroactive to August 4th.
Activated from the 7-day disabled list by Cedar Rapids: LHP Brett Lee (22) – pitched 3.0 shutout innings with two hits and a strikeout in his first game back with the Kernels. Only 11 days passed between his starts which is a terrific sign as he looks to build upon a solid 2013 season – his first in full season ball. Lee now has a 3.14 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 79-23 SO-to-BB in 103.1 innings pitched.