April 29, 2007

Some Sunday Thoughts

There are a lot of notes today, so instead of including them in the game recap today, I've decided to have an additional post. Below are some of the things happening with the team.

Castillo and Cirllo are Back...
On Tuesday, the Twins will activate Jeff Cirillo from the disabled list and will also bring Luis Castillo back to the lineup. Luis Castillo hasn't been the on DL, so they wont have to send anybody down for him. However, Cirillo has been on the DL since his surgery and the Twins will be forced to make a roster move. With both players returning, the Twins now have only Rondell White out with an injury.

Alexi Casilla Odd Man Out...
With the return of two infielders, the Twins have no choice but to send down and infielder to make room. This means that Alexi Casilla will most likely be the odd man out since the Twins seem to want him to get more playing time. Casilla has played well in his stint with the club, and he has a bright future with the team.

Haven't You Learned...
Earlier this week, Jesse Crain had a great inning against the Indians. However, Gardenhire proceeded to leave him in, and the next inning he was rocked for four runs and got the loss. Today, Crain had a great eighth inning, and used only eleven pitches. However, in the ninth inning, to the first batter, he hung a pitch and got another loss. It looks as if Crain might be just a one-inning guy.

Lineup Shuffle...
The Twins did some lineup shuffling today. The changes included Bartlett moving up from the nine spot to the number two spot, and Punto moving from the two spot up to the leadoff spot. The changes seemed to help as both players got multiple hits. We'll have to see what happens when Castillo returns on Tuesday. Will they move Punto or Bartlett down in the lineup?

Doing Good at AAA...
Terry Ryan is down at AAA this week and both Matt Garza and Scott Baker have pitched well. Baker pitched great for the second time in a row yesterday as he put up the following numbers: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. This could mean that if Ponson doesn't have a good outing against the Devil Rays, he could be out of a job.

Finally, A Moment of Silence...
Last night, the St. Louis Cardinals lost a great baseball player and teammate in a car crash. Josh Hancock died yesterday after he hit the back of a tow truck. Hancock was a key part of the Cardinals World Series team last year and had pitched three inning of Saturday afternoon's game. The game between the Cubs and Cardinals was postponed for the day. Something that makes this harder is that less than five years ago, the Cardinals lost pitcher Darryl Kile to a heart attack.

For a nice story on Hancock, and more on this tragic event, read this story.