After starting the season as the only major league team without a player on the DL, the Twins joined the club by placing Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated finger after the win against the Royals. Of course, Francisco Liriano is already on a rehab stint in the minor leagues while not technically being on the disabled list and Kevin Slowey strained his right bicep yesterday and will miss at least 1 start with the possibility of being placed on the DL at some point. In addition, the Twins whole team has been suffering from the flu all spring, with the latest victim, Brendan Harris, missing last night's game as a result. The Twins called up Keiunta Span to replace Cuddyer on the 25-man roster. I assume with Cuddyer out the Twins' corner outfield and DH spots will be filled by Delmon Young, Jason Kubel, and Craig Monroe in some combination, so at least Kubel figures to get regular playing time with Cuddy out. At first, the choice of Span surprised me, but then I realized it shouldn't have, what with an outfield spot needing to be filled and Gardy's clear preference of Span over Jason Pridie in the spring. I would rather see Pridie get called up, but I don't have a problem with Span and it will be fun to see him make his major league debut whenever it comes.
In case anyone cares, here are their stats through two games at Rochester:
Span: 3-9, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
Pridie: 2-7, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
Continuing with the minor league theme, the Beloit Snappers (A ball) opened their season with a 10-5 loss to Kane County while striking out 16 times and committing 4 errors. Former 1st round pick Chris Parmelee started out the season in about the worst way possible, striking out in all 5 of his at bats. At least he didn't ground into any double plays, right?
P.S.- Where do I get myself a Gomez jersey? I love this guy!