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 Latest Minnesota Twins Player Notes:

Dec 26 2017 - Zach Duke
  LHP Zach Duke was signed to a one-year contract by Minnesota. Duke, 34, went 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals last season after returning midway through the campaign from Tommy John surgery. The former 2009 All-Star with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be playing for his eighth different team -- and his seventh in the past eight seasons.


Dec 15 2017 - Fernando Rodney
  RHP closer Fernando Rodney signed a one-year contract with a club option for the 2019 season, the Minnesota Twins announced Friday. The deal, which was reported Thursday by multiple outlets, could reach $6 million with incentives. Rodney, 40, spent the 2017 season as the Arizona Diamondbacks' closer, converting 39 saves and posting a record of 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA over 55 1/3 innings (26 walks, 65 strikeouts) in 53 appearances. The Dominican Republic native has played in parts of 15 major league seasons with Detroit (2002-2009), the Los Angeles Angels (2010-11), Tampa Bay (2012-13), Seattle (2014-15), the Chicago Cubs (2015), San Diego (2016), Miami (2016) and Arizona (2017). In 828 career appearances, Rodney owns a 44-63 record with 300 saves and a 3.73 ERA in 821 innings (404 walks, 824 strikeouts).


Dec 15 2017 - Fernando Rodney
  RHP Fernando Rodney agreed to a one-year contract, multiple outlets reported. SiriuxXM reported that the deal is worth $4.5 million, with incentives that could raise its value to $6 million. Rodney, 40, who recorded a 5-4 mark with a 4.23 ERA, converted 39 of 45 save opportunities last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The three-time All-Star has 300 career saves and a 44-63 mark with 3.73 ERA in 14 major league seasons with eight teams. He led the American League in saves in 2014 when he had 48 for the Seattle Mariners.


Dec 13 2017 - Michael Pineda
  RHP Michael Pineda, a free agent, signed a two-year contract with the Twins worth $10 million. The 28-year-old Pineda, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, will earn $2 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019, the Twins announced during baseball's winter meetings. Pineda was placed on the Yankees' disabled list in mid-July with a right UCL injury and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on July 18. He likely will not be available for the 2018 season as he continues his rehab but would be ready for spring 2019. He started 17 games for the Yankees last season, going 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA, 92 strikeouts and 21 walks over 96 1/3 innings.


Nov 2 2017 - Miguel Sano
  3B Miguel Sano will undergo surgery for a left shin injury that sidelined him for six weeks during the regular season, the Minnesota Twins announced Thursday. The surgery, which will include Sano having a permanent titanium rod inserted into his left shin, is scheduled for Nov. 13 in New York. Sano is expected to have a six-to-eight week recovery period before returning to baseball activities. Sano was named an All-Star for the first time last season. He batted .264 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs in 114 games.


Oct 10 2017 - Fernando Rodney
  RHP Fernando Rodney, who did not pitch in the NL Division Series, earned an extra $1.5 million in bonuses this season after signing a $2.75 million contract as a free agent last winter. Rodney was 5-4 with 39 saves and a 4.23 ERA in 61 regular-season appearances. He received an extra $250,000 apiece for reaching 40, 50 and 60 appearances, and $250,000 for 40 games finished. He received $500,000 for finishing at least 50 games.


Oct 3 2017 - Miguel Sano
  3B/DH Miguel Sano was not on the roster for Tuesday's game. Manager Paul Molitor said the reason was Sano could not generate enough force and power with his front leg during batting practice in Monday's workout. Sano fouled a ball off his shin Aug. 18 and missed 38 games. He returned for Minnesota's final three regular season games against the Detroit Tigers and was 1-for-8. Sano batted .264 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs in 114 games this season. "It was emotional for him because I know he wants to play, but we had to decide that at least for now, it's the not the right thing," Molitor said.


Oct 3 2017 - Byron Buxton
  CF Byron Buxton was lifted from Tuesday's wild-card game after the top of the fourth because of upper back tightness. In the top of the third, he sped down the first base line to avoid hitting into a double play and in the bottom of the second, he crashed into the center field fence with his back taking away an extra base hit from Yankees 3B Todd Frazier. After the game, Buxton said he was going to get some tests Wednesday.


Oct 3 2017 - Ervin Santana
  RHP Ervin Santana allowed four runs on three hits in two innings Tuesday. He allowed homers to SS Didi Gregorius and LF Brett Gardner in his fourth career postseason appearance against the Yankees. Santana threw 64 pitches and allowed the homer on fastballs. He produced the second-shortest start in Minnesota's postseason history, equaling RHP Jim Kaat, who allowed four runs and six hits in Game 3 of the 1970 ALCS versus the Baltimore Orioles. He also became the sixth starter in Minnesota history to not get a strikeout in a playoff game. The last was RHP Brad Radke, who did it in 6 1/3 innings in Game 2 of the 2004 ALDS against the New York Yankees.


Oct 3 2017 - Brian Dozier
  2B Brian Dozier became the answer to a trivia question Tuesday when he became the first player to begin a wild-card game with a homer. Dozier also became the first player in franchise history to hit a leadoff homer in a postseason game.


Oct 3 2017 - Zack Granite
  CF Zack Granite entered Tuesday's game after Byron Buxton exited with back tightness and singled in his first at-bat in the sixth. In the eighth, he appeared to reach on an error when RHP Tommy Kahnle dropped the throw from 1B Greg Bird. Instead, he was called out as first base umpire Mike Winters correctly determined Granite ran over the first base bag without touching it.


Oct 3 2017 - Byron Buxton
  CF Byron Buxton exited the American League wild-card game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday due to upper-back tightness. Buxton was lifted after the top of the fourth inning, and the injury was announced an inning later. He was replaced by Zack Granite. In the bottom of the second inning, Buxton crashed into the center field fence with his back to take away an extra-base hit New York's Todd Frazier, and he appeared shaken up while making the catch. Buxton was 0-for-2 before exiting. He tied the game at 4-4 when he hit an RBI grounder in the third against David Robertson.


Oct 3 2017 - Miguel Sano
  3B Miguel Sano was not listed on the team's roster for Tuesday's American League wild-card game against the host New York Yankees. Sano, who will not be eligible to play on Tuesday, fouled a ball off his shin in an Aug. 18 game and was sidelined for six weeks. The All-Star slugger returned for the Twins' final series of the regular season, going 1-for-8 in three contests against the Detroit Tigers.


Oct 2 2017 - Joe Mauer
  1B Joe Mauer doubled in the first inning Sunday's win over Detroit, and finished the game 1-for-3 to close out the year with a .305 batting average. It's the eighth time in Mauer's career tha he's batted over .300 but the first time since 2013. The double was also his 36th of the season, the second-highest single-season total of Mauer's career.


Oct 2 2017 - Byron Buxton
  CF Byron Buxton stole second base in the fourth inning of Sunday's win for his 24th consecutive successful stolen base. That extends his club record. It was his 29th steal of the season. Buxton finished the regular season 96.7 percent in stolen base attempts, the best percentage in Twins history.


Oct 2 2017 - Jason Castro
  C Jason Castro drove in three runs, including a solo homer, in Sunday's 5-1 win over Detroit. Castro's solo homer in the sixth inning was his 10th homer of the year, marking the fifth straight season he's hit 10 or more home runs. He also drove in two runs with a single in the third inning.


Oct 2 2017 - Bartolo Colon
  RHP Bartolo Colon gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings Sunday against Detroit to earn his fifth win as a member of the Twins. The 44-year-old Colon (7-14, 6.48 ERA overall) exited to a standing ovation in the seventh inning. Colon said he hopes to return in 2018 for what would be his 21st big league season.


Sep 30 2017 - Miguel Sano
  3B Miguel Sano was in the starting lineup Saturday for the first time since Aug. 19 after missing 38 games with a left shin stress reaction. Sano started at DH and was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Manager Paul Molitor seemed to indicate Sano would be on the postseason roster as long as he feels healthy following his at-bats this weekend.


Sep 30 2017 - Bartolo Colon
  RHP Bartolo Colon (6-14, 6.72 ERA) will start the regular-season finale Sunday. Manager Paul Molitor said he wanted Colon to pitch one more time. The 44-year-old Colon is 4-6 with a 5.50 ERA in 14 starts for Minnesota.


Sep 30 2017 - Aaron Slegers
  RHP Aaron Slegers (0-1) gave up three runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings Saturday for his first major league decision. He was making his third start of his rookie season and first since Sept. 6. He had pitched in just one game, two-thirds of an inning in relief on Sept. 17 between starts. Manager Paul Molitor was pleased with Slegers start, given the time off between games and the team making two errors behind Slegers.


Sep 30 2017 - Glen Perkins
  LHP Glen Perkins got Andrew Romine to pop out to end the ninth inning Saturday and asked for the ball after the out was recorded. Perkins, Minnesota's former All-Star closer, worked his way back to the majors this season after missing more than a year following shoulder surgery. An emotional Perkins said he kept the ball "just in case" but acknowledged Saturday might have been his last time on a major league mound. He finished with a 9.53 ERA in 5 2/3 innings this season.


Sep 30 2017 - Eduardo Escobar
  3B Eduardo Escobar was a triple from the cycle in Friday's win, and extended his career best with his 21st homer of the season. Escobar said the homer was in honor of his late grandfather, who passed away earlier this week. Escobar has been one of the biggest surprises for the playoff-bound Twins as he filled in for injured slugger Miguel Sano.


Sep 30 2017 - Miguel Sano
  3B Miguel Sano was activated from the disabled list before Friday's game after missing 38 games with a left shin stress reaction. Sano grounded out as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and said he felt good afterward. Sano could see time as the DH this weekend if he feels good after Friday's appearance.


Sep 30 2017 - Aaron Slegers
  RHP Aaron Slegers will start Saturday's game as the Twins juggle their rotation in preparation of next week's wild-card playoff game. The rookie Slegers is 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA in three appearances and two starts this season. Jose Berrios pitched in relief on Friday to stay sharp as he could be used in relief in the one-game wild card.


Sep 30 2017 - Kyle Gibson
  RHP Kyle Gibson's final regular-season start wasn't the tune-up for the playoffs he hoped for, but he said he still felt similar to his recent strong success. Gibson ended up throwing 87 pitches in 3 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. But he held Detroit off the board after allowing three runs through the first three batters he faced. Gibson could be in line to pitch in the postseason.