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It was a rather busy weekend and little time in front of the computer. So, unfortunately, today you get another “NOTES” blog today. But there are quite a few things here for you.
- Thank you very much to those who attended the the TwinsCentric Viewing Party on Friday night at Smalley’s 87 Club. We had a terrific turnout, and it was a great time. Lindsay Guentzel did a tremendous job of organizing the event. And we were able to raise a lot of money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Hopefully we can have a couple more get-togethers and more Twins fans can be there.
- On Friday, I had to be the bearer of a couple of bad news notes. Those of you who follow me on Twitter saw them early in the afternoon. First, I was informed that Angel Morales had a setback in his elbow rehab, was having pain again and will now have Tommy John surgery this week. As a position player, the recovery is generally six to nine months so he could be ready to go by spring training.
- Soon after, I tweeted that Joe Benson would be having his knee scoped and would likely miss about three weeks
- I went to my book, Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook – 2011 and looked at my prospect ranking. Six of my top 11 Twins prospects have been out for a time this season due to injury.
- #3 – Aaron Hicks – missed about 10 days with his bruised thumb.
- #4 – Joe Benson – will miss the next 3-4 weeks after knee surgery.
- #5 – Alex Wimmers – I certainly hope the “flu-like symptoms” that put him on the DL are doing better.
- #7 – Angel Morales – Will miss the remainder of the season with Tommy John surgery
- #10 – Oswaldo Arcia – had arthroscopic elbow surgery in early May and likely out two months.
- #11 – David Bromberg – out a couple of months after broken right ulna after being struck on the mound by a line drive.
- My choice for the Twins May minor league hitter of the month was SS Brian Dozier. He was out several days with a sprained ankle. He returned to the lineup, hit a grand slam and then he was promoted to New Britain.
- The MLB draft will start tonight with the first round and the supplemental first round picks. The Twins do not pick until the 30th overall pick because they had the third-best record in baseball in 2010. They also have the 50th pick (compensation for Orlando Hudson) and the 55th pick (compensation for losing Jesse Crain). Be sure to read my new TwinsCentric blog called Drafting in the AL Central. It looks at the last ten drafts of the Twins and the other AL Central teams.
- If you have a chance, listen to last night’s SethSpeaks.net Sunday Night Twins podcast for a half-hour of Twins talk.
- Tonight, Travis Aune and I will be co-hosting Twins Minor League Weekly.
- By the way, I blog most days throughout the week, but I am posting new things to Twitter throughout the days and nights. So, if you’re interested in getting a lot more information from me, be sure to sign up for Twitter and follow me.
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