GameChat – Twins @ Brewers, 7:10

Another road series in a NL ballpark means another opportunity to watch pitchers swing the bat . Whoopee.

The big news out of Twinsville today, of course, is that Justin Morneau had the cast removed from his wrist, it was still weak and, therefore, he would be having surgery on his neck next week and be out for at least another six weeks. If that made you say, “huh”, welcome to the club!

My first reaction was (1) how the hell does a medical staff let a pinched nerve that’s been an issue since March go until mid June without effective treatment? Does it seem to anyone else like EVERY player eventually needs a second opinion and… if so… shouldn’t someone start wondering about the competency of those providing so many bad first opinions? and (2) Joe Mauer needs to borrow Justin’s little-used 1B mitt and learn to use it.

Less than 20 minutes after tweeting something to that effect, Joe Christensen tweeted that Gardy apparently agreed and had communicated to Mauer that getting a 1B mitt might be a good idea. Mauer didn’t object (nice of him to be so gracious, wasn’t it?). It makes sense, especially if Mauer is going to continue to be unable to catch more than two games in a row.

In other news, Jim Thome may be activated after the game tonight and Jason Kubel & Denard Span seem to be improving.

Revere, CF Weeks, 2B
Casilla, A, 2B Morgan, CF
Mauer, C Braun, LF
Cuddyer, RF Fielder, 1B
Young, D, LF McGehee, 3B
Valencia, 3B Hart, C, RF
Hughes, L, 1B Betancourt, Y, SS
Nishioka, SS Kottaras, C
Baker, S, P Wolf, P


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 6 0
Milwaukee 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 x 4 9 0


*sigh*  well… that could have sucked a little less…

I’m kind of waiting to hear if they do something with Thome after this game but they might wait until tomorrow…  I’ll add it if they do. – CB

UPDATE: Twins activate Jim Thome and option Rene Tosoni to Rochester, opting to keep 3 catchers (none of which can currently hit their way out of a wet paper bag). – JC