Nelson Cruz isn’t sure the Twins’ lineup could be more dangerous than it has been. But they did add an extra bat Tuesday, June 4, when the six-time all-star was activated from the injured list.
Tuesday marked Cruz’s first game since May 12 when he exited with wrist pain. The injury was diagnosed as a wrist strain, and the Twins held him out of action longer than originally anticipated to wait until he was pain free.
“Hopefully, it doesn’t come back, but definitely, I’ll keep getting treatments and keep working on it,” Cruz said.
So now, every Twins position player is finally healthy for the first time all season.
Third baseman Miguel Sano was out to begin the season and Cruz and catcher Mitch Garver got injured during the same week in May.
When Garver was placed on the IL, Sano came back.
Tuesday, they were all in the same lineup in Cleveland.
“At one point during spring training, we all thought about this,” Cruz said. “So hopefully everything works out the way we planned.”
This leaves manager Rocco Baldelli with more everyday players than he has spots for on a daily basis, but the manager has been doing a good job thus far of rotating players in and out of the lineup and making sure all get ample rest.
Baldelli said the Twins would divvy up the at-bats as best they could.
“In situations like this, our players, they’re smart guys. They can look around and realize we have a lot of guys here who are good at what they do and not every person is going to be able to play every single day,” Baldelli said. “We’ve been dealing with this as the season has gone on. It becomes a little more exaggerated now with the extra everyday player with us. But I think we’ll be able to make it work.”
Twins' draft: Day 2
In the second day of the draft, the Twins went heavy on college players, drafting four pitchers and four infielders.
They kicked off the day by selecting Oregon shortstop Spencer Steer in the third round. Steer slashed .349/.456/.502 in his junior season at Oregon.
Seth Gray, a third baseman from Wright State, was the fourth-round selection. Gray hit .345/.482/.629 as a junior.
“When we looked at different parts of the draft, we looked at that college middle infield board and that was definitely the strongest group of all of them,” scouting director Sean Johnson said.
The Twins followed their first two picks of the day with Will Holland (SS), Sawyer Gipson (P), Anthony Prato (SS), Casey Legumina (P), Brent Headrick (P) and Ben Gross (P).
“Holland, we thought he was a Day 1 guy going into the season,” Johnson said. “He had a bad year, but we love his tools and the athlete there so … to get him in that round, we felt good about that.”
The only high school player the Twins took in the first 10 rounds was first-rounder Keoni Cavaco. The draft will conclude on Wednesday.
Twins drink deal
The Twins announced the “First Drink on Us,” ticket deal on Tuesday for four games in June.
Fans who purchase the tickets can get $15 ballpark access, which also includes a $10 voucher for food and beverages redeemable around Target Field.
The deal is available for the June 11 and 13 games against the Mariners and June 25 and 27 games against the Rays. It is on sale through 10 p.m., while supplies last.