Morales conference marks return of GM Ryan

Designated hitter Kendrys Morales’ news conference on Sunday brought back a familiar face to Target Field.

General Manager Terry Ryan sat next to Morales and addressed the media about the acquisition. It’s the first time Ryan has assumed the reins of power since February, when cancer in his neck was diagnosed.

“This is a good day for the organization; I’m happy to be back,” Ryan said in his opening remarks.

Ryan won’t be back completely to resume day-to-day activities, but he said he will take some of the load off assistant GM Rob Antony, who has filled in for Ryan and will travel on the Twins’ nine-game road trip that begins Monday in Toronto.

Ryan is still going through physical therapy to help with swallowing, but he recently traveled to Class A Cedar Rapids as part of his annual trip to every affiliated minor league team.

Despite his absence, Ryan still displayed a witty sense of humor at the podium in his return.

“I’m not quite 100 percent like [Morales] is,” Ryan said. “He’s more ready to take on than I am. I’m about 80 [percent].”

Day off for Mauer

First baseman Joe Mauer received the day off on Sunday to rest, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. While he hasn’t had the typical Mauer season this year, Ryan thinks the 2009 American League MVP will return to form soon.

“His track record is too good, his health is good,” Ryan said. “There’s no reason he can’t string together about four or five games here quickly. It’ll return.”

Mauer is batting .264, the lowest batting average in his career with more than 200 at-bats into a season. Ryan said he has watched most of the Twins games this season and feels Mauer has just been unlucky so far.

“I think that’s a fair assessment,” Ryan said. “He scorched that ball [Saturday] I think that was up the middle [in the sixth]. With the shifts going on some of those things that are base hits in years past aren’t anymore.”

Minor details

The Twins still hope that third baseman Miguel Sano, out for the season because of Tommy John elbow ligament surgery, will be able to get some at-bats as a desiginated hitter before the end of the minor league season. Brad Steil, the Twins director of minor league operations, said Sano is no longer wearing a brace, but it will be three or four weeks before he will be evaluated again. If that goes well, he could get the go-ahead to start playing catch.

Outfielder Byron Buxton, hampered most of the season because of a sprained left wrist, is beginning to make progress and could start playing catch this week.

Outfielder Max Kepler, who was limited to 61 games last season while he rehabilitated a strained flexor tendon in his left elbow, is back on the DL at Class A Fort Myers because of more problems. He was in the Twin Cities over the weekend to see Twins doctors. Steil said this problem is more forearm-related and Kepler should be able to play in a week. “Kepler said he tweaked it the other night,” Steil said. “He said it felt tight.’’

Etc.

• Outfielder Sam Fuld went 1-for-3 with a double Saturday and 1-for-3 Sunday in his first two games on rehab assignment with Class AA New Britain. Fuld has been on the disabled list since May 8 because of concussion symptoms.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Toronto 104 FINAL
Indiana 91
Cleveland 103 FINAL
Detroit 95
Milwaukee 109 FINAL
Miami 102
Memphis 109 FINAL
Dallas 90
Chicago 113 FINAL
Golden State 111
Washington 98 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
NY Rangers 1 FINAL
NY Islanders 4
Arizona 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 4
Winnipeg 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Washington 3 FINAL
Columbus 4
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL
Carolina 4
Dallas 2 FINAL
Montreal 3
Detroit 5 FINAL
Florida 4
Colorado 3 FINAL(OT)
Nashville 4
Buffalo 1 FINAL
Calgary 4
Minnesota 2 FINAL
Edmonton 1
Anaheim 4 FINAL
Vancouver 0
Ball State 47 FINAL
Akron 59
Northern Ill 46 FINAL
Bowling Green 56
Western Mich 71 FINAL
Buffalo 77
Ohio 40 FINAL
Eastern Mich 76
Xavier 66 FINAL
Georgetown 53
Vanderbilt 62 FINAL
Georgia 70
West Virginia 65 FINAL
Kansas State 59
Central Mich 53 FINAL
Kent State 63
Saint Josephs 48 FINAL
La Salle 53
Nebraska 44 FINAL
Michigan 58
Miami-Ohio 65 FINAL
Toledo 70
Tulsa 62 FINAL
Tulane 55
George Washington 48 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 72
Pittsburgh 67 FINAL
Virginia Tech 70
Indiana State 78 FINAL
Evansville 89
Tabor College 53 FINAL
Oral Roberts 94
Florida 52 FINAL
Alabama 50
Tennessee 64 FINAL
Arkansas 69
Texas A&M 71 FINAL
Auburn 61
Baylor 53 FINAL
Oklahoma State 64
DePaul 0 Postponed
Providence 0
Michigan State 0 Postponed
Rutgers 0
Wyoming 44 FINAL
Utah State 56
Fresno State 47 FINAL
San Diego St 58
UNLV 67 FINAL
Nevada 62
SD Christian 54 FINAL
CS-Bakersfield 79
Colorado State 78 FINAL
Boise State 82
Temple 71 FINAL
UCF 54
Campbell 42 FINAL
Presbyterian 51
Coastal Carolina 65 FINAL
High Point 73
Gardner-Webb 49 FINAL
Radford 59
UNC-Asheville 58 FINAL
Liberty 62
Winthrop 63 FINAL
Longwood 62
Columbia International 33 FINAL
Charleston Southern 74
Tulane 63 FINAL
Houston 46
(3) Baylor 89 FINAL
TCU 67
Navy 49 FINAL
American Univ 59
Valparaiso 42 FINAL
Illinois-Chicago 60
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How optimistic are you about the 2015 Twins?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close