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Medical records impeding Twins' trade for Garcia

Relief prospect Nick Burdi was the player the Twins were going to send Atlanta in exchange for lefthander Jaime Garcia, according to a Fox Sports report.

According to the report, the Braves backed off once they looked at Burdi's medical information. This is where it gets strange, because Burdi already is out for the year because of Tommy John surgery. One baseball official told me that the Braves have not been afraid to trade for pitchers coming off of Tommy John surgeries. So they know what they are getting into.
 
So that's the strange part, a team being willing to trade for an injured player but then backing off because of medicals. The Twins were confident they had a deal wrapped up Thursday night, only to be tripped up by Atlanta. The was going to be Burdi for Garcia and possibly a second player (most likely a player to be named later).
 
Burdi is considered a future closer, someone who has hit 100 miles an hour with his fastball to go with a wipeout slider. He posted a 0.53 ERA in 14 appearances - with 20 strikeouts in 17 innings - when he came down with elbow sorness following a May 21 appearance.
 
It just so happens that Nick's brother, Zack, is also out for the season because of Tommy John surgery while pitching in the White Sox organization.
 
Meanwhile, the Twins and Braves continue to be in contact about Garcia. There's still a chance the deal could go down but, of course, the Twins will have to come up with another prospect to send Atlanta than Burdi. Garcia, meanwhile, made his scheduled start on Friday against the Dodgers. Atlanta had a replacement starter ready to step in if Garcia had been dealt, but he was not needed. 
 
So on to tonight, where the 1987 World Series team will be celebrated, and the Twins then take on the Tigers.
 
Miguel Cabrera, who suffered a bruised clavicle on Friday night when he was struck while trying to field a hard grounders, is not in the Tigers lineup. Cabrera rarely lets injuries take him out of the lineup, so he must be pretty sore.
 
Twins manager Paul Molitor said before the game that the shortstop position no longer belongs to Jorge Polanco. He's going to use Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza based on matchups and who is hot at the plate. Jorge Polanco has struggled since early June, at the plate and in the field. And Molitor said he can't wait for Polanco to turn things around when the games are meaningful.
 
Glen Perkins pitched for the Twins rookie team in the Gulf Coast League, the first time he's faced hitters since early last season. Molitor said Perkins touched 90 miles per hour during his outing.
 
"The best part is that he felt good," Molitor said.
 
Perkins is expected to pitch for the rookie team at least one more time before moving to Class A Fort Myers.
 
Tigers
 
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Alex Pressly, RF
Alex Avila, C
Nicholas Castellanos, 3B
V-Mart, DH
Mikie Mahtook, CF
Andrew Romine, SS
Jose Iglesias, SS
 
Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
 
Twins
 
Brian Dozier, 2B
Max Kepler, RF
Miguel Sano, 3B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Robbie Grossman, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Zack Granite, CF
Jason Castro, C
 
Kyle Gibson, RHP

Postgame: Duffey fired up over defense; Belisle throws longest outing

    Three extras from the Twins’ fifth loss to the Tigers in seven games this year:

    If you were watching tonight’s Twins game on TV, you may have caught a closeup of Tyler Duffey loudly shouting one word at himself to, um, express his exuberance. Duffey had just made a terrific defensive play, stabbing a one-hopper as it bounced past the mound on the left side and then throwing out Nick Castellanos at third base.

    “When I can see the ball coming at me, I’m pretty good at getting to it,” Duffey said. “I got it in the webbing, and I was like, wait. I suddenly realized that Castellanos had taken off [from second base], and I went, well, Sano’s right there. So it was one of those things where everything worked out.”

    Everything hadn’t worked out one batter earlier, though, when Victor Martinez hit a similar chopper to the right side of the mound.

    “I really wanted to make that play,” Duffey said. “I reached for it, but I don’t know what happened. I don’t know if it went in my glove.”

    Instead of a double play, Duffey deflected it to Brian Dozier, who threw out Martinez with Castellanos moving up. That’s why the righthander shouted a bad word after he got the next one.

    “I was shouting because I felt like, ‘Finally. Next time, make that play the first time,” he said.

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    With Ervin Santana making an unusually early exit — his shortest start since May 24, 2016, in fact — Twins manager Paul Molitor was faced with having to get some extra work from his bullpen. Fortunately, with Thursday off, everyone was rested.

    But Molitor leaned on veteran righthander Matt Belisle more than he has all season — 36 pitches, in fact, to record seven outs. Not only is that the first time he’s thrown more than 30 pitches as a Twin, but he hasn’t thrown more than 36 in a couple of years, since May 26, 2015. So it was an unusual request by a manager who’s been looking for a long reliever all year.

    Not that he thinks Belisle can become one, especially at 37 years old. But it sure came in handy for one night.

    “I was glad Matty was able to do that for us. He was rested, and [as] you try to map out the game, I was hoping to get close to 2 2/3 [innings]. And it worked out,” Molitor said. “We’re using different people in those roles, depending on who’s freshest, We’re still limited on anybody who can give us real length. but he did a nice job of extending the game in the middle innings.”

    In fact, Belisle allowed only one hit, struck out two, and didn’t allow a ball to leave the infield.

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    Miguel Sano’s All-Star hangover, if it existed, seems to be over. The Twins third baseman, just 1-for-10 in Houston once the season resumed, singled twice in Friday and drove in a run. It’s the fourth straight game with a hit, and the third straight with an RBI, and Molitor said his cleanup hitter appears back on track.

    “That Houston series, I’m sure a lot of emotion was left in Miami” at the All-Star Game, Molitor said. “But he keeps grinding. I always say, he’s got a good idea of how to use his skill set.”

    He demonstrated it on Friday. “To go the other way on his first at-bat [for a single], then get a line drive to center in an RBI situation. He kept his swing short — those are good signs for him,” Molitor said.

Final, 7/22 R H E
Detroit 44-52 5 8 1
Minnesota 49-47 6 14 1

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