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Twins take catcher Recker off 40-man roster, but what else will they do?

The Twins have outrighted catcher Anthony Recker off the 40-man roster today. Recker was traded to the Twins on Monday, along with lefthander Jaime Garcia, in exchange for minor league righthander Huascar Ynoa.

That leaves the Twins with 38 players on their 40-man roster as the final weekend before the trade deadline is here. As recently as Tuesday, the Twins were looking for upgrades while also listening to offers for established players, kind of like buy-and-sell mode. But their four-game losing streak while Cleveland and Kansas City have surged surely has altered things. The Twins are now six games back of Cleveland in the central division and four back in the wild card.

The Twins could very easily could change course and look to just move veterans before Monday's deadline.

Was told yesterday by a team official that another loss or two could change their strategy, but how much difference can three games make? Their schedule is favorable against a floundering A's team. Sonny Gray, their staff ace, is scheduled to start Sunday but could be dealt to a contender by then.

Taking two of three this weekend puts the Twins at 51-52 on deadline day. What does that do for you?

What you should consider is, if the Twins decide to move veterans, how extensive should the purge be? Garcia? Ervin Santana? Brian Dozier? Brandon Kintzler? The daily lineup is intact. Moving those players could land pitching help for the near future. Just a thought.

Sano, Buxton both out of lineup again as Twins try to salvage L.A. finale

    LOS ANGELES — Byron Buxton took batting practice on Wednesday, and that was progress. Miguel Sano took batting practice on Wednesday, too, and that was a setback.

    Neither player is in the Twins’ lineup tonight, and they’re just hoping their absence is a short one.

    Buxton said he feels much better after two pretty miserable days of battling migraine headaches, which cause his vision to blur and sometimes makes him see double — not ideal for a ballplayer. The migraine isn’t completely gone, so the Twins aren’t ready to activate him from the 10-day disabled list, but he is hopeful that an offf day tomorrow will have him ready to play again on Friday.

    It’s the the point now, manager Paul Molitor said, where the Twins have to consider a few games of rehab in order to make sure he’s ready to play. But the Twins haven’t made that determination yet.

    Meanwhile, Molitor was in the batting cage this afternoon when Sano stepped in and started swinging at pitches.’You could tell it wasn’t comfortable for him yet,” Molitor said of his third baseman, who was hit on the hand by a Josh Fields pitch on Monday. “We feel it’s more of some type of bone bruise than ligament or bone damage. But the vibration of the swing is making it tough for him right now.”

    Sano, too, believes a day off Thursday will be enough time for him to heal, and so far, no disabled list stint is contemplated.

    With those two out, the Twins will try to snap their three-game losing streak and salvage the final game of this series against the Dodgers. It helps that Ervin Santana is on the mound, since he has a 5-4 record and 3.24 ERA in nine career starts against Los Angeles.

    Here are the lineups for Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium:



Dozier 2B

Granite CF

Mauer 1B

Escobar 3B

Rosario LF

Kepler RF

Adrianza SS

Castro C

Santana RHP



Taylor LF

Seager SS

Turner 3B

Bellinger 1B

Pederson CF

Forsythe 2B

Grandal C

Puig RF

Stewart RHP