Central Intelligence

A month into the season, AL Central rosters are dotted with former Twins. Here’s an update on how they’re doing:

 

Indians: Chris Colabello batted .385 in spring training, but the first baseman, in camp on a minor league deal, didn’t make the team. The 33-year-old veteran, who is batting .239 with two homers for Class AAA Columbus, has hopes of being called up during the season. His career was derailed by an 80-game PED suspension last year.

 

Royals: After batting .285 — the first time in his eight-year career he batted above .200 — with four homers in 56 games last season, Kansas City re-signed Drew Butera last winter. Now 33, he is only 3-for-16 (.188) this year, but Kansas City always has valued his defense as a backup to Salvador Perez.

 

Tigers: John Hicks never played for the Twins, but he spent a year on the 40-man roster until being claimed by Detroit last April. It’s a loss the Twins feared they might regret, and Hicks made sure of it by homering against them last weekend. Hicks is a catcher, but he’s playing first base (7-for-14 entering Saturday) while Miguel Cabrera is hurt.

 

White Sox: Anthony Swarzak won 16 games in four seasons in Minnesota, Mike Pelfrey 11 games in three years in the rotation. Swarzak is trying to resurrect his career, and he hasn’t given up a run in his first 11⅔ innings in Chicago’s bullpen. He won Friday in relief of Pelfrey, who has a 5.00 ERA in two starts (nine total innings) since being called up April 22.