Here are three thoughts following the Twins' win over the White Sox
SANO'S HAMMY BEARS WATCHING: Maybe he was cruising a little too much, but Miguel Sano didn't look good running the bases on Tuesday. His injured his right hamstring last week, which forced him to miss Friday's game against Houston. But the Twins can't afford to keep him out of the lineup and have asked him to take it easy on the bases. Still, he didn't look good running, and manager Paul Molitor noticed. ``You don't know if he's being overly careful or if that is all he's got,'' Molitor said. ``We'll probably chat about that. It doesn't bother him to swing. He's a tough guy to take out of there. The trainers have told me that his risk is fairly minimal because of his flexibility and strength that he has in the leg. But we have to keep an eye on it.'' Sano said he treats his hamstring for 45 minutes before each game and then some more after games. If he had to, he said he could play third base. So he's not worried about it.
SOX HAND TWINS RUNS: One constant during the season series have been the outbreaks of sloppy baseball by the White Sox. And it came into play on Tuesday when Kurt Suzuki tried to bunt Eduardo Escobar over to third. The Twins got the bonus plan there, when pitcher Zach Duke fielded the ball and threw into foul territory. It was almost predictable as he grabbed the ball and fired into the ground in front of first baseman Dave LaRoche. Then Tyler Saladino could have started a double play when Byron Buxton hit a hard grounder to him. But he paid the price for peeking at second before he had the ball. He ended up getting five-holed, putting runners on second and third. This is one of the many reasons Chicago has underachieved this season.
THOUGHTS ON BERRIOS: There seems to be a belief out there that the Twins are being cheap by not calling up Jose Berrios. That could not be further from the truth. This is not about money. I heard during the recently-completed road trip that Berrios' innings were going to make it hard for them to call him up. That, plus the Twins are concerned about putting him in the bullpen when he hasn't been there since 2012 - and ask him to produce during a pennant race. Their second reason shouldn't be an issue, because the Twins have spent the last couple of seasons trying out young players all over the diamond. If they didn't take a leap of faith with Miguel Sano, where would they be? But if they are concerned about Berrios' innings - he threw 140 last season and is at 161.1 this season - then don't call him up. Many teams follow a similar path when dealing with prospects. The Twins are doing it with Kohl Stewart, and I'm sure there are others in the system they probably are being careful with right now. Some fans have moved on to the next argument, that the Twins should have monitored Berrios' innings during the season. How do they do that? First of all, he has to be pitching well. And if he's pitching well, how can they hold him back when he needs to face hitters and continue to develop? My criticism is that Berrios should have started the Aug. 14 game against Cleveland instead of having a bullpen game. That should have been Berrios' game, then he could have moved to the bullpen. But all of this is classic second-guessing, isn't it? Who knows? The Twins might decide to call him up anyway.