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Wrist injury sends J.J. Hardy to the disabled list

May 11, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

J.J. Hardy injured his left wrist sliding into third base on a triple that proved to be the game-winning run last Tuesday and this afternoon the Twins put him on the disabled list.
Rather than replace him with legitimate prospect like Luke Hughes, Danny Valencia, or Trevor Plouffe the Twins have added to their amazing collection of banjo-hitting utility infielders by calling up Matt Tolbert from Triple-A. Tolbert is anything but deserving after hitting .232 with a .632 OPS and six errors in 27 games at Triple-A, but he’s a poor man’s Nick Punto and so naturally Ron Gardenhire loves him.
Tolbert, Punto, and Alexi Casilla each have a career OPS under .650 and Brendan Harris is the slugger of the group with a measly .266/.324/.394 career line. Two of those four will be in the lineup every day until Hardy returns and the defense will suffer as well. Harris is a terrible shortstop and both Tolbert and Casilla are mediocre at best, yet while Gardenhire is constantly praising Punto as a Gold Glove-caliber defender at every position so far he’s refused to move him away from third base.

  1. Benny Blanco - May 11, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    “Is that you Tolbert? At least you can say your calling from the Yankees”
    Someone out there has to know where that quote is from. BC, Johnny5?

  2. BCTF - May 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    The same day that Carlos Gomez goes on the DL? I suppose that’s a fair trade.

  3. Trevor B - May 11, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    I love Gardy just like most Twin’s fans do, but that guy needs to get rid of his lap dog Nick Punto, and the rest of that litter. In my opinion, this would have been a perfect time to give Valencia a little major league test for a few weeks and just most Punto and his “gold glove” around a bit.
    I’m not the coach though and this is why they pay Gardy and not myself.

  4. jwb - May 11, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    “Tolbert is anything but deserving after hitting .232 with a .632 OPS and six errors in 27 games at Triple-A, but he’s a poor man’s Nick Punto and so naturally Ron Gardenhire loves him.”
    Ron Gardenhire, career: BA .232, OPS .573. Tolbert is a poor man’s Ron Gardenhire.

  5. Cheap Seat Chronicles - May 11, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Benny, that’s “Major League” right there!! Good stuff.

    As far as Tolbert goes, I assume the club is stalling on Valencia to avoid the Super 2 push, but why not Hughes or Plouffe, neither of whom is seemingly in the club’s long-term plans.

    Well, at least we’ll be scrappy as all hell for the White Sox series, nothing pisses Ozzie Guillen off more than the aforementioned banjo-hitting middle infield types.

  6. okobojicat - May 11, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    The avoiding the Super 2 THeory is garbage because Valencia wouldn’t stay all year up with the Twins. He’d get sent back down whenever Hardy came off the DL.
    .
    Or, if he actually tore the cover off the ball so much that they didn’t send him back down, then he’d be worth losing the Super 2.

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