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Twins put Aaron Hicks on DL, call up Oswaldo Arcia

Jun 10, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

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Aaron Hicks‘ season-long struggles now include a hamstring injury and Minnesota’s rookie center fielder has been placed on the disabled list. Oswaldo Arcia, who was demoted to Triple-A two weeks ago despite playing well in 30 games for the Twins, has been called back up to replace Hicks on the roster.

Hicks has recovered from a brutal 2-for-48 start to show some promise at the plate, but he’s still hitting just .179 with a .575 OPS and 56 strikeouts in 55 games overall.

It’ll be interesting to see how manager Ron Gardenhire divvies up the playing time in Hicks’ absence, because Arcia really has no business in center field and the only true center fielder on the Twins’ roster is Clete Thomas. Assuming that Thomas plays every day that means at least one of Arcia, Chris Parmelee, or Ryan Doumit will be on the bench.

  1. dluxxx - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    For all the promise the Twins showed early in the season, they’re only like two wins better this year than last after 60 games. That’s not very encouraging. However, their pitching staff was supposed to be better, and they’ve acually been worse. Not good, but perhaps this will force them to be sellers.

    Now we just need Willingham and Morneau to start hitting so we actually have something of value to trade…

  2. mnfan2013 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Can’t keep relying on the minor league system …. It just doesn’t work all the time …. Hicks needed to go to TRIPLE-A before comin to the big leagues . Look at all the trading the TWINS did ….. Nothing to show for . Span & revere are having a better season … And we get VANCE WORLEY. Whom is in the minors getting his head screwed on right . The best the TWINS ever did is get rid of KEVIN SLOWEY ! Praise the baseball gods for that

    • tuberippin - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:11 AM

      Because that would have made a difference for this season? 30% of the payroll goes to Joe Mauer. Add in Justin Morneau’s deal for this season and we’re talking nearly 50% of the payroll going to two guys on a small-market team. Mauer is good, but Morneau isn’t the player he used to be, whether due to injuries, aging, or both. He’s more John Olerud than Harmon Killebrew these days.

      Then the rest of the roster is filled out with just nothing. They don’t have any other active players batting over .250 aside from Mauer and Morneau (Trevor Plouffe is hitting .254 but is on the DL). The infield is all glove, no bat. The outfield is mostly no glove, no bat. The starting pitching is horrendous but made worse by signing guys like Mike Pelfrey and Kevin Correia.

      Arcia and Hicks are young and I agree they need more time in the minors…but the Twins also have nothing out there now, and they’re banking the odds that one or both guys figure it out at some point in the season and mature their respective styles of play while doing so in the bigs. They have other blue-chip prospects that they didn’t call up…or at least not yet (what up Miguel Sano??).

      Also, maybe stop adding pitch-to-contact starters to the rotation every year? Particularly when you’re sporting an outfield with almost no one that can field. It worked back in the day because Torii Hunter was a great fielder, Shannon Stewart was good, Rondell White was competent, Jacque Jones was competent. That doesn’t work when you have Ryan Doumit and Chris Parmelee out there.

      • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Miguel Sano just turned 20, and was just promoted to AA. It seems pretty silly to argue that Hicks needs more time when he was promoted directly from AA and that they should have called up Sano who hasn’t played above low A ball until the begining of this season.

        Hicks does need more time, but the Twins made their bed and need to sleep in it now. He had a really rough start (2 for 42) that has pulled his average down, but he’s started to turn things around recently. Arcia was actually playing pretty well when they sent him down in favor of Wilkin Ramirez (career minor leaguer) but that’s another story.

        If you’re goign to complain abut them not bringing up help, complain about no Kyle Gibson, who has been pretty stellar in AAA over the last month. The Twins have plenty of prospects in the pipeline, but unfortunatly, most of them are still 2+ years from contributing to the big league team.

        Anyway, the Twins are pretty much what everyone thought they would be at the begining of the year (which is what I was alluding to above). It was fun that they were competitive, but they’re still a solid 2 years from being competitive.

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