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Twins demote Opening Day shortstop Pedro Florimon to Triple-A

May 8, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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Pedro Florimon started 127 games at shortstop for the Twins last season and was their Opening Day starter this year, but after hitting .108 in 25 games he’s been demoted back to Triple-A.

Rookie call-up Danny Santana is now in line for an extended look at shortstop, although based on his Double-A and Triple-A numbers he’s far from MLB-ready despite a nice start to his big-league career. Eduardo Escobar is another option and the Twins also called up former Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez to fill a bench role.

As for Florimon … this may have been his only real shot at a starting gig. He’s never hit at all, in the minors or majors, and his glove isn’t quite great enough to make up for the extreme lack of offense. He got a longer leash with the Twins than he probably would have gotten with any of the other 29 teams.

  1. dluxxx - May 8, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    A lot of Twins news today. I was kinda hoping that they’d be announcing that another outfielder would be coming up as the corresponding move, not Nunez coming up, but whatever. Why wouldn’t the Twins carry 3 shortstops and 1 outfielder on the 25 man roster?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Nunez can play the outfield with the same precision with which he plays shortstop.

      • dluxxx - May 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        That’s not very comforting…

    • jwbiii - May 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      So Kubel and two utillity infielders is the plan, I guess. Chris Herrmann was also optioned.

    • Cris E - May 8, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      So far this season they’ve put LF Willingham, CF Hicks, RF Arcia, and other OF Fuld on the DL. They get Hicks back tomorrow, and while he hasn’t been hitting he’s at least familiar with the position. This all happened on top of some pretty sketchy roster design where there was only one named CF in the minors above A ball, Zach Granite. It’s an awesome name, but alas it’s his best attribute. They cut Pressely last winter, Mastrianonono was lost on waivers when they were trying to retire Bartlett, and they’ve been trying to avoid signing more CF so that Hicks and Buxton aren’t blocked. They recently picked up Wilson, but he can’t play either. It’s a mess. But hey, three catchers and a 13 man pitching staff makes the extra utility guys more important, you know?

  2. eagles512 - May 9, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Not any team-Galvis is still somehow on the phillies roster even though his confidence is so shot he can’t even run the bases correctly anymore, let alone hit or field.

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