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Twins activate Oswaldo Arcia from the disabled list and demote him to Triple-A

May 14, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

Oswaldo Arcia AP

Oswaldo Arcia was Minnesota’s starting right fielder when he was shut down with a wrist injury during the first week of the season and now that he’s finally healthy six weeks later the Twins have decided to demote him to Triple-A.

It’s an odd move in part because Arcia spent most of last season in the majors and more than held his own, hitting .251 with 14 homers in 97 games for an above-average .734 OPS at age 22, and in part because with Josh Willingham also injured the Twins have been using light-hitting infielders like Eduardo Nunez and Eduardo Escobar in the outfield corners and are also giving lots of action to a seemingly washed-up Jason Kubel.

So instead of just sticking Arcia back in the lineup where he ended last season and began this season they’ll keep trotting out a patch-work outfield and force him to spend more time at Triple-A, where he’s hit .311 with a .978 OPS in 50 career games.

  1. hansob - May 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Just a matter of time before Kubel turns into a pumpkin and gets released. It’s already started (5 for his last 32 with 17 K’s, 0 extra base hits).

  2. dluxxx - May 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    SMH. I don’t even… WHAT????

    I’m going to go home and drink heavily tonight. Then I can just pretend this is something I imagined when I was drunk…

    • happytwinsfan - May 14, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Can I join you? Never mind, at such times I prefer to drink alone.

  3. nvandy42 - May 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Wow… While we’re at it, Can we demote Gardy to Triple A and have Molitor take his spot? There’s a move that might actually work out for once

    • Tim OShenko - May 14, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      I swear Gardy is trying to get fired. First there was the Bartlett fiasco (in which two replaceable yet actually useful backup OFs were let go via waivers so Gardy could have his washed-up infielder…who ended up retiring anyway), then the parade of shortstops in the outfield, his attempts to drop all position players in favor of a 20-man bullpen, letting Guerrier pitch… At this point, sending useful players back to AAA is just so much icing on the cake.

      The surprising thing is, the Twins record isn’t any worse than what was expected going into the year.

  4. kardshark1 - May 14, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Twins beings Twins. Nothing to see here, move along.

  5. captainbunchypants - May 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Clearly the guy’s not white. This puts i him at a competitive disadvantage with the Twins

    • billyboots - May 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      That is about as ignorant a comment as I have seen on a pure baseball thread in a long, long time.

  6. mplsjoe - May 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM


  7. yahmule - May 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    I love Arcia’s potential, but he swings and misses a lot even when completely healthy. I can see the wisdom in giving him some low pressure AAA at-bats to get his stroke back.

  8. schke - May 15, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    This is about Arcia’s attitude and drive folks. Gardy surprised me and basically said the demotion was because the organization basically wants to see him play and WANT to be in the lineup and play. Arcia has a history of sitting out and complaining of some pretty weak sounding “injuries” and takes himself out of the lineup.

    I just wish Gardy and the organization would show some tough love to their 23 million dollar man as well.

    • TBaySlim - May 15, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      never fails to amaze me with the Twins way. You have a s.s playing center, you have a C.F who cant hit to save his life, keeping bartlett as some one above stated. Then our goof for a manager has the balls to say arcia needs to fight to be in the line up while our slap hitting 1st basemen cant stay in the line him self over a hang nail or what ever his ailments are. pathetic

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