CLEVELAND — The Twins put Eddie Rosario through a full range of activities (running, hitting, outfield drills) Sunday, July 14, as the left fielder nears a return from a sprained ankle.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said there is no firm target date in mind for Rosario’s return but acknowledged that Tuesday, when the Twins return to Target Field, is a possibility. He said no decisions would be made until likely Monday or Tuesday.
Rosario sprained his ankle running the bases June 26 against the Rays and has been held out of action since then, though he was eligible to come off the injured list right before the all-star break.
“There’s an aspect of this where he could be 99 percent of the way there physically or however you want to describe it, and just getting to that point mentally where you’re confident in your ability to do everything and do it without hesitation and just be able to go out there and play,” Baldelli said.
Every player who gets hurt, Baldelli said, loses a tiny bit of confidence in their ability to perform and must reprove to himself that he can do baseball activities well. The more they get Rosario out and have him run around, the better Baldelli believes he will feel.
“To win games, you have to play well and make all the plays and do all the things you have to do,” Baldelli said. “If you can’t do all of those things and do them without hesitation, you’re probably not ready to play. And sometimes, that hurdle, that last hurdle, is actually just feeling like you can do all those things, even though you probably can do them, just actually doing them means something. And then you realize, ‘Oh, actually, that does feel OK. I can do this. I’m going to be fine.’ ”
Buxton out of lineup
Byron Buxton hit the ground hard after sprinting in and laying out for a diving catch in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game.
He was out of the lineup Sunday, and although the Twins didn’t have many details, Baldelli said the outfielder had a positive day. The plan is for Buxton to pop into Target Field on Monday so the Twins can continue to look at him.
“When you move like that, you’re going to have more impact. You’re going to have more collisions. You’re going to have more of everything and it’s going to be noticeable,” Baldelli said. “When you’re moving at that speed, it’s more difficult to do everything — to slow down, to actually make the catch, to actually do a lot of different things.”
Lewis honoredTwins top prospect Royce Lewis was named the organization’s minor league player of the week after going 6-for-17 (.353) with two home runs and three runs batted in at Class A Advanced Fort Myers.
Lewis, after a slow start to the season, has come on strong after the Florida State League All-Star Game in June. He attributed some of his recent success to fishing for starts and pressing for a call-up earlier in the season.
“I was trying to please too many people. I’m a people pleaser sometimes,” Lewis said before last week’s Futures Game. “Sometimes it haunts you, sometimes it’s really good. At the end of the day, I’ve just got to say kind of in a way ‘Forget the people,’ put up a blinder and just go about my business and work as hard as possible. And that’s what I’ve been doing lately. The talent, for me, it’ll end up coming out later.”