Taylor's Twins Talk

Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Welcome Back, Rondell

As reported on the Twins website here, Shannon Stewart has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and Rondell White has been activated, and will rejoin the team in time for tomorrow's game against the Indians.

I have said several times on this blog that I hoped Rondell would be cut or otherwise disposed of rather than rejoining the Twins, but it's hard to fault Terry Ryan for the decision to add White to the team. With Lew Ford and Shannon Stewart on the disabled list and Torii Hunter unavailable for tomorrow's game (and very possibly joining Ford and Stewart on the DL soon), the Twins needed to call up an outfielder. Add to that the fact that Rondell's rehab stint, capped at 20 days, was set to expire on Wednesday, and the fact that the Twins have already called up Jason Tyner, leaving only Josh Rabe (who has no Major League experience) at the AAA level who would make any sense as a call-up, and all signs pointed to a return trip for Rondell.

I still hope that the Twins will find a way to part ways with Rondell, but I can't fault the decision to bring him back here. Incidentally, the Twins will have a very difficult decision to make if Torii has to go on the DL as well, especially considering that the team would like to send down a reliever in order to get back to a full 14-man position player roster.

What do I see happening? If Torii goes on the DL, I think the Twins will have to decide whether to call up Rabe or Denard Span. My preference would be for Rabe, with Jason Tyner sliding over to become the regular center fielder in Torii's absence and Nick Punto backing him up. I also think there is a chance that the Twins will send down Willie Eyre and add Chris Heintz to the team, as I discussed in a recent post.

Keep in mind that Matt Guerrier is soon to be sent off on a rehab stint that will last for an indeterminate amount of time. When Guerrier is ready to come back, probably in early- to mid-August, the Twins will have to decide whether Pat Neshek or the 14th man on the bench goes down.

I'm sure Terry Ryan's office is a mess right now as he tries to deal with a whirlwind of changes brought on by these injuries. Hopefully the Twins can hang on while they battle through this stretch.


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