As first relayed by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have claimed outfielder Sam Fuld off waivers from the A’s. Fuld was designated for assignment by Oakland to open up a roster spot for Craig Gentry, who was activated from a season-opening DL stint.
Fuld had two triples, a home run, and four RBI in seven games with the A’s, but he is a .233/.312/.334 career hitter in the major leagues and seems doubtful to make much of an offensive impact in Minnesota.
The 32-year-old can play good defense at all three outfield spots, making him a useful bench piece.
Darin Mastroianni was designated for assignment by the Twins in a corresponding roster move.
After two injury wrecked seasons the Twins have been remarkably healthy so far, but their lone significant injury has provided a glimpse into the same question health marks that got the head trainer fired this offseason.
Backup outfielder Darin Mastroianni injured his ankle late in spring training, but instead of simply placing him on the disabled list to begin the season the Twins kept him on the active roster. He was too limited to actually do much, but they used him as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement.
Then, after appearing in eight games without logging a single plate appearance, the Twins deemed Mastroianni healthy enough to start two games in center field. Shortly after that he was placed on the DL and diagnosed with a stress reaction in his ankle. Initially the Twins said he’d be out three weeks, but that came and went with Mastroianni still in a walking boot and now he’s expected to miss six more weeks following surgery.
Key detail from Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com: “He initially sustained the injury when he fouled a ball of his ankle in spring training and aggravated the injury while running early in the season.”
Earlier this week outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia was called up by the Twins for all of one day as a fill-in while Wilkin Ramirez was on paternity leave. He made his MLB debut, collected his first hit and his first error, and immediately returned to Triple-A.
However, last night the Twins placed backup outfielder Darin Mastroianni on the disabled list with an ankle injury that’s bothered him since spring training and recalled Arcia to take his place on the roster. This time around Arcia will be in Minnesota for at least a couple weeks and should play regularly, although that may require some lineup juggling by manager Ron Gardenhire.
Arcia is a couple weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, which made him the sixth-youngest player in the Triple-A International League, but he hit .394 with a 1.201 OPS in 10 games there after dominating Double-A last season.