MILWAUKEE -- Following Thursday's 5-0 loss to the Brewers, the Twins announced that they have outrighted infielder Brendan Harris to Triple-A Rochester and selected the contract of outfielder Jason Repko.In order for the Twins to make the move, Harris had to clear waivers. As a player with between 3-5 years service time, Harris needed to accept the assignment or lose the remainder of the two-year, $3.2 million contract that he signed in January. "He's going to take the assignment," Twins general manager Bill Smith said. "And the best thing he can do is go down, get some at-bats and get himself on track." Harris was batting .157 in 43 games for the Twins this season. He had three doubles, one home run and four RBIs while spending the majority of his time in a utility role. While the Twins had been hoping that Harris would get going offensively, manager Ron Gardenhire said that the club decided to go with another right-handed bat for its bench. The Twins went with another outfielder since they've been using Michael Cuddyer as an option at third base. Repko hit .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 59 games with the Red Wings. He is expected to be in uniform on Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the Mets in New York. "You get to a certain point and you've just got to make a move and get another right-handed hitter in here," Gardenhire said.
"Repko's swinging the bat pretty good and plays the outfield, too. If we're moving Cuddyer in here [to third base], you have to have another outfielder. This guy can run the bases and everything, the whole package. He's a good right-handed hitter. He's got some experience, so we'll see what happens."Repko spent parts of four seasons in the Majors from 2005-09 with the Dodgers. He holds a .226 career average in the Majors, with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs.
Gardenhire likes Young where he is
MILWAUKEE -- Delmon Young entered Thursday sitting second on the Twins with 47 RBIs, two behind team-leader Justin Morneau. With the way that Young has been producing offensively, manager Ron Gardenhire was asked if he's considered moving Young up higher in the lineup."When you've got a guy that's got almost 50 RBIs in the seven-hole, it means that he's coming up with chances to knock in runs," Gardenhire said. "So why move him out of there?" Young has batted primarily in the seventh spot for Minnesota this season. He was sixth in the order for Thursday's series finale against the Brewers since catcher Joe Mauer was not in the starting lineup for a day game after a night game and backup catcher Drew Butera was slotted in the eighth spot. Gardenhire said the team faced a similar question a few years ago when then-catcher A.J. Pierzynski was batting in the eighth spot and delivering lots of RBIs. "A.J. came up in tons of spots to drive in runs and people said, 'Why don't you move him?'" Gardenhire said. "It doesn't make a lot of sense to start moving guys unless the lineup's not producing up and down, and I think we're doing OK. We're scoring runs."
Kubel rounding into red-hot form
MILWAUKEE -- Jason Kubel can't pinpoint exactly what has been the biggest difference for him at the plate recently, but one thing the left-handed hitter knows is that he's been able to see the ball better of late.Kubel saw his 12-game hitting streak -- the longest by any Twins hitter this season -- come to an end on Tuesday night when he entered the contest as a pinch-hitter and went 0-for-2. But on Wednesday, Kubel started a new streak by going 2-for-3 with a walk. Over his past 14 games entering Thursday, Kubel was batting .375 with four doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs. It's certainly a boost for the left-handed hitter, who started off the year by batting just .219 in April and .247 in May. "The way I started this year, I didn't have much room to work with," said Kubel. "But lately, I've been feeling good. ... When I struggle, it usually has something to do with my timing, and when my timing is off I can't really see the pitch -- so I tend to swing at bad pitches. Now, it's all coming back, and I'm getting the timing down and seeing it." Kubel did make one adjustment at the plate while the team was at home, moving a few inches closer to the dish while he's swinging. But Kubel said he only does that at Target Field, where it's advantageous for left-handed hitters to pull the ball. Otherwise, his approach hasn't really changed much. It's also helped that Kubel, who is the Twins' regular designated hitter, hasn't found himself out of the lineup much during this current Interleague road trip. With Michael Cuddyer seeing some time over at third base, manager Ron Gardenhire has been able to use both Kubel and Delmon Young in the outfield. Kubel has started in four of the six games the Twins have played at National League ballparks so far, and at a time when he's finally feeling good at the plate, it's been nice to still get consistent playing time. "It definitely helps that Cuddy can play anywhere and we can all stay in there," Kubel said. "That day off on Monday and not being in there to start the game on Tuesday, I felt a little off coming in [to pinch-hit], but I was right back to feeling decent [Wednesday], and I think it was because of the at-bats where I could see some pitches. Playing every day certainly helps."
Twins won't face Dickey in New York
MILWAUKEE -- When the Twins visit Citi Field this weekend for the first time during their three-game series with the Mets, they'll be fortunate to miss one of New York's hottest starters, one they are quite familiar with in knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.Dickey pitched in 35 games for the Twins last year, which included one start, before he was designated for assignment on Aug. 29 to make room on the roster for left-hander Ron Mahay. Since being called up to the Mets this season, Dickey has gone 6-0 with a 2.33 ERA in seven starts. And knowing how tough his knuckleball can be, the Twins realize they're fortunate not to have to face him this weekend. "He went through a stretch where he was really good for us and then he scuffled a little bit at the end, but we liked him a lot," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A rubber arm, great guy, he can do a lot of different things. He can be out of the bullpen for a month and then you tell him to start and he can throw five or six innings. He's a staff-saver, and he can get people out, too, when he's got his good knuckleball."
While the Twins will miss Dickey, they won't avoid former Minnesota ace Johan Santana, who will start opposite Carl Pavano on Saturday. Santana is 5-4 with a 3.31 ERA this season.
Left-hander Jose Mijares is scheduled to arrive in New York around 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday night from Venezuela. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the Twins won't make a roster move to activate Mijares from the bereavement list until they are sure that he's arrived in New York. But if the left-hander makes it on time, he could be available for Friday night's series opener against the Mets. ... Shortstop J.J. Hardy (bone-bruised left wrist) was given the day off from swinging on Thursday. Gardenhire said there was no setback, but the club just wanted to give Hardy's wrist a rest. ... Right-hander Clay Condrey (strained right elbow) threw one inning for the Gulf Coast League Twins on Wednesday and felt great afterward, Gardenhire said.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.