04/17/2013 12:59 AM ET
Gardenhire shakes up Twins' starting lineup
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- After a slow start to the season as the club's leadoff hitter, rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks moved down to the No. 8 spot in the lineup against the Angels on Tuesday.
Hicks entered Tuesday's game hitting .047 (2-for-43), with 20 strikeouts and four walks in 11 games. With Hicks not in the leadoff spot, Darin Mastroianni was set to take over and start in left field but was a late scratch from the lineup with a sore left ankle.
Instead, second baseman Brian Dozier made his first career start in the leadoff spot, and Wilkin Ramirez moved from designated hitter to left field. Hicks, who was initially penciled in at the No. 7 spot, slid to No. 8, with Ryan Doumit joining the lineup as DH and batting fifth.
"We're just moving it around and mixing it up a little bit," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll see if [Hicks] can put some swings out there and take all thought process out of it and just go up there and take a whack."
Third baseman Trevor Plouffe moved up in the lineup with left-hander Jason Vargas on the mound for the Angels. Plouffe, who has a career .271/.339/.528 line against lefties, hit cleanup for the first time in his career.
"We've seen when he gets that backspin going he can get as hot as anyone, and he did that last night, when he put one in the seats," Gardenhire said. "He's been swinging good lately."
Twins place Mastroianni on DL, recall Arcia
MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who was a late scratch from the lineup in the Twins' 8-6 victory over the Angels on Tuesday night, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left ankle after the game.
With Mastroianni going on the DL, outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was recalled from Triple-A Rochester just a day after being optioned to Triple-A after Monday's win over the Angels.
Mastroianni originally injured his ankle late in Spring Training, when he fouled a ball off of it, but re-aggravated the injury early this season. He did it again on Monday, when he tried to plant his foot while coming to a stop in the outfield, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
"They're going to put him in a walking shoe to keep him off his foot for a while here," Gardenhire said.
Arcia, ranked by MLB.com as the No. 92 overall prospect and No. 5 in the Twins' organization, went 1-for-3 in his big league debut on Monday but was optioned after the game, when Wilkin Ramirez was reinstated from the paternity list.
"He's coming back, and we're going to ad-lib with our outfield situation," Gardenhire said. "We'll play him whenever we can and get him in as many games as we can."
Hit by pickoff throw, Ramirez exits with back contusion
MINNEAPOLIS -- Left fielder Wilkin Ramirez, who was officially reinstated from the paternity list before Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Angels, left the game early with a back contusion. He's considered day to day.
Ramirez singled with two outs in the fifth inning against Angels reliever Jerome Williams but was hit on the back on a pickoff throw from Williams while diving back into first base.
"Ramirez is OK," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He had a stinger. It got him right in the spine, and it tingled right through his brain, so we got him off the field. But he's OK."
Ramirez left the game for Eduardo Escobar, who replaced him as a pinch-runner and eventually scored on a two-run single from Brian Dozier, which had given the Twins a 7-4 lead. Ramirez also had a sacrifice fly in the third.
Escobar took over in left field to mark just the second time in his career the utility infielder played in the outfield. Darin Mastroianni (sore left ankle) and Josh Willingham (flu-like symptoms) were both unavailable to replace Ramirez.
Wood begins rehab assignment; Sano raking
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-handed reliever Tim Wood, who is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 24 with a right rotator cuff strain, began a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Tuesday.
"Wood threw an inning for the Miracle and will probably pitch tomorrow or the next day," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said.
Wood picked up the victory in the Miracle's 7-4 win that saw Fort Myers improve to 12-0 so far this season.
Third baseman Miguel Sano, ranked as the No. 12 overall prospect and as the Twins' No. 1 prospect, according to MLB.com, hit a grand slam in the seventh inning. Sano, 19, is off to a hot start this season, hitting .413 with four homers, four doubles and 12 RBIs in 12 games.