4/24/2014 5:30 P.M. ET
Colabello ties Puckett for Twins' April RBI record
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Colabello joined some elite company this month, as he's tied with Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett for the club record for most RBIs in April with 26.
Puckett set the club record back in 1994, and Colabello reached the mark with four RBIs in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Rays in 12 innings. Colabello has plenty of opportunities to add to the total, as the Twins still have a three-game series against the Tigers and two games against the Dodgers this month.
"It's quite an honor," Colabello said. "You start getting mixed in with names like that and you realize how special this game is and how special this opportunity to be here is. It's certainly something I'll remember for a long time."
Colabello still has some work to do to reach the club record for RBIs in a month, as Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew had 37 RBIs in June of 1969. Juan Gonzalez and Mark McGwire also hold the record for most RBIs in March/April with 36 RBIs each in '98.
Colabello, though, said he's not looking at those totals, and he is just happy he's getting plenty of chances to drive in runs.
"RBIs are a product of opportunity," Colabello said. "I'm thankful to the coaching staff for believing in me enough to put me in the middle of this order and for the guys on front of me being on base. My job is to knock in runs, and just so happens I've had a few of them this month."
Twins make waiver claim on outfielder Wilson
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Twins claimed outfielder Kenny Wilson off waivers from the Blue Jays on Thursday, and he'll report to Double-A New Britain, the club announced.
Wilson, 24, was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Monday to make room for outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who was claimed off waivers from the Twins. So in that sense, Mastroianni and Wilson swapped teams via waivers this week.
"Ironically, he was the guy they took off their roster to make room for Mastro, but he's a guy we've seen in the Arizona Fall League," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He's an athlete. He can do a little bit of everything. We've always had interest and liked him."
Wilson, who has primarily played center field in his seven seasons in the Minors, is a career .228/.326/.312 hitter with 13 homers, 75 doubles, 20 triples and 196 stolen bases in 505 games.
In 15 games with Double-A New Hampshire this season, Wilson hit .210/.239/.306 with a homer, a double, a triple and eight RBIs and two stolen bases. He hit .259/.333/.375 with three homers, 14 doubles and 16 stolen bases in 55 games at Double-A last year.
Wilson was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. The Twins now have a full 40-man roster.
Antony impressed with success of bullpen
ST. PETERSBURG -- After a slow start to the season, the bullpen has been lights-out for the Twins over the last two weeks.
In fact, the 'pen is in the midst of an impressive run, as it had a streak of scoreless innings snapped at 27 on Thursday, when reliever Jared Burton gave up a run in the eighth inning of the Twins' 9-7 win. It was the longest such streak by Twins relievers since Aug. 24-Sept. 2, 1992, when Twins relievers combined to throw 30 2/3 straight scoreless innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said he's not surprised by the success of the bullpen, considering it was a strength for the Twins last year with a 3.50 ERA, despite throwing the most innings in the Majors.
"In the first road trip, we had some difficulties, but we stayed with everybody because they all have a little bit of a track record," Antony said. "They did it last year, and some of them have been doing it longer than that. Obviously, they're on a nice run now and hopefully they'll keep it up."
Prospect Meyer effective with new changeup
ST. PETERSBURG -- Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony received positive reports about No. 3 prospect Alex Meyer's pitching performance for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday night.
Meyer, ranked as the No. 27 overall prospect by MLB.com, tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just three hits while tying a career high with 11 strikeouts against Pawtucket.
The biggest change from his outing is that he's now switched to a new changeup, as he's throwing a three-finger changeup he learned from reliever Deolis Guerra instead of a circle-changeup.
Meyer was reluctant to throw his changeup during Spring Training, but the Twins want the 6-foot-9 right-hander to mix it in more to go along with his plus-fastball and plus-breaking ball.
"It was really encouraging," Antony said. "He threw 15 changeups. He changed his grip. I think he's going to break that out and use it more in the games. So that's a positive thing. Obviously, he pitched well with 11 strikeouts and three walks. He was pretty dominant."
• Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 5 with a right wrist strain, hit in the cages on Thursday. He's expected to take batting practice on the field at Target Field on Friday and he could be sent out on a rehab assignment by early next week.
• Right-hander Matt Guerrier made his first appearance with Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday night and recorded two outs without giving up a run. He struck out one and walked one. Guerrier, who is coming back from surgery to repair the flexor mass in his right elbow, has a May 8 opt-out date in his Minor League contract.