8/7/2014 8:17 P.M. ET
Fuld appreciates his time in Minnesota
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Sam Fuld was relaxing with his wife, Sarah, in their Kansas City hotel after their three kids went to bed on July 30 when the phone rang.
It was Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony informing him that he had been traded back to the A's for left-hander Tommy Milone.
The timing was tough for Fuld, as it was a family trip with the Twins in their road trip through Kansas City and Chicago. The trade didn't become official until the next morning, but by then Fuld was on his way back to the Twin Cities.
He decided to drive with his wife and three young children back to Minneapolis -- a drive that he expected to take six hours, but which ended up taking closer to nine hours after all the stops.
It was a whirlwind day for Fuld, but ultimately he was happy to be heading back to Oakland, where he began the season before being claimed off waivers by the Twins on April 20. Fuld wasn't in the lineup against his former team Thursday, but figures to see action against the Twins in the four-game series at O.co Coliseum.
"You can't ask for a better situation than to be on a winning team," Fuld said. "It's fun and a great environment. It's a place that I fit in well."
Fuld added that he had a positive experience in Minnesota, and has no hard feelings about being traded.
"I loved the city," Fuld said. "It was a privilege to play in that new ballpark. I really enjoyed my time there."
Twins still seeking spot starter for Saturday's game
OAKLAND -- The Twins have yet to make an announcement about Saturday's starter against the A's, but they're expected to call up a starting pitcher from Triple-A Rochester after Friday's game.
The Twins have an opening in their rotation after left-hander Logan Darnell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester to make room for outfielder Jordan Schafer on Sunday. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wouldn't offer any hints on who will replace Darnell.
"He's somewhere," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll let you know."
The Twins have several options at Rochester, including top prospects Alex Meyer and Trevor May. Meyer is scheduled to start for the Red Wings on Saturday, while May is slated to start Sunday.
May is considered much more likely than Meyer because Meyer has been on a pitch-count limit this season as a precaution stemming from shoulder issues last season. May, who is on the 40-man roster unlike Meyer, would also be pitching on normal rest, as his last start with Rochester came Monday.
The Twins could also opt to bring up left-hander Kris Johnson, who last started Friday and is scheduled to start Monday for Rochester. Johnson has already made three spot starts with Minnesota this year, going 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA.
Fellow lefty Tommy Milone, who was acquired from the A's in the trade that sent Sam Fuld to Oakland on July 31, last started with Rochester on Tuesday, so he's not expected to be called up to pitch on short rest.