After letting the trading deadline and the $2 million salary savings from moving Luis Castillo to the Mets pass without further comment, the Twins have made a flurry of roster moves in the last few days.
On Friday, with the Twins searching for a roster spot for Michael Cuddyer to occupy when he came off the DL, the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed Jeff Cirillo off waivers. TBL has yet to find a story stating (or even hinting) why Cirillo was out on the waiver wire in the first place. If any dear readers out there possess such information, do please send it this way.
The Twins did not contest the claim, and Cuddyer rejoined the club. Then, on Sunday, Lew Ford was sent down to Rochester to make room for LHP Carmen Cali, plumping the pitching staff up to 12 members after a period of heavy use of the bullpen. Naturally, after this decisive action, Sunday's starter went eight shutout innings. One wonders if Ford appreciates the irony.
Speaking of Sunday's starter--eight innings, four hits, two walks, no runs. The more TBL sees of Baker and Garza, the more she mourns the losses Ponson compiled for us.
And last but not least, I came across this quote over the weekend. Nick Punto, if you're out there, this one's for you: