Wednesday, May 06, 2009


You may have read my baseball post on Monday. If not, you should.

In it, I mentioned that the Twins couldn't afford to wait all spring for struggling infielder Alexi Casilla to start hitting.

They're done waiting.
The Twins today sent struggling second baseman Alexi Casilla to AAA Rochester and brought up infielder Matt Tolbert.

Casilla was batting .167 (14-for-84) with one double, one triple and four RBI in 24 games for the Twins this season. He emerged with the Twins last season, batting .281 in 98 games.

In 23 games with the Red Wings, Tolbert was hitting .260 (25-for-96) with four doubles, two triples, nine RBI and one home run. He was 7-for-12 in his previous two games.
It's a good move. Casilla tends to labor mentally when he strings together poor at-bats, and he's had a lot of them lately. It's only going to kill his confidence if he goes to the bench or continues starting virtually every day when he isn't hitting.

He showed last year he can swing it. We'll see if a trip to Rochester is going to cure what ails him.

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