Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:08:33 -0700
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto made the roster as a backup to C Kurt Suzuki. Pinto had a slash line of .342/.398/.566 with four home runs, five doubles and 12 RBIs in 21 games last year as a September call-up. The Twins think it'll be beneficial for Pinto to work with Suzuki and bench coach Terry Steinbach on his game-calling and defensive skills.
Fantasy Tip: Pinto may be worth stashing in AL-only leagues that are deep and require two starting catchers. Otherwise, he's unlikely to see enough time to be very valuable.
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:39:56 -0700
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire indicated C Josmil Pinto will make the opening day roster. Pinto could be used as a designated hitter at times this season.
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:45:38 -0800
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto (back) was cleared to play in the team's intrasquad game Thursday, Feb. 27, after being limited by a sore back this week.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:34:58 -0800
The Minnesota Twins will hold C Josmil Pinto (back) out of spring action until he can get through drills without any problems. He's swinging a bat and catching bullpens but hasn't gotten through batting practice or a full day of workouts with a sore back. "If it was during the season I would imagine he would be out there no matter what," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Here in spring training there's no reason. But like any player who wants to play, they don't want to see the trainers."
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:44:27 -0800
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto (back) is feeling much better, and he took some swings and caught some bullpens Monday, Feb. 24.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:27:02 -0800
Minnesota twins C Josmil Pinto (back) said Saturday, Feb. 22, he is uncertain when he will be able to return to drills. "I don't know yet," Pinto said. "I need to feel really, really good for the start of the games." He said he is confident he'll be ready by Friday, Feb. 28, for the Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:25:05 -0800
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto (back) was held out of drills Friday, Feb. 21, with a stiff back. However, the injury isn't considered serious, and he's listed to catch Saturday, Feb. 22.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:45:44 -0800
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto (shoulder) said he's throwing pain-free after having shoulder weakness while playing winter ball this offseason. He's playing catch from 150 feet and throwing to the bases without problems. This spring he'll work to improve on his defense to prove he's ready to catch in the majors. C Kurt Suzuki is expected to see most of the starts behind the dish, and Pinto could start the season at Triple-A Rochester. However, manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't mind seeing Pinto serve as the backup.
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 06:18:28 -0800
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto (shoulder) said his shoulder is "doing better." Pinto was playing catch Saturday, Feb. 15.
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:26:27 -0800
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan expects C Kurt Suzuki to be the team's starting catcher in 2014, and he's not sure who will back him up.
Fantasy Tip: The offensively challenged Suzuki is a second catcher in two-catcher formats. This is troubling news for those hoping to snag Josmil Pinto as a sleeper in early drafts.