Notebook: Oswaldo Arcia on fire, but Twins likely won't rush him
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins bats have been mostly cold to start the season, but there's a man at Triple-A Rochester pounding on the door to help heat things up.
Oswaldo Arcia, ranked among the top 100 prospects in baseball by multiple outlets, is off to a sizzling start for the Red Wings, hitting .458/.536/.917 with three home runs and eight RBIs in the team's first seven games.
Arcia, 21, is a corner outfielder, so he wouldn't appear to be a candidate to replace the struggling Aaron Hicks, should the Twins choose to make a move in the near future.
No matter what happens, however, it sound as if Arcia will stay in Rochester for the time being. Twins general manager Terry Ryan poured a bit of cold water on any notion of Arcia being on a fast track.
"There's no doubt he's one of our very best guys down there," Ryan said. "But he's been DH'ing down there with a (banged up) shoulder. We're going to get him in the outfield here real soon. But I don't want to get too carried away with eight games or whatever they've played. He didn't play many months of Double-A ball, and he's now just getting his feet wet in Triple-A. He's off to a pretty good start, but I'll leave it at that."
Hernandez to be sent out?
Ryan said the Twins would make a roster move prior to Saturday's game to make room for Scott Diamond coming off the disabled list.
With Pedro Hernandez throwing 4 1/3 innings in relief of Vance Worley on Friday, it becomes even more apparent that Hernandez will be the one headed to Rochester.
Hernandez left his appearance with what appeared to be a lower body injury of some kind.
Diamond noted that he didn't expect any restrictions for Saturday's start.
"I went 82 pitches in the last rehab outing, so we should be looking at 100-plus for tomorrow," Diamond said.
Gardenhire took a more diplomatic approach, suggesting a hard pitch count would not be enforced, but that he'd watch Diamond closely based on weather and how the pace of the game was moving.
Still too early to worry
Gardenhire also noted that he's still not too worried about Aaron Hicks, who did draw a walk and score two runs in Friday's game.
"We're still going to let him go out there and run around," Gardenhire said. "It's only 30-something at bats."
Gardenhire also downplayed any worry about Hicks trying to swing his way out of a slump.
"That's the only way to get out of a slump," Gardenhire noted. "Even if he gets walks, he's still 2 for 32 or whatever. We want to make sure if he gets good pitches that he takes a whack at them, but that he's not expanding the strike zone. He's going to take his walks."