Twins send former USI standout Mastroianni back to minors

The Minnesota Twins have sent former University of Southern Indiana standout Darin Mastroianni back to the minors.

“I don’t think he’s totally all the way back,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com. “I think he’s still got a little work to do and I told him so when I sent him down. I don’t think he’s totally clicking yet.”

Gardenhire said the outfielder’s running ability was still not up to what it was before a pair of surgical procedures on his left ankle last season.

Mastroianni posted a .286 on-base percentage in 26 spring at-bats with the Twins and stole successfully in his only attempt. But his landing foot seems to bother him most in the outfield.

 

–Gordon Engelhardt

 

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About Gordon Engelhardt

Many moons ago, I was a semipro baseball pitcher and my love for the grand old game continues unabated. I was lucky enough to cover the White Sox in the 1983 ALCS and the Cubbies in the 1984 NLCS while living in northern Illinois. I have covered several Cardinals games, but never in postseason.

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