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Bass accepts assignment and more Twins’ notes

Reliever Brian Bass accepted an assignment to Triple-A Rochester and is expected to join the team on Friday.

Bass, who was demoted to clear a roster spot for the activated Alexi Casilla, cleared waivers and could have refused the assignment.

He was 3-4 with a 4.87 ERA in 44 appearances for the Twins. It is possible he will return to the club when rosters are expanded on Sept. 1.

 

Revere still hitting

Although Single-A Beloit outfielder Ben Revere will not hit .400 this year, the former first-round pick has put up stellar numbers as his season comes to a close — he has batted .379 in 340 at-bats with a .433 on-base percentage and .497 slugging percentage. He batted .325 in rookie-ball during his first professional season in 2007.

 

First rounder Hicks a quick study

Aaron Hicks did not need long to acclimate himself to profesional baseball. Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Hicks is more polished at this stage of his career than Torii Hunter was. Hicks is batting .306 in 160 at-bats with four homers and 26 RBIs with the Twins’ GCL rookie squad. Hicks was the 14th overall selection in the June draft.

 

–Thor Nystrom

Twins lock up Hermsen

Minnesota has signed sixth round pick RHP Brett Hermsen from Masonville, Iowa. He will report to the Instructional League.

The Twins also signed their 14th round pick, RHP Blayne Weller from Key West, Florida. He will report to GCL.

The Twins have signed their top 15 picks and 25 total players from the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Twins-Rock Cats extend agreement

The Twins and the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats extended their partnership for another two years on Aug. 14. The extension ensures the partnership will extend through 2010– an affiliation of 16 consecutive years.

 

— Thor Nystrom

Van Mil returns from Olympics early

Twins prospect Loek Van Mil suffered a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament during a bullpen session in Beijing, China and was sent to the Twin Cities for further testing.

The 7-foot-1 pitcher had been selected to the squad representing the Netherlands.

He could miss the rest of the season. Van Mil was 2-2 with a 3.22 ERA and three saves for Single-A Beloit.

— Thor Nystrom

Swarzak promoted despite struggles

Starting pitcher Anthony Swarzak, considered to be amongst the Twins top prospects, has been promoted from Double-A New Britain to Triple-A Rochester despite experiencing a difficult season.

Swarzak was 3-8 with a 5.67 ERA at New Britain. The Twins made the move after Red Wings lefthander Brian Duensing made the U.S. Olympic team.

Swarzak’s star has slightly fallen since a 50-game suspension last year for violating the minor league drug-testing policy, but the Twins still have high hopes for the right-hander. 

 

Cuddyer not far off

Michael Cuddyer will head to Rochester on Monday to begin a rehab assignment. The Twins outfielder has been on the disabled list since June 28 with a strained tendon in his left index finger.

Cuddyer said he will play his first game with the Red Wings on Tuesday. He could return to the Twins as early as this weekend for a three-game series at Kansas City.

 

Minor League Player of the Week

Ft. Myers catcher Wilson Ramos, 20, was named the Twins Minor League Player of the Week (July 27-August 2). Ramos, an undrafted free agent signing in 2004, hit .433 (13-for-30) with three doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs in his last six games. Ramos entered the year ranked as the Twins third best prospect by Baseball America.

 

–Thor Nystrom

Liriano update and notes from around the Minors

Twins fans are going to have to wait a bit longer for the return of starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, the Star Tribune’s Joe Christensen reports.

 

The young lefty has won nine consecutive decisions and is 5-0 with a 0.29 ERA and 42 strikeouts for Triple-A Rochester in his last five starts.

 

Liriano will make his regularly scheduled start with the Red Wings on Sunday, squashing any speculation that he could join the big league club over the weekend.

 

“He’s not here,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I don’t think he’s going to opt out of it. I think that’s his rotation spot, and that’s where he’ll be pitched. I can only control my guys here. I can’t control those things.”

 

MLB.com Twins beat writer Kelly Thesier chronicled Liriano’s continued dominance in the Minors following his most recent start on Tuesday.

 

“I’m ready,” Liriano told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle after pitching seven scoreless innings in a 13-0 win over Toledo.

Duensing to Olympics

 

Rochester lefty Brian Duensing will be heading to Beijing shortly to take part in the Olympics. Duensing will join the U.S. team on Monday for exhibition games in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 1-3 before heading to China.

Revere still hot

 

The Tribune’s La Velle E. Neal III reported last week on Beloit outfielder Ben Revere’s flirtation with hitting .400 this year. Revere was the Twins’ 2007 first round pick.

The report also includes these tidbits:

 

-Beloit reliever Loek Van Mil will pitch in the Olympics for the Netherlands team.

 

– Top Twins prospect Tyler Robertson, a Class-A Fort Myers lefty, has been shelved with shoulder soreness. The Twins, however, hope he can return before the season’s end.

 

–Thor Nystrom