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Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Britain News: Alex Wimmers and Deolis Guerra Updates

Alex Wimmers, third from right, will be rehabbing his
elbow injury in Ft. Myers
Good afternoon. It's nice here in Connecticut, but that's not the case in Minnesota, where today's Twins-Royals game has been cancelled. But there's non-Twins news happening right now that's worth mentioning.

Last night, the New Britain Rock Cats lost a tough game. After being down 2-0 in the 8th inning, Aaron Hicks and Deibinson Romero came through with clutch RBI hits (single and double, respectively), and the Rock Cats tied the game up in dramatic fashion. The game went into extras. In the top of 13, Aaron Hicks hit a 2 run home run to give New Britain a 4-2 lead, but unfortunately Blake Martin and Bobby Lanigan couldn't protect the lead. Richmond hit a walk-off home run to win the game.

There were 2 pretty significant Rock Cats developments in the last 24 hours. First, reliever Deolis Guerra was promoted to AAA Rochester. If you've been following New Britain, this is possibly the least surprising news. Guerra was lights-out for the Rock Cats, and if he can mimic his Rock Cats results for the Red Wings, look for Guerra to join the Twins bullpen later this season. Congratulations, Deolis!

The second new item is not as positive. Rock Cats starter Alex Wimmers, who has been on the disabled list with an elbow strain, and who had an MRI performed yesterday, will rehab that injury in Ft. Myers. On the one hand, this is is positive in the sense that it doesn't sound like this injury will require surgery. On the other hand, though, it's disappointing for Wimmers, and Twins fans, because we are all hoping he's on the fast track for Target Field. Good luck, Alex, and we hope to see you back in New Britain soon! John Shipley of the Pioneer Press broke the Wimmers news.


  1. I don't think that Twins' "Medical" staff saying that "it is an elbow strain" and sending someone to rehab it in Fort Myers is good news. Do you remember what happened to the last 2 people for whom they said that? (Baker and Neshek)...

    1. I didn't call it good news. This is a really preliminary report (actually, not a report, a Tweet from a Pioneer Press writer).

      I'm trying not to get into the politics of it at this point for precisely that reason -- we don't even know what the MRI revealed. It's definitely not good that Wimmers is no longer in New Britain, but at the same time it's not as if I thought the result of the MRI would mean that Wimmers would immediately rejoin the Rock Cats' rotation. He hasn't pitched since April 9, so clearly something is wrong. Anything short of an announcement of surgery is good -- or at least not bad.