Friday, April 12, 2013
Twins worried about Hicks?
By Jason A. Churchill
The Texas Rangers designated for assignment centerfielder Julio Borbon, clearing roster space for right-hander Nick Tepesch, the team announced Tuesday, giving them 10 days to trade Borbon or reassign him to the minors. In order for the Rangers to do the latter, he'll have to clear waivers, making a trade scenario more likely.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweeted Tuesday that two clubs that could have interest in Borbon are the New York Mets and Houston Astros.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have had outfield injury problems this spring, but are expecting Cody Ross back as early as this weekend and they appear to have enough depth to cover things until Adam Eaton is ready to return.
The Twins, tweets Darren Wolfson, are kicking the tires on Borbon, which may be a sign rookie Aaron Hicks' struggles are of concern to them. Hicks is 2-for-35 on the season and has whiffed 16 times. He skipped Triple-A after making the club out of spring training, but may be headed for some seasoning if he doesn't start to produce at least a little bit.
Darin Mastroianni is the club's current backup plan in center after trading both Denard Span and Ben Revere over the offseason. Borbon could be a place holder, or share the position, until Hicks is truly ready.