Masahiro Tanaka, who didn’t throw off a mound on Friday, spent a dozen minutes playing catch in the outfield, stretching the distance to 120 feet. Tanaka then threw seven pitches using the windup. It’s possible Tanaka will throw off a mound Saturday or Sunday.
How he feels throwing off the mound is going to be key in determining whether or not he'll pitch again this year. He's been playing catch for the last two weeks and has gradually increased the distance. Coming out of the wind-up even at half speed will be a much better indicator.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Kenneth Faried (ankle) remains questionable Saturday.
Faried has missed the last three games but had been upgraded from out to questionable for Friday. Despite the fact that he didn't play, there was enough improvement to give the team hope for a quick return to the court. He'll test his ankle at pre-game warm-ups and should be considered a game-time decision. Analysis: Howard Bender
Marlon Brown (back) is not practicing Saturday.
Brown is dealing with a back issue and hasn't practiced all week. He is unlikely to suit up for Monday's game against Cleveland which really won't impact fantasy or reality too much. Brown has seen a whopping two targets over the last three games and even with a depleted receiving corps for the Ravens, he gets no work. Analysis: Howard Bender
Korean slugger Byung-ho Park is reportedly traveling to Minnesota to talk with the Twins.
With a $12.85M winning bid, the Twins now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Park and his agent. If they don't, they will be refunded the money and Park will return to the KBO. The Korean slugger batted .343/.436/.714 with 53 home runs last season for the Nexen Heroes and hit 52 the year before. The KBO is notoriously hitter-friendly, so take those numbers with a grain of salt. He should still be able to hit for power, but given the dimensions of Target Field, 25 home runs is more of a realistic expectation. Analysis: Howard Bender