The Twins are unsure what this week will look like for them following the postponement of Monday’s game. The game was supposed to be the first of a four-game set — all day games — against the Red Sox at Target Field.
The Twins made the decision shortly before their 1:10 p.m. game was scheduled to start to postpone the series opener against the Red Sox following the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who was shot by a police officer in Brooklyn Center during a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon. They say the decision was rooted in respect for the Wright family, as well as for the safety of fans, staff, players and the community.
As of early Monday afternoon, team president and CEO Dave St. Peter said the Twins had not had any discussions about moving the series to Boston.
The Twins also have not made a decision yet regarding Tuesday’s game. St. Peter said they felt it was in the best interest to allow everybody to go home on Monday and assess where they are on Tuesday before making that determination.
“We’re in regular communication with law enforcement as well as people within the governor’s office and elsewhere and (this is) something we’re monitoring,” St. Peter said. “We would obviously like to play games when it’s appropriate to play them, but at this point those are decisions that will be made here in the days to come.”
The decision to postpone Monday’s game came together relatively quickly. Manager Rocco Baldelli met with the media around 10:30 a.m. and that time, he was under the belief that the Twins would be playing later that day.
As the morning wore on and the Twins received more information, they decided the decision was for the best, alerting first alerting J.A. Happ — Monday’s scheduled starting pitcher — and the Red Sox, with Baldelli walking over to the third-base dugout to inform Boston manager Alex Cora.
“Our guys are very professional in a sense that they know that when we’re making decisions, they’re well thought out,” Baldelli said. “They know that there’s a lot of attention to a lot of different things when we’re pulling this together, and they respect the decision. And our guys will be ready to go tomorrow if we are deemed ready to play.”
The Twins say information on the rescheduling of Monday’s game and corresponding ticket details will be released soon.
While third baseman Josh Donaldson was eligible to come off the injured list on Monday, poor weather conditions were part of the reason the Twins did not make that decision before their postponement.
Should the Twins play on Tuesday, the weather likely will be a factor in whether the Twins activate the third baseman from the injured list, considering frigid temperatures and potentially even snow are in the forecast. Donaldson, who has been rehabbing after straining his hamstring on Opening Day, went over to CHS Field to participate in a sim game on Sunday.
“He’s mentally prepared, ready to play. With a muscle injury, with the weather that we’re dealing with, the conditions are not ideal,” Baldelli said Monday morning. “I do think that today, maybe tomorrow are tough days to come back from a muscle injury and go out there and play. It’s going to be pretty nasty outside.”