CLEVELAND -- After outfielder Robbie Grossman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain suffered in Sunday's game, outfielder Johnny Field was recalled from Triple-A Rochester before Monday's game against the Indians.The Twins claimed Field off waivers from the Indians on Friday and he played two
CLEVELAND -- After outfielder Robbie Grossman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain suffered in Sunday's game, outfielder Johnny Field was recalled from Triple-A Rochester before Monday's game against the Indians.
The Twins claimed Field off waivers from the Indians on Friday and he played two games with Rochester, going 2-for-8. The Red Wings had just finished a series in Pawtucket, R.I., when Field heard the news he was getting recalled and flew from Providence, R.I. to Cleveland on Sunday night.
"I'm the type of guy who's going to try and make something happen every day, whether it's with the bat or making a play on defense or pinch-running and scoring a run," Field said. "Be well-versed and try to help this team win some games."
It's Field's second stint in the Majors this season, after he hit .213/.253/.373 with six homers, nine doubles, 14 RBIs and four stolen bases in 62 games with the Rays. He was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on July 20 and was claimed by the Indians on July 24, but was designated assignment for a second time on July 31 after the Indians traded for fellow outfielder Leonys Martin.
"It has been crazy," Field said. "This whole year, finally getting to the big leagues with the Rays and being with them for two to three months and going through the DFA process. I got DFA'd by them, kind of blindsided me. Then the Indians claimed me and I'm doing pretty well with them for about a week, and at the Deadline they made a move and DFA'd me again. Then the Twins claimed me and here I am now. Can't complain too much because I'm back here and it's a good opportunity."
Field, who hits and throws right-handed, has played all three outfield spots in his career, but manager Paul Molitor said his best positions, in order, are left field, right field and center field. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is hitting .333/.412/.467 in 17 games in Triple-A this year and is a career .272/.332/.445 hitter with 53 homers and 269 RBIs in 540 games in the Minors. Field is a solid runner, as his average sprint speed of 28.1 feet per second ranks in the 78th percentile among Major Leaguers, per Statcast™, and is above the league average of 27 feet per second.
"He's got a little power," Molitor said. "Hasn't done a great job as far as getting to the point of considering him a really good hitter, but he's a good mistake hitter. Obviously, better numbers against left-handed pitching. He runs probably a tick better than average."
Pineda makes rehab outing
Right-hander Michael Pineda, who is coming off Tommy John surgery last July, made his first rehab appearance with the Gulf Coast League Twins on Sunday, throwing two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and walked one, while striking out three. His fastball velocity was at 94 mph and he'll continue to move his way up the Minor League system during his rehab assignment, which lasts 30 days. The Twins remain hopeful he'll be able to contribute in September out of the bullpen.
"I think that would be fantastic," Molitor said. "We'll see how he does, but today was another box to check."
Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.