Rivas Out, Cuddyer In
Rivas will be rounding bases for Rochester.
Rivas will be rounding bases for Rochester.

Posted Jul 17, 2005


Luis Rivas was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, making room on the Twins 25-man roster for Michael Cuddyer. Rivas has struggled pretty much all season for the Twins, and with the addition of Bret Boone, his services were no longer needed. Cuddyer, who was injured on June 29 against Kansas City, will serve as a utility infielder for the Twins.

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Luis Rivas was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, a move that paved the way for Michael Cuddyer’s return. Rivas has struggled for most of the season for the Twins, as he was batting only .250 at the time of his demotion. Michael Cuddyer was taken off the 15-day disabled list, ending a not so good three-game stint with Rochester.

A lot of things went into the demotion for Luis Rivas. In April, he lost his starting job to Nick Punto, and with the signing of Bret Boone had his playing time slashed even more. With the way that Luis Rodriguez has played since his call-up, Rivas became the odd man out.

He’ll report to Rochester, where he can play everyday and hopefully get his swing back. In Spring Training, Manager Ron Gardenhire said that Rivas would have to produce to keep his starting job. With all that has been going on within the organization, Rivas just get it done.

Cuddyer will be an infield platoon guy. He will play third, second, and first base, as Gardenhire tries to patch up an injury riddled infield. At the time of his injury on June 29 against Kansas City, Cuddyer was batting .259 with five home runs and 22 RBI.

The Twins will look to win on Sunday to give them a split with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They are currently 11 games behind first place Chicago in the American League Central.


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