(5/14/2010)The Sports Xchange reports 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, who signed a minor league deal with the Marlins last week, was released Thursday after playing four games for Triple-A New Orleans. He was 4 for 16 for the Zephyrs.
Mientkiewicz batting .250 in minors
(5/13/2010) Marlins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, recently signed to a minor-league contract, is 4 for 16 with one RBI in his first four games for Triple-A New Orleans. He's started three games at first, and one in left field.
Mientkiewicz gets minor deal
(5/5/2010) The Marlins signed first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America.
(3/27/2010)Doug Mientkiewicz was told he will not make the Los Angeles Dodgers' opening day roster, leaving the first baseman's major league future in doubt Saturday. The 35-year-old Mientkiewicz was attempting a comeback from a separated shoulder that required surgery last season and limited him to 18 at-bats for the Dodgers. Manager Joe Torre said Mientkiewicz expressed an interest in continuing his career. He was excused from camp Saturday so he could weigh his options.
Mientkiewicz doubles and walks
(3/6/2010) Dodgers 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, who was still having shoulder issues after having surgery last season, got a pinch-hit at bat on Friday in an exhibition game against the White Sox. He remained in the game as the DH and walked as he doubled for an RBI in his pinch-hit at bat.
Mientkiewicz's shoulder an issue
(3/5/2010)Doug Mientkiewicz is struggling with health issues. He had surgery last season to repair a right shoulder separation. If Mientkiewicz doesn't make the roster, Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake would be considered the backup first basemen and would play there on days James Loney gets a rest.
(9/3/2009)Doug Mientkiewicz began trying to salvage his season on Wednesday, when the Los Angeles Dodgers' first baseman was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. He had been sidelined since April 17 because of a dislocated right shoulder. Mientkiewicz entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and looped a single over the head of Arizona second baseman Augie Ojeda. He wasn't on base for long, getting thrown out at second on the next play. i"I just want to contribute," he said before the game.
Mientkiewicz has ugly rehab outing
(7/29/2009) Dodgers 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (shoulder) began a Triple-A rehab assignment with Albuquerque Tuesday. The veteran infielder was hitless in five at-bats as a DH and struck out twice.
Mientkiewicz two weeks away?
(7/22/2009) The L.A. Daily News reports that Dodgers 1B Doug Mientkiewicz could be two weeks away from returning from the 60-day DL. He is line to start a Triple-A rehab assignment in Triple-A on Tuesday.
Mientkiewicz moved to 60-day DL
(4/30/2009) To make room for Jeff Weaver on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, the team transferred first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. Mientkiewicz has been sidelined since April 17 because of a dislocated right shoulder.
Mientkiewicz makes it to DL
(4/17/2009) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed utilityman Doug Mientkiewicz on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a separated right shoulder and recalled infielder Blake DeWitt from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Mientkiewicz separates shoulder
(4/17/2009) Dodgers 1B Doug Mientkiewicz dislocated his right shoulder sliding headfirst into second base in Thursday's game against the Giants. He stayed in the game after getting checked out by trainer Stan Conte, but took himself out one batter later -- walking with Conte to the dugout hunched over with his right arm dangling. He will get an MRI on Friday. He singled in his only at-bat in the game, driving in two base runners. He is considered questionable for the Dodgers' upcoming series at Colorado.
Mientkiewicz just a pinch hitter for now
(4/7/2009) The Sports Xchange reports that Doug Mientkiewicz will be the Dodgers' primary left-handed pinch hitter, a role he filled in the ninth inning of Monday's season opener when he struck out against Luke Gregerson of the Padres.
(3/21/2009) Dodgers 1B Doug Mientkiewicz returned to the Dodgers lineup on Friday after missing nearly a week with an injured quadriceps. He struck out in his lone plate appearance.
Mientkiewicz sidelined by hurt quad
(3/16/2009) Dodgers infielder Doug Mientkiewicz will miss 5-6 days after injuring a quadriceps muscle while running out of the batter's box Saturday.
Mientkewicz goes long again
(3/6/2009) Dodgers 1B Doug Mientkiewicz hit his second home run of the spring in an exhibition ga,e on Friday, leading the Dodgers over the Cubs 5-4. It was his only hit in three at-bats as his batting average only jumped to .222.
Mientkewicz goes long off White Sox
(3/5/2009)Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers on Thursday in an exhibition game against the White Sox on Thursday.
Mientkiewicz invites to Dodgers camp
(2/27/2009)Doug Mientkiewicz and the Dodgers agreed to a minor league contract Thursday. The 34-year-old Mientkiewicz, who has played for six major league teams during his 11-year career, won a Gold Glove as Minnesota's first baseman in 2001. His .996 career fielding percentage in 955 games is tops among active first basemen. Mientkiewicz has played in the postseason four times. One highlight was when he took Keith Foulke's toss to first base to make the game-ending putout against St. Louis in 2004 that gave the Boston Red Sox their first World Series title in 86 years. He had come to Boston in a four-team deal before the July 31 trade deadline. He also has played for the New York Mets (2005), Kansas City (2006) and New York Yankees (2007), when current Dodgers manager Joe Torre was in New York.
(8/11/2008)Doug Mientkiewicz had three hits and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which held second baseman Freddy Sanchez and shortstop Jack Wilson out of the starting lineup because of minor shoulder problems. Sanchez had a pinch-hit RBI double as the Pirates pushed across three runs in the seventh to cut it to 5-4.
Mientkiewicz on 7-game roll
(8/10/2008) Pirates UTL Doug Mientkiewicz's double in the second inning Sunday against the Phillies gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Mientkiewicz, who has 18 doubles, is 11-for-31 (.355) with one homer and four RBI during the streak.
Mientkiewicz makes best of chance
(8/5/2008)Doug Mientkiewicz homered and had three hits Monday night. He hit Dan Haren's first pitch of the third inning into the right-field stands to give the Pirates their final lead at 4-3. "We were fortunate to get as many runs as we did off Dan," Mientkiewicz said. "It doesn't happen often, so when it does you hope you can shut the other team down."
Mientkiewicz to get some starts
(7/29/2008) The Pirates put first baseman Adam LaRoche on the 15-day DL on Tuesday because of a strained muscle in his ribcage and called up infielder Brian Bixler from Triple-A Indianapolis. LaRoche was hurt while swinging during an at-bat in the sixth inning of a 3-1 loss to San Diego on Sunday. He left the game an inning later and sat out Pittsburgh's 8-4 win over Colorado on Monday. The move was made retroactive to Monday. Doug Mientkiewicz started in place of LaRoche on Monday and had three hits and two RBI in the victory. He was in the lineup again Tuesday.
Mientkiewicz wrangles three hits
(7/28/2008) Pirates UTL Doug Mientkiewicz had three hits, all singles, and two RBI in five at-bats Monday against the Rockies. He has four multi-hit games in his last six outings. He is 11-for-23 (.478) with five RBI in that span.
Mientkiewicz gets on five times Wed.
(7/23/2008) Pittsburgh first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz reached base safely five times on Wednesday afternoon against the Astros. The man with a difficult name to spell went 4-for-4 and added a walk in the game. He doubled and drove in two runs.
Mientkiewicz starting with Nady out
(7/18/2008) Pittsburgh INF/OF Doug Mientkiewicz started in right field Thursday night and went 0-for-2 with a walk. He is expected to be in the lineup again Friday night, reports The Sports Xchange, because Xavier Nady is with his wife, who just gave birth to the couple's first child.
Mientkiewicz has RBI vs. Houston
(7/7/2008) Pirates 1B Doug Mientkiewicz had a RBI single in three at-bats Monday against the Astros. He also scored once and walked once. Mientkiewicz is 5-for-14 (.357) with three RBI and two walks in his last six games.
Mientkiewicz gets rare RF start
(6/25/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RF Xavier Nady was not ready to play and had to miss an eighth consecutive game Tuesday because he still had some soreness in his bruised left shoulder. Nady, though, went through a full workout before the game and is expected to play Wednesday. Doug Mientkiewicz made his fifth career start in right field and third this season and went 2-for-3 in the 1,000th game of his 11-year career.
Mientkiewicz solves Halladay riddle
(6/20/2008) It was a pitcher's duel between Roy Halladay and Zach Duke in Friday's extra-inning matchup between the Blue Jays and Pirates. However, Pirates 1B Doug Mientkiewicz got into the hitting act anyway. He went 3-for-4 on the night to raise his average to .250 on the year. He doubled, walked and scored a run.
Mientkiewicz gets some OF at-bats
(6/18/2008)The Sports Xchange notes tha Doug Mientkiewicz made only his third career start in the outfield Tuesday and first since 2003 with Minnesota as he subbed in right field for Xavier Nady. Mientkiewicz, who had seen reserve duty in three games in right earlier in the season, was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Mientkiewicz flusters Big Unit
(6/9/2008) The Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of a rattled Randy Johnson and a reversed home run call to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Monday. Johnson limited the Pirates to six singles and struck out three in 5 2/3 innings but was hurt by three errors -- including one by himself following an at-bat by Doug Mientkiewicz that visibly irritated him. The benches and bullpens emptied briefly when Johnson left the mound and began walking toward home plate, yelling, after Mientkiewicz twice stepped out and was slow to get into the batter's box with a 2-1 count.
Mientkiewicz nets pair of hits
(6/1/2008) Pirates 1B Doug Mientkiewicz ripped two hits -- both singles -- and scored once in four at-bats Sunday against the Cardinals. He also walked once. It was his first multi-hit gamce since May 15. Mientkiewicz had just four hits in his previous 10 games.
Mientkiewicz platooning at third
(5/21/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: Jose Bautista was back in the lineup Tuesday night after an extended break to work out his hitting problems. Bautista was benched for the final four games of the Pirates' road trip that ended Sunday while Doug Mientkiewicz played third base. "We've seen some good signs at times from Jose this season, but there hasn't been that consistency," Russell said. "He's put in a lot of work, and we're hopeful it will pay off. We're looking to get some production at that position with a right-handed hitter in Jose and a left-handed hitter in Mientkiewicz."
Mientkiewicz hits out first homer
(5/16/2008)Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run shot at the Cubs Friday for his first home run of the season.
Mientkiewicz produces three hits
(5/15/2008) INF Doug Mientkiewicz got a spot start for Pittsburgh at third base Thursday against the Cardinals and was 3-for-3 with two walks. He also scored three times. Mientkiewicz, who has started three times in May, had just two hits in his previous 16 at-bats.
Mientkiewicz not hitting much lately
(5/6/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Pirates INF/OF Doug Mientkiewicz has won points for his clubhouse presence after being signed as a free agent in the off-season. However, on the field, he is in a 4-for-33 (.121) slump that has dropped his batting average to .188.
Pinch-hit RBI for Mientkiewicz
(4/24/2008) Jose Bautista and pinch-hitter Doug Mientkiewicz had RBI singles in the eighth inning to cap a rally from a four-run deficit in the first inning for a 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Ryan Doumit singled to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out single by Bautista, who's batting .188 but has a hit in each of his past four starts.
Mientkiewicz fills in at first
(4/13/2008) MLB.com reports Pirates skipper John Russell made a late lineup switch Sunday against the Reds. Pirates 1B Adam A. LaRoche was a late scratch as he battled a minor cold and was replaced in the lineup by Doug Mientkiewicz, who made his first career start at third base Saturday.
Mientkiewicz lands bench role
(3/26/2008) MLB.com reports the Pirates made some roster moves Wednesday, and GM Neal Huntington was happy to announce they purchased the contract of Doug Mientkiewicz, who landed the final bench spot. "He's come in and played very well in the outfield," Huntington said. "He's trimmed up. He's probably in the best shape he's been in years. He's given us quality at-bats off the bench. Doug's done everything he's been asked to and more this spring."
Mientkiewicz added, Wilson designated
(3/26/2008) The Pirates designated SS Josh Wilson for assignment and purchased the contract of 1B Doug Mientkiewicz from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.
(3/25/2008)Kevin Thompson's demotion could clear the way for rookie center fielder Nyjer Morgan, impressive during a late-season callup last year, to make the club even if he doesn't beat out Nate McLouth to start. But GM Neal Huntington said utilityman Doug Mientkiewicz, who has played only three career games in the outfield, has proven he can also play in left or right field if needed.
Mientkiewicz displaying versatility
(3/4/2008) MLB.com reports that Pirates 1B Doug Mientkiewicz has played at first base, third base and in right field this spring. Mientkiewicz has played in 924 games during his career, all but nine at first base. The non-roster invitee has spent time with the Mets, Royals and Yankees the last three seasons after being dealt from Boston following the 2004 World Series. Mientkiewicz is disappointed the Yankees didn't re-sign him after last season, but is ready to move on. "You just pick yourself up and keep going," he said. "That being said, I'm in a place now where I have the ability to move around now, play third, play right, play left, play first, and to play for a guy (Bucs skipper John Russell, his former manager in the Twins' farm system) that helped get to where I'm at."
Mientkiewicz has nice Pirates debut
(2/27/2008)Doug Mientkiewicz had two hits and two RBI, leading the Pirates to a 5-0 win over Manatee Community College on Wednesday. Mientkiewicz, trying to make the team in a utility role, played first base, his natural position. He also will be used at second base, third base, left field and right field during the exhibition season.
Mientkiewicz playing more than 1B
(2/17/2008) The Pirates' Doug Mientkiewicz, signed to a minor-league contract in hopes of becoming a utility player, began Sunday by taking grounders at second base with some tutelage from Freddy Sanchez. He also will play third base and the corner outfield spots during camp.
Pirates give Mientkiewicz minor deal
(2/11/2008) First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who caught the final out in 2004 that gave the Red Sox their first World Series championship in 86 years, agreed Monday to a minor league contract Monday with the Pirates. Mientkiewicz would get a $750,000, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster. The deal also includes $750,000 in performance bonuses. Pittsburgh is looking for another bat off the bench after not bringing back first baseman Josh Phelps, who hit .351 in 29 games with the Pirates last season after also being picked up from the Yankees. Phelps was arbitration eligible and the Pirates did not offer him a new contract, and he signed with St. Louis.
Mientkiewicz files for free agency
(10/30/2007) Among the 57 players who filed for free agency on the first possible day were Yankees RP Mariano Rivera, C Jorge Posada and 1B Doug Mientkiewicz.
Mientkiewicz returns, goes hitless
(10/5/2007) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, who the Yankees removed from Thursday's game early after he hurt his ankle before the game, returned to the lineup Game 2 at the Indians on Friday. He went 0-for-3.
Mientkiewicz stumbles over cameraman
(10/4/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz lasted just four innings. The cameraman was done even sooner. The Yankees first baseman accidentally got tangled up with a TV cameraman and injured his left ankle hours before the New York's playoff opener Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians. Mientkiewicz, who's had problems with that ankle in the past, started the game. He popped out in his only at-bat and was replaced by pinch-hitter Shelly Duncan in the fifth inning of New York's 12-3 loss. "He came out because we were down in the game and I was trying to get something started," manager Joe Torre said. "He was limping a little bit after he came out, but hopefully he'll be all right. Hopefully."
Mientkiewicz hitting well again
(9/24/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz is 10-for-23 (.435) with seven RBI since returning from the DL on Sept. 1.
Mientkiewicz has another big game
(9/19/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz homered and drove in four runs Wednesday as New York pounded Baltimore 12-0.
Mientkiewicz makes an appearance
(9/5/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz entered at first base in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against the Mariners, his first appearance since June 2, when he collided with Boston's Mike Lowell at Fenway Park, breaking his right wrist and sustaining a mild concussion and cervical sprain.
Mientkiewicz to get more ABs
(9/3/2007) Yankees first baseman Andy Phillips has a broken right wrist and will have surgery Tuesday, most likely sidelining him for the rest of the year. Phillips was hit by a pitch during New York's 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. The club said he will be out four to six weeks. "It feels like somebody hit me a with a hammer," said Phillips, who was wearing a splint in the clubhouse Monday. Devil Rays starter Jason Hammel hit Phillips with a pitch with one out in the fifth. Phillips shook his right arm as he staggered to first but stayed in the game and scored on Melky Cabrera's double.
Mientkiewicz comes off DL
(9/2/2007) The Yankees called up pitcher Ian Kennedy from the minors to make his big league debut Saturday and activated first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz from the 60-day disabled list. To make room for Mientkiewicz on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated outfielder Kevin Thompson for assignment.
Mientkiewicz not back until Sept. 1
(8/28/2007) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz is rehabbing from a fractured right wrist at Class A Tampa, but he won't be recalled until after the rosters expand Sept. 1. In five games at Tampa, Mientkiewicz is batting .429 (6-for-14), with eight RBI.
Mientkiewicz begins rehab stint
(8/22/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) has begun a Class A rehab assignment.
Mientkiewicz takes some hacks
(8/3/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (broken right wrist) took about 30 swings Thursday and another 60-90 before Friday's game. "It feels better than I thought it was going to feel," he said.
Mientkiewicz to visit doc
(8/2/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was scheduled to get his broken right wrist checked out on Thursday.
Mientkiewicz still yet to hit
(7/23/2007) New York 1B Doug Mientkiewicz is fielding grounders while wearing protective gear for his broken right wrist, but hasn't been cleared to resume hitting. He was injured in a collision with Boston's Mike Lowell at first base June 2.
Mientkiewicz on 60-day DL
(7/20/2007) The New York Yankees purchased the contract of utility player Shelley Duncan from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and optioned outfielder Kevin Thompson to the International League team. The Yankees also moved first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room for Duncan on the 40-man roster.
Mientkiewicz not close to return
(7/18/2007) DH Jason Giambi, on the DL since June 1 because of a left foot injury, could be back sometime in early August, Yankees GM Cashman said. Giambi is closer to returning than 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (broken right wrist), Cashman said. He hopes to resume swinging a bat late this week.
Mientkiewicz closer to swinging again
(7/16/2007) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (broken right wrist) hopes to resume swinging a bat late this week.
Mientkiewicz nearly ready
(7/6/2007)The Sports Xchange notes: 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (fractured right wrist) and RHP Darrell Rasner (fractured right index finger) are reportedly scheduled to report to the club's Tampa complex during the All-Star break to continue their rehab from injuries.
Mientkiewicz has surgery Tuesday
(6/13/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz had surgery on his broken right wrist on Tuesday. He is still expected to miss at least two months.
Mientkiewicz visits with Yankees
(6/9/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz appeared at Yankee Stadium six days after suffering a fracture right wrist, cervical sprain and mild concussion during a collision at first base in Boston. Mientkiewicz believes he can return to action by late July or early August. He will have pins inserted on Tuesday to help speed up the healing process of his fracture.
Mientkiewicz set for surgery
(6/8/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz will have surgery Tuesday to insert a pin in his broken right wrist, an operation he hopes will get him back on the field faster. Injured when Boston's Mike Lowell ran into him at first base last weekend, Mientkiewicz originally was told he'd have to wear a cast for 12 weeks. He found that unacceptable. He said his original plan was to have the cast cut off Aug. 1, no matter what. "If it's healed, fine. If it's not, fine, too. I think I'll be a homeless single father if I had to wait 12 weeks in a cast," an antsy Mientkiewicz said. "You can snap a bone in half and be back in 8-to-12 weeks. It's a little tiny piece."
(6/3/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was placed on the 15-day DL before the game Sunday, a day after colliding with Boston's Mike Lowell on an errant throw by shortstop Derek Jeter. He has a concussion and a broken right wrist. He was taken from the field on a cart after banging his head on Lowell's hip while trying to one-hop Jeter's throw in the seventh inning. Mientkiewicz was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where tests Saturday night revealed a mild concussion, cervical sprain and a fractured bone in his right wrist. He spent the night in the hospital for observation.
Mientkiewicz to go on DL
(6/2/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz will be placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game Sunday, a day after colliding with Boston's Mike Lowell on an errant throw by shortstop Derek Jeter. Mientkiewicz was taken from the field on a cart after banging his head on Lowell's hip while trying to one-hop Jeter's throw in the seventh inning. Mientkiewicz was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where tests Saturday night revealed a mild concussion, cervical sprain and a fractured bone in his right wrist. He spent the night in the hospital for observation.
Mientkiewicz exits Saturday's game
(6/2/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was carted off the field after getting hit in the back of the head by the knee of Mike Lowell in the seventh inning of Saturday's game at Boston.
Mientkiewicz hitless on Monday
(5/29/2007) Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano were each 0-for-4 in Monday's game at Toronto. Doug Mientkiewicz was 0-for-3 and is hitting .224, and Melky Cabrera went 0-for-2, dropping his average to .215. Bobby Abreu (1-for-4) is hitting .233. "Two runs for us, that's not acceptable," Johnny Damon said. "Our offense is much better than that. It starts from the top. If I can get going, it makes everybody else's job a lot easier."
Mientkiewicz homers Wednesday
(5/24/2007) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz went 3-for-4, with a home run off the facade of Yankee Stadium's upper deck in right field against Boston's Curt Schilling on Wednesday.
Mientkiewicz no base despite HBP
(5/21/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz was hit in the right leg by a pitch from Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano in the seventh inning on Sunday, but did not get a base. Plate umpire Tony Randazzo ruled Mientkiewicz didn't try to move out of the way. "Stay here. No," Randazzo was heard saying on the telecast. Mientkiewicz later popped up.
Mientkiewicz's streak stops at nine
(5/12/2007) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz had his nine-game hitting streak snapped when he pinch-hit in the ninth inning and popped out at Seattle Friday.
Mientkiewicz pushes streak to nine
(5/11/2007) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz doubled in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games. That matches the longest hitting streak of his career, accomplished previously in 2003 with Minnesota.
Mientkiewicz swinging hot bat
(5/9/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz, who doubled twice Monday and is now batting .230, was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI (10) in Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
Mientkiewicz gets two doubles
(5/8/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz equaled a single-game career high Monday with two doubles (accomplished 18 times) and has now hit safely in six straight games after a brutal start at the plate.
Mientkiewicz tallies third HR
(5/4/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer during Game 2 of the doubleheader Thursday against the Rangers. It was his third homer of the season and his second in his last three games.
Mientkiewicz hits second Yankee HR
(4/29/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz, hitting just .140 with two RBI, put the Yankees ahead 3-2 Sunday vs. Boston when he homered against starter Julian Tavarez.
Mientkiewicz hits first homer
(4/18/2007) Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading eighth home run and Jorge Posada and Doug Mientkiewicz also connected in the second inning off Jake Westbrook to power New York past the Cleveland Indians 10-3 on Tuesday night.
Mientkiewicz 0-for-last 23
(4/15/2007) New York's Doug Mientkiewicz did not start Saturday at Oakland but went 0-for-2, extending his hitless streak to 23 at-bats. "He's fighting himself right now," Joe Torre said prior to Saturday's game.
Mientkiewicz struggling at dish
(4/14/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz is hitless in his last 21 at-bats following Friday night's 0-for-5 at Oakland. He lined into a double play and grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. He also fouled out with a runner at second. "He's fighting himself right now," Joe Torre said.
Mientkiewicz starts Thursday
(4/6/2007) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz made his first career start as a Yankee against Tampa Bay RHP Jae Seo on Thursday night. Josh Phelps later pinch-hit for Mientkiewicz, but he struck out. Mientkiewicz went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored Thursday.
Mientkiewicz pinch hits on Monday
(4/2/2007) Yankees 1B Josh Phelps started on opening-day Monday vs. Tampa Bay, drawing two walks inhis only at bats of the game before being pinch hit for in the sixth inning. He was replaced by the man who is expected to see most of the starts at first base, Doug Mientkiewicz, who put down a nice sacrifice bunt and later singled and scored.
Mientkiewicz might not start Monday
(3/31/2007) Josh Phelps might be forcing the New York Yankees to platoon him with Doug Mientkiewicz. A day after making New York's opening day roster, Phelps finished spring training with his fourth home run as New York played a 3-3 tie with the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Phelps beat out Andy Phillips for a spot on the Yankees and could start Monday's opener at Yankee Stadium against Tampa Bay left-hander Scott Kazmir. "That would be a pretty exciting opportunity, to start opening day for the Yankees," Phelps said.
Mientkiewicz feels confident
(3/25/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz has had a rough spring, with two hits in his first 29 at-bats. However, "if the games started tomorrow, I feel like I'm going in the right direction," Mientkiewicz said.
Mientkiewicz doubles Monday
(3/19/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz doubled in the ninth for his second hit in 26 at-bats. "I made an effort to be more aggressive," Mientkiewicz said.
Mientkiewicz struggles at plate
(3/17/2007) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz had only one hit in his first 19 at bats during exhibition play, but, "I think his at bats are better than his batting average," Joe Torre said. Mientkiewicz will bat ninth in Torre's order. Though his defense is the priority, he'll have to hit some to keep from being platooned consistently against left-handed pitching.
Mientkiewicz happy to be in NY
(3/8/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz spent last year with a team that lost 100 games while his back pain got so bad he required surgery by August. It was just what he needed. Now, Mientkiewicz comes to the Yankees with a new appreciation for winning and good health. He is more physically and mentally fit than any time in the past three years, including his one season with the Mets in 2005. The Yankees signed Mientkiewicz to a one-year deal as a defensive upgrade at first base, where he is expected to platoon with Andy Phillips or Josh Phelps.
Mientkiewicz could emerge as everyday 1B
(2/18/2007) Yankees 1B Doug Mientkiewicz could emerge as the everyday first baseman despite the battle between Andy Phillips and Josh Phelps to serve as a right-handed hitter in a potential platoon. Phillips still has value as a backup infielder.
Mientkiewicz finalizes Yanks deal
(1/7/2007) First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz and the Yankees finalized their $1.5 million, one-year contract Friday. "Clearly the plan is to have a right-handed and left-handed bat at first base and (Jason) Giambi at DH," GM Brian Cashman said. Andy Phillips and Josh Phelps will compete to be the RH compliment to Mientkiewicz.
Mientkiewicz moves Giambi to DH
(1/4/2007) Doug Mientkiewicz and the Yankees have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract worth about $1.5 million. Mientkiewicz, who spent 2005 with the crosstown Mets, must take a physical for the deal to be finalized, a baseball official familiar with the negotiations said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing had not yet been announced. "There's not too many first basemen who could save two, three runs a game," Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon, his former teammate in Boston, said. "Defensively, I haven't seen a better defensive player than Doug, so if we pick him up, it would be great."
(1/4/2007) The Yankees reportedly have agreed to a deal with first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who will be the Yankees' primary 1B with Jason Giambi the DH.
Mientkiewicz gets rec from Damon
(12/14/2006) Johnny Damon is in favor of New York signing first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, his teammate on Boston's 2004 World Series championship team. "There's not too many first baseman who could save two, three runs a game," Damon said. "Defensively I haven't seen a better defensive player than Doug, so if we pick him up, it would be great."
Yanks like Mientkiewicz's glove
(12/11/2006) The Yankees have shown an interest in slick-fielding first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz.
Free agency filing continues
(10/30/2006) The following hitters have file for free agency through Sunday: Sandy Alomar, Moises Alou, Rod Barajas, Henry Blanco, Geoff Blum, Barry Bonds, Miguel Cairo, Frank Catalanotto, Jeff Cirillo, Royce Clayton, Jose Cruz, Mark DeRosa, Darin Erstad, Sal Fasano, Cliff Floyd, Nomar Garciaparra, Chris Gomez, Luis E. Gonzalez, Tony Graffanino, Nick Green, Todd Greene, Jerry Hairston, Wes Helms, Shea Hillenbrand, Todd Hollandsworth, Aubrey Huff, D'Angelo Jimenez, Gabe Kapler, Adam Kennedy, Ricky Ledee, Mike Lieberthal, Julio Lugo, Gary Matthews, Doug Mientkiewicz, Doug Mirabelli, Phil Nevin, Trot Nixon, Jay Payton, Juan Pierre, Todd Pratt, Joe Randa, Dave Roberts, Alfonso Soriano, Shannon Stewart, Luis Terrero, Frank Thomas, Jose Valentin, Todd Walker, Daryle Ward, Rondell White, Craig Wilson and Chris Woodward.
Mientkiewicz's surgery goes well
(9/21/2006) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, who underwent season-ending back surgery Aug. 29, says he is even surprised himself at how well everything went. "It's the easiest surgery I've ever had," he said. "I have absolutely no pain and feel strong."
Mientkiewicz to have surgery Tues.
(8/25/2006) The Kansas City Star reports that Doug Mientkiewicz will undergo surgery to remove a portion of a herniated disk Tuesday. "It's not so much the back; he's been experiencing weakness in his legs," Royals manager Buddy Bell said.
Mientkiewicz done for season
(8/24/2006) Royals first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was scheduled for Thursday for season-ending back surgery Aug. 29. The 32-year-old, who signed with Kansas City in December, has been on the DL since July 26.
Mientkiewicz not back 'til Sept.
(8/23/2006) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz is to see a specialist this week, and it's still unclear when he will come off the DL, where he has been since July 26 with a lower back strain. "He's got a lot of weakness in his legs," manager Buddy Bell said. "It's not so much his back that's the problem. He won't be back until we expand the rosters, I know that for sure."
Mientkiewicz not close to return
(8/23/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) will be examined by a specialist this week and there is no indication when he might return from a back injury. Manager Buddy Bell said he certainly will not be back before Sept. 1.
Mientkiewicz makes his moves
(8/17/2006) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz took his first steps toward recovery with some movement drills before the game. Mientkiewicz, on the 15-day disabled list since July 31 with a lower back strain, is out indefinitely. "It was his first day moving around and you could tell he hadn't done it in a while," Head trainer Nick Swartz said. "He doesn't feel quite right, right now. It can come quickly. You have to let him develop."
Mientkiewicz gets work in
(8/10/2006) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, who went on the disabled list July 26 with a lower back injury, is taking grounders and hitting in the cage. "My strength is definitely not good enough to start playing games," Mientkiewicz said. "Each day it is getting better, but it is just a slow process in my opinion. Each day I increase what I do. I've been pain-free for four or five days."
Mientkiewicz's back improving
(8/3/2006) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz received a shot on Tuesday for his lower back strain and might be able to begin some baseball activities on Thursday. "My back feels great," Mientkiewicz said. "You feel like you are totally useless on the disabled list."
Mientkiewicz lands on 15-day DL
(7/31/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday due to his sore back.
Mientkiewicz might land on DL
(7/31/2006) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz has missed five consecutive games with a bad back. "He's still banged up," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "It's not any better than it was yesterday."
Mientkiewicz out again Sunday
(7/31/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) was once again unable to play in Sunday's game at Texas and might be headed for a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
Mientkiewicz sits on Saturday
(7/29/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) missed his fourth straight game on Saturday night at Texas. Matt Stairs got another start at first base in his absence.
Mientkiewicz out on Friday
(7/29/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) missed his third straight game on Friday night at Texas. Matt Stairs got another start at first base in his absence.
Doug Mientkiewicz still out
(7/27/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz, who has been the Royals' No. 3 hitter for 52 games, missed his second straight game with a bad back on Thursday against the Orioles.
Mientkiewicz sits Wednesday
(7/27/2006) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, who left after six innings on Tuesday with a bad back, was unable to play on Wednesday. Bell said Mientkiewicz was getting tests on his back, including a MRI, on Wednesday. "We're not sure when he's going to be back, hopefully just a day or two," Bell said.
Mientkiewicz leaves Tuesday's game
(7/26/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz left Tuesday's game against the Orioles after six innings when aggravated the sciatic nerve in his back. He was 1-for-3 before departing the game.
Mientkiewicz sits vs. LH starter
(7/19/2006) With LHP Jon Lester pitching for Boston, two lefty hitters -- DH Matt Stairs and 1B Doug Mientkiewicz -- were not in the lineup after starting in Monday night's opener.
Mientkiewicz, Lucchino have beef
(7/17/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz returned to Fenway Park on Monday wanting to get past the issue of the ball he caught for the final out of the 2004 World Series and instead was critical of Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino. Mientkiewicz kept the ball before lending it to the team for one year the following February. Boston sued him in November but the suit was dismissed in December and the sides worked out an agreement to give it to the Hall of Fame, which now has it. "Ever since I loaned it to the Red Sox, I thought that would be the best place for it," the Kansas City first baseman said before the Royals' first game of the season at Fenway. "I take responsibility it's been so long. I always felt that if someone wants something, they'll call. No phone call ever came." He praised Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner, general manager Theo Epstein and the fans. But he criticized Lucchino. "I just want to be remembered as a small piece (of the championship), not someone that stole a baseball. It's not even the Red Sox. It's just one person," Mientkiewicz said. Lucchino "continually did the unprofessional thing. Everyone outside of Mr. Lucchino has been phenomenal. "This could have been cleared up behind closed doors," he said, but, "I'm not going to bullied around. ... Jabs from someone that never put on spikes, I'm not going to accept it."
Mientkiewicz returns to lineup
(7/16/2006) Kansas City 1B Doug Mientkiewicz returned to the lineup Sunday after missing three games with a sore back
Alphabet boys back soon
(7/16/2006) Neither 1B Doug Mientkiewicz nor INF Mark Grudzielanek, who have been out with sore backs, were in the starting lineup for Saturday night's game. But Mientkiewicz was available to pinch hit. Both players are expected to be back in the lineup by Monday.
Mientkiewicz remains sidelined
(7/15/2006) Mark Grudzielanek (back) and Doug Mientkiewicz (back) were out of the starting lineup for the third straight game on Saturday at Detroit.
(7/15/2006) Mark Grudzielanek (back) and Doug Mientkiewicz (back) were out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Friday night at Detroit.
Mientkiewicz out Thursday
(7/13/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) missed Thursday's game and is day to day.
Doug Mientkiewicz gets RBI
(7/9/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday against Toronto.
Mientkiewicz hits home run No. 3
(6/30/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz, who homered in the first inning, was 5-for-5 in his career off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo before grounding out in the sixth inning Thursday night.
Mientkiewicz has huge afternoon
(6/25/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI on Sunday vs. Milwaukee.
Doug Mientkwiewicz turns 32
(6/18/2006) Doug Mientkwiewicz will celebrate his 32nd birthday on Sunday, June 18.
D. Mientkiewicz back in action
(6/2/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz (hip) returned to action on Friday at Seattle.
Doug Mientkiewicz out of action
(6/1/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz, who strained an adductor muscle and left in the seventh inning on Tuesday, sat out Wednesday's contest. Matt Stairs played first base in his absence.
Mientkiewicz leaves with sore hip
(5/31/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz left with tightness in his left hip in Tuesday's 8-7 win over Oakland. Matt Stairs replaced him at first base.
Mientkiewicz has RBI double Monday
(5/30/2006) Emil Brown had three hits and drove in a run Monday, while Matt Stairs and Doug Mientkiewicz had RBI doubles for Kansas City.
Doug Mientkiewicz hits home run
(5/26/2006) Tony Graffanino, Angel Berroa and Doug Mientkiewicz hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning of Thursday's 13-8 loss to Detroit.
Mientkiewicz loses hitting streak
(2:45 pm ET) Royals 1B Doug Mientkiewicz went 0-for-3 to snap his five-game hitting streak. He is hitting .256 with no homers and 12 RBI.
Mientkiewicz hitting Indians well
(5/18/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz was 2-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in Thursday's game against the Indians to raise his batting average to .248. He continues to blister Indians' pitching, however, finishing the three-game set at Jacobs Field .455 (5-for-11).
Mientkiewicz hits Indians well
(5/18/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in Wednesday's game at Cleveland.
Mientkiewicz struggles at the dish
(5/16/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz has a mere one hit in his past 14 at-bats (.071 BA) for Kansas City. He also hasn't hit a home run all season.
Mientkiewicz to remain the starter
(5/4/2006) Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said he plans to platoon Justin Huber, who was just called up from Triple-A Omaha, and Matt Stairs at designated hitter with Mike Sweeney on the disabled list. Doug Mientkiewicz will continue to get the majority of the time at first base.
Mientkiewicz posts two XBH
(4/23/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's game against Cleveland day after a dispute over the ownership of the game-winning World Series baseball with the Red Sox was resolved.
Mientkiewicz collects three hits
(4/13/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz collected three hits and scored one run in Thursday's loss to the N.Y. Yankees. He is now hitting .269 on the season.
Doug Mientkiewicz records one hit
(4/4/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz, who hit .431 in spring training, went 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to Detroit.
Mientkiewicz getting even hotter
(3/24/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz went 3-for-4 for the Royals in a win on Thursday, improving his batting average to .487 this spring.
Doug Mientkiewicz still on fire
(3/22/2006) MLB.com reports Doug Mientkiewicz's spring average is up to .485 after a 3-for-3 performance on Monday. He had a run-scoring double and a three-run homer. "He's just a good baseball player," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "He's fun to be around."
Doug Mientkiewicz hitting .625
(3/16/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz's Cactus League-league batting average after six games is .625. He had six doubles in his first 16 at-bats.
Mientkiewicz collects four hits
(3/10/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz went 4-for-4 with three doubles Thursday for the Kansas City Royals.
Bell sets Royals spring order
(3/2/2006) MLB.com reports Royals manager Buddy Bell will use what might be his opening day lineup this spring. David DeJesus will hit leadoff, Mark Grudzielanek will hit second, Mike Sweeney third and Reggie Sanders fourth. They'll be followed by Doug Mientkiewicz, Emil Brown, Mark Teahen, Angel Berroa and John Buck.
Mientkiewicz goes in Round 23
(2/20/2006) Doug Mientkiewicz was the 267th overall selection (Round 23) in the 2006 CBS SportsLine.com AL Experts League.
(12/16/2005) Free agent Mientkiewicz agreed Friday to one-year contract with the Royals. Mientkiewicz, who turns 31 in June, is a career .268 hitter with 55 homers and 305 RBI. Bothered by a hamstring injury, he hit .240 with 11 homers and 29 RBI in 275 at-bats for the Mets last season.
Royals want FA 1B Mientkiewicz
(12/14/2005) The Kansas City Royals were pursuing free-agent first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz. "We definitely have an interest and we are pursuing it," Kansas City GM Allard Baird said. "I do not get the feeling that anything is imminent."
Mientkiewicz not returning to Mets
(12/8/2005) New York refused to offer arbitration to any of its former players who became free agents, including former closer Braden Looper and setup man Roberto Hernandez. The list also includes: Miguel Cairo, Michael DiFelice, Gerald Williams, Danny Graves, Felix Heredia, Doug Mientkiewicz and Jose Offerman.
Mientkiewicz's option declined
(11/1/2005) New York exercised right-hander Steve Trachsel's $2.5 million option and declined a $4 million option on first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who gets a $450,000 buyout.
Mientkiewicz now a free agent
(10/31/2005) Mike Piazza was among 10 New York Mets who filed for free agency Thursday on the first possible day. Also filing were closer Braden Looper, pitcher Steve Trachsel, second baseman Miguel Cairo, relievers Roberto Hernandez and Felix Heredia, first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, infielder Jose Offerman, outfielder Gerald Williams and catcher Mike DeFelice. Looper, Trachsel, Mientkiewicz and Heredia filed conditionally, pending decisions on 2006 options.
Mientkiewicz returns from DL
(9/3/2005) New York Mets first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was activated from the disabled list on Friday. Sidelined the past month with a sore lower back, Mientkiewicz was hitting .247 with 11 homers and 28 RBI in 74 games when he went on the disabled list Aug. 9 retroactive to Aug. 4.
Mientkiewicz battles flu
(8/20/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) is still slowed by the flu in his rehab stint at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Mientkiewicz's rehab delayed
(8/18/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) did not start begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms.
Mientkiewicz cleared for rehab
(8/16/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) is still experiencing some pain, but he was cleared to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday with Class A St. Lucie.
Mientkiewicz placed on DL
(8/10/2005) The Mets placed Doug Mientkiewicz on the 15-day disabled list due to his bruised lower back. The move is retroactive to Aug. 4.
Mientkiewicz headed for DL?
(8/8/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz had tests on his kidney which were negative, but he still might be headed for a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
Mientkiewicz has back problems
(8/7/2005) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz might have a cortisone shot in his back, which was bruised earlier this week.
Mientkiewicz returns with 2-for-4
(7/17/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz (hamstring) got out of the Florida heat and was back in the starting lineup Saturday. His first game back was a success as he went 2-for-4. "Even when I did it, it didn't hurt to run that bad. But you start taking away my ability to stretch, it kind of limits what I can do," he said. "I'm not going to come back and be Jose Reyes. Hopefully I can score from third on a triple." Mientkiewicz was hitting only .219 with nine homers and 24 RBI before getting hurt. He was forced to split time at first base despite the added defense he provides in a young New York infield.
Mientkiewicz activated Friday
(7/15/2005) The Mets activated Doug Mientkiewicz (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
Mientkiewicz begins rehab stint
(7/14/2005) New York Mets first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz went 2-for-3 with a run scored Wednesday in his second minor-league rehabilitation game for the team's Gulf Coast League squad. Mientkiewicz, on the 15-day DL since May 26 due to a torn right hamstring, had a pair of singles played five innings at first base against the Nationals. He is expected to play for the Gulf Coast Mets again Thursday.
Mientkiewicz works out
(7/9/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz, on the 15-day disabled list since May 26 with a torn right hamstring, is working out at the Port St. Lucie, Fla., spring training camp but is not yet ready to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Mientkiewicz goes on DL
(6/27/2005) The Mets placed 1B Doug Mientkiewicz on the 15-day DL Sunday, a day after he tore his right hamstring while warming up in the on-deck circle.
Mientkiewicz goes on DL
(6/26/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Mientkiewicz injures hamstring
(6/25/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz left in the fifth with a tight right hamstring and is day to day. He said there's "no chance" he'll play Sunday night.
Mientkiewicz plays Friday
(6/10/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz, who hasn't played since Sunday because of a bruised chest muscle and rib, was back in the lineup at first base.
Mientkiewicz out Thursday
(6/9/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz (pectoral) was unable to play against Houston Thursday.
Mientkiewicz likely out Thursday
(6/9/2005) The New York Daily News reports Doug Mientkiewicz has a bruised pectoral muscle, didn't play last night and is not expected to play Thursday either.
Mientkiewicz out again
(6/8/2005) Marlon Anderson started at 1B for Doug Mientkiewicz (strained chest muscle, bruised ribs) for the second consecutive night against Houston Wednesday.
Mientkiewicz dealing with injury
(6/8/2005) The New York Daily News reports Doug Mientkiewicz was missing from the Mets' lineup last night because of a bruised right pectoral muscle and bruised rib on his right side. The first baseman suffered the injury during Sunday's doubleheader when he dove into the stands trying to catch a foul ball.
Mientkiewicz sits on Tuesday
(6/7/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz (bruised pectoral muscle) was not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros. He is considered day to day.
(5/11/2005) Willie Randolph said he was not aware the Mets entered Tuesday leading the National League with 43 home runs. "Home runs are something I never really think about," he said. "I hired (hitting coach) Rick (Down) because I know Rick doesn't think about that either." Cliff Floyd leads the team in homers with eight, while Mike Piazza, Doug Mientkiewicz and Carlos Beltran all have six.
Slumping Mientkiewicz sits vs. LH
(4/26/2005) Chris Woodward gave 1B Doug Mientkiewicz the night off Monday but used Mientkiewicz's glove. "It's a chance to work my guys in, make sure everybody is fresh and everybody is involved," manager Willie Randolph said. Mientkiewicz is batting .192 on the homestand going 2-for-11. The Mets were facing a left-hander.
Mientkiewicz grand in Florida
(4/21/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz was 1-for-3 with a grand slam in Thursday's game at Florida. He also drew a pair of walks.
Mientkiewicz's days at cleanup end
(4/19/2005) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was back in the No. 7 spot after hitting cleanup for the second time in his career Sunday.
Mientkiewicz hits cleanup?
(4/18/2005) 1B Doug Mientkiewicz batted fourth for the second time in his career and first since May 20, 2001, for Minnesota. He went 1-for-2 with a walk. In the clubhouse before the game, Mientkiewicz apologized to Glavine for being his cleanup hitter.
Mientkiewicz gets first NL HR
(4/7/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz was 1-for-3 with his first National League home run at Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Mientkiewicz makes Mets debut
(3/2/2005) Doug Mientkiewicz made his debut for the Mets in Wednesday's spring game against the Nationals. He was hitless in one at-bat with a run scored.
Mets trade for Mientkiewicz
(1/27/2005) Boston sent Doug Mientkiewicz to the Mets in exchange for first base prospect Ian Bladergroen on Wednesday.
Mets to trade for Mientkiewicz
(1/26/2005) The New York Times notes that the Mets are responding to the loss of Carlos Delgado to division rival Florida on Tuesday, by possibly trading with Boston for Doug Mientkiewicz. "I feel confident that we can fill that slot, hopefully, within the next 24 hours," said general manager Omar Minaya.
(9/18/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (flu) went 1-for-2 at the Yankees Saturday.
Mientkiewicz pinch hits Wednesday
(9/16/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (flu) was able to go 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter against Tampa Bay Wednesday.
Mientkiewicz does not start
(9/14/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (flu) missed his second consecutive start on Tuesday.
Mientkiewicz misses game
(9/12/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz did not play Sunday against Seattle because of flu-like symtoms.
Mientkiewicz in the lineup
(8/31/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (shoulder) is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Angels.
Mientkiewicz gets MRI results
(8/29/2004) According to the Boston Globe, Doug Mientkiewicz (shoulder) had an MRI on Saturday that showed no structural damager.
Mientkiewicz doubtful this weekend
(8/27/2004) According to the Boston Globe, Doug Mientkiewicz is expected to miss the rest of the four-game series against the Tigers. Team medical director Bill Morgan diagnosed his injuries as a strained left biceps and a sprained AC joint of the left shoulder.
Mientkiewicz sidelined Thursday
(8/26/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (shoulder) was not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Tigers.
Mientkiewicz has sore shoulder
(8/26/2004) The Boston Globe notes that Doug Mientkiewicz left Wednesday's game at Toronto after he suffered a banged up left shoulder in the third inning sliding headfirst into second base. "Just as I start getting comfortable at the plate, something like this happens," he said.
Mientkiewicz an emergency catcher
(8/25/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz was on call as Boston's emergency catcher Monday at Toronto in the event anything happened to Doug Mirabelli, according to the Boston Globe.
Mientkiewicz plays second base
(8/16/2004) With the injuries to Pokey Reese and Kevin Youkilis, Doug Mientkiewicz got a rare start at second base on Monday against Toronto. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the contest.
Mientkiewicz debuts Saturday
(8/2/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz made his Boston debut on Saturday against his former team. He was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Mientkiewicz dealt to Red Sox
(7/31/2004) In a last-minute blockbuster deal, Boston traded Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton to the Chicago Cubs in a four-team trade. The Red Sox acquired Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. The Cubs will send Alex Gonzalez, Francis Beltran and Brendan Harris to the Expos and Justin Jones to the Twins.
Atlanta enters Mientkiewicz talks
(7/29/2004) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Braves, along with the Pirates and Mariners, have been rumored to be interested in a trade for Doug Mientkiewicz.
Mientkiewicz might not leave Twins
(7/28/2004) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that a Twins' official said there is a chance Doug Mientkiewicz will not be traded because the club believes they need him for a playoff push. But he was yanked from the lineup Tuesday before the game began, which might indicate a trade is imminent.
Mientkiewicz to be dealt
(7/26/2004) Two members of the Twins organization with knowledge of the situation told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Doug Mientkiewicz has been told he will be traded. Mientkiewicz also indicated he expects to be moved to the team can make room for Justin Morneau as their everyday first baseman. Pittsburgh and Boston are two possible destinations for the struggling Mientkiewicz.
(7/24/2004) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins plan on rotating seven players among five positions to give them all equal playing time. Torii Hunter, Lew ford, Jacque Jones and Shannon Stewart, along with first basemen Justin Morneau and Doug Mientkiewicz and catcher Matthew LeCroy, will be rotated among three outfield spots, one first base spot and one designated hitter job. Two of them will have to sit each day.
Mientkiewicz actived from DL
(7/22/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday. He should get less at-bats now that Justin Morneau is back with the big-league club.
Mientkiewicz still sore
(7/20/2004) According to the Star Tribune, Doug Mientkiewicz (left wrist) is still unable to swing a bat. He will continue rehabilitating the injury this week.
Mientkiewicz placed on DL
(7/15/2004) Minnesota placed Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
Mientkiewicz's wrist still sore
(7/11/2004) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Doug Mientkiewicz is still bothered by pain his left wrist
Mientkiewicz could miss a few games
(7/8/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz, who was struck on his surgically repaired left wrist before Wednesday's game, has been diagnosed with a deep bruise that could keep him sidelined for a couple of games, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Mientkiewicz out on Wednesday
(7/7/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz was scratched from Wednesday's lineup after being hit in the left wrist during batting practice.
Mientkiewicz drops to seventh
(7/2/2004) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz will drop to seventh in the batting order.
Mientkiewicz has calf injury
(6/24/2004) Doug Mentkiewicz (calf) did not start Thursday's game against at Boston.
Doug Mientkiewicz hits leadoff
(6/7/2004) Mientkiewicz hit leadoff for Minnesota on Sunday.
Mientkiewicz has MRI
(6/5/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz had an MRI on his chronically injured left wrist on Friday. No structural damage was found.
Mientkiewicz sits one out
(6/4/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) was unable to play against Tampa Bay Thursday.
Mientkiewicz plays Friday
(5/29/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (ankle) went 1-for-4 at Kansas City Friday.
Mientkiewicz fouls ball off ankle
(5/28/2004) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz fouled a pitch off his left ankle at Tampa Bay Thursday.
Mientkiewicz returns to play
(10:59 pm ET) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) went 1-for-3 with one run scored against the White Sox Saturday.
Mientkiewicz to play Saturday
(1:21 pm ET) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) was unable to play against the White Sox Friday. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he would start against Chicago Saturday.
Mientkiewicz's back still ailing
(5/20/2004) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz said his back felt better and hopes to avoid a stint on the disabled list. "It's more in the muscle that it was [Tuesday]," he said. "We'll see. I know (manager Ron Gardenhire's) way of doing things. If you tell him you're fine then he usually gives you one more day."
Mientkiewicz sidelined for a bit
(5/19/2004) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz (lower back) could be sidelined through the upcoming weekend series against the White Sox. When asked how he will treat it, he said, "I have no idea. I'm completely naked on this one. I don't know what to do. I've never been bent backwards like that before."
Mientkiewicz leaves game
(5/19/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz left Tuesday's game in the eighth inning due to a hyperextended lower back.
Mientkiewicz to move up
(4/26/2004) Ron Gardenhire plans to move Doug Mientkiewicz into the second spot in his batting order, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Mientkiewicz might move up in order
(4/22/2004) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins are considering moving Doug Mientkiewicz up to the No. 2 spot in the order since he ranks among the league leaders in on-base percentage.
Mientkiewicz plays Saturday
(4/18/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (ankle) returned to the lineup on Saturday. He was 1-for-3 with a run scored and RBI.
Mientkiewicz unable to go Friday
(4/17/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (ankle) was out of the lineup against Kansas City Friday.
Mientkiewicz injured Thursday
(4/15/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz left Thursday's game in the first inning due to an ankle injury.
Mientkiewicz starts off strong
(4/14/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz has hit safely in all seven of his games thus far, batting .367 (11-for-30) with five walks, four doubles, three RBI and four runs scored.
(2/29/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz (knee) was able to return to workouts on Sunday morning after suffering a hyperextended left knee on Saturday during fielding drills. "I'm just happy I woke up and it wasn't swollen," Mientkiewicz said.
Mientkiewicz sprains left knee
(2/28/2004) Doug Mientkiewicz suffered a sprained left knee on Saturday during a fielding drill during the team's first full-squad workout.
Mientkiewicz's surgery was extensive
(11/5/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the surgery on his left wrist was more extensive than originally planned. "The doctor cleaned up the cartilage but then saw a frayed tendon," he said. "He shaved that back, and I'll be ready to go by spring. He said I'll be pain-free. I told him I forgot what that's like."
Mientkiewicz has surgery on wrist
(10/9/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz underwent surgery Tuesday morning to "clean up" loose cartilage and repair frayed tendons in his left wrist, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He is expected to need about one month of rest before beginning rehabilitation.
Mientkiewicz to have surgery Tuesday
(10/7/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz will have surgery Tuesday to clean up loose cartilage in his left wrist.
Mientkiewicz to have wrist surgery
(10/6/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz hopes to have surgery on his left wrist as early as Tuesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He will return to Arizona once healthy for an intensive conditioning program.
Mientkiewicz returns to the lineup
(9/29/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz returned from a wrist injury Saturday in Detroit. He went 0-for-3 with an RBI in the game.
Mientkiewicz won't play Friday
(9/26/2003) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) won't play Friday in Detroit and might not start Saturday. He will require offseason surgery. "I'm not sure how many at-bats he's going to get," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's going to get a few extra days. I really don't have plans for him to do a heck of a lot. He'll take batting practice and try to get away from zinging that wrist."
Mientkiewicz does not play
(9/25/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) was unable to play again on Thursday.
Mientkiewicz nursing sore wrist
(9/25/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) was not in the lineup on Wednesday. He will likely rest his injury for most of the upcoming four-game set against Detroit.
Mientkiewicz gets cleared to play
(9/3/2003) The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) saw a hand specialist on Tuesday that said he won't hurt his wrist further by playing. Unfortunately, Mientkiewicz was unable to swing a bat without pain. He hopes to return Friday against Texas. He intends on having surgery as soon as the Twins playoff run ends.
Mientkiewicz's season in jeopardy
(9/2/2003) The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Doug Mientkiewicz will have his jammed wrist examined on Tuesday by specialist Tom Verecka. He can't receive any more cortisone shots in the wrist, but is experiencing enough pain that he might be forced to sit out the rest of the season. "It's worse," Mientkiewicz said. "The pain shoots up the elbow now. This is the first time it's hurt just sitting around the house."
Mientkiewicz gets four hits
(8/30/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz tied a career high in hits when he went 4-for-5, with an RBI and a run scored, at Texas on Friday.
Mientkiewicz returns to lineup
(8/23/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (sore) was back in the lineup for the first time in three games against Kansas City on Friday. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Mientkiewicz could return Friday
(8/22/2003) The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Mientkiewicz (wrist) took batting practice Thursday and might be able to play against Kansas City on Friday. It would be his first game since aggravating his injury on Sunday. "He did great, and he says he feels fine," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He still feels it a little when he swings."
Mientkiewicz remains out Thursday
(8/21/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) was unable to start Thursday's game, but he was available as a defensive replacement.
Mientkiewicz still sidelined
(8/20/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) remained sidelined on Wednesday.
Mientkiewicz still sidelined
(8/19/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) did not play on Tuesday and he might be sidelined again on Wednesday. "He had an MRI taken and it showed some old stuff in there,' manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's a strain of some ligaments, maybe some fraying, the kind of stuff that anybody who has played sports is going to have."
Mientkiewicz's X-rays are OK
(8/18/2003) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) had X-rays that showed no broken bones after he was forced to leave in the third inning of Sunday's game at Kansas City. He might get an MRI exam before Tuesday's game at Cleveland. He initially injured the wrist last week.
Mientkiewicz returns to lineup
(8/16/2003) Doug Mietnkiewicz went 3-for-5 with two RBI at the Royals on Saturday. He had missed a couple games because of a sore wrist.
Mientkiewicz sits out another
(8/16/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (wrist) sat out his second consecutive game at Kansas City on Friday.
Mientkiewicz has sore wrist
(8/14/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz missed Thursday's game due to a sore right wrist.
(7/1/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (knee) was in the starting lineup on Tuesday. He was 0-for-4.
Mientkiewicz leaves game
(6/30/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz left Monday's game in the fifth inning. He fouled a ball off of his right knee and suffered a bruise.
Mientkiewicz to play some third base?
(6/11/2003) The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Doug Mientkiewicz fielded ground balls at third base during batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against Colorado.
(6/10/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, batting 14-for-33 (.424) with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI.
Mientkiewicz returns to the lineup
(5/28/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (ankle) returned to the starting lineup Tuesday against Oakland. He was 0-for-3 in the game.
Mientkiewicz back, not starting
(5/26/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (ankle) played on Saturday and Sunday, but did not start.
Mientkiewicz remains out
(5/24/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (ankle) missed Friday's loss to Seattle. Manager Ron Gardenhire is expected to use him sparingly when he is ready to return.
Mientkiewicz will rejoin team Friday
(5/23/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (ankle) will rejoin the Twins on Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. However, manager Ron Gardenhire will use him sparingly for a few games.
Mientkiewicz will dodge the DL
(5/20/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz will undergo treatment on his sprained ankle in Minnesota before rejoining the Twins in Seattle on Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He will not play during the three-game series in Oakland beginning on Tuesday.
Mientkiewicz might avoid DL
(5/19/2003) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz (sprained ankle) might not need to go on the disabled list. "My coaches think he'll just be out for five or six days, and I guess we can live with that," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Mientkiewicz will be re-examined Monday morning before a final decision is made.
Mientkiewicz sprains left ankle
(5/18/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz is expected to miss at least 10 days after suffering a sprained left ankle. He might be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Mientkiewicz again in right field
(5/15/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz started his second consecutive game in right field on Thursday.
Mientkiewicz starts in right field
(5/15/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz started Wednesday's game in right field. He was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI.
Doug Mientkiewicz plays the outfield
(5/14/2003) Mientkiewicz finished Tuesday's game in right field, due to the Minnesota outfield corps being injury-depleted.
Mientkiewicz returns to the lineup
(5/8/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (thumb) was back in the starting lineup on Thursday. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.
Mientkiewicz to return Thursday
(5/8/2003) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz (swollen thumb) will return to the lineup Thursday in Tampa Bay.
Doug Mientkiewicz still out
(5/8/2003) Mientkiewicz (thumb) was not in the starting lineup, but he did make an appearance as a defensive replacement on Wednesday.
Mientkiewicz out until Thursday
(5/6/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz is not expected to return until at least Thursday. He has missed five games due to the injury. Manager Ron Gardenhire decided his right thumb injury is not responding. "I can pinch-hit him, but to take a pounding for nine innings, I don't think he's ready for that," Gardenhire told the team's official website.
Mientkiewicz expected back Tuesday
(5/5/2003) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz (thumb) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
Mientkiewicz out again Sunday
(5/4/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (bruised left thumb) missed his third consecutive game.
Mientkiewicz out again on Friday
(5/2/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (thumb) missed Friday's game. Todd Sears started in his absence at first base.
Mientkiewicz leaves Thursday's game
(5/1/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz left Thursday's game in the third inning after sustaining a thumb injury. X-rays taken after the game were negative. Todd Sears and Michael Cuddyer replaced him at first base to finish the game.
Mientkiewicz leaves Thursday's game
(5/1/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz left Thursday's game against Tampa Bay with an injured left thumb.
Mientkiewicz in the lineup Tuesday
(4/23/2003) Doug Mientkiewicz (back) returned to the lineup on Tuesday night. He was 0-for-4.
Mientkiewicz rests sore back
(4/22/2003) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Doug Mientkiewicz sat out Monday's game against the Yankees in order to rest his sore back.
(9/22/2002) Mientkiewicz returned to action Saturday after being rested four games with a sore lower back. It appears safe to activate him for the final week.
(9/21/2002) Mientkiewicz sat out Fridays game in Chicago to rest his sore back. "Doug came in today and said he could play," Gardenhire said. "I thought I'd give him another day. I'll play him for sure tomorrow." Keep Mientkiewicz active in AL-only leagues.
(9/10/2002) Mientkiewicz started Monday's game and went 1-for-3. He missed two consecutive games because of a sore wrist but appears to be fine.
(9/9/2002) Mientkiewicz missed his second straight game Monday against Oakland with a sore wrist. He remains day to day, and you should reserve him if you have a reliable alternative on your roster.
(9/8/2002) Mientkiewicz was given the night off on Saturday to rest his sore wrist. His current status is day to day.
(8/4/2002) Mientkiewicz (back) returned to the Minnesota lineup on Saturday. Fantasy leaguers should keep him active for the upcoming week.
(8/3/2002) Mientkiewicz had back spasms early Friday and did not start, but he took over at first base in the eighth inning. Monitor his status during the weekend before starting him for the upcoming period. Mike Cuddyer will likely replace him in the lineup if he is unable to return.
(7/2/2002) Mientkiewicz returned to the lineup on Monday an was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI. He has been suffering from a mildly sprained ankle.
(7/1/2002) Mientkiewicz was not in the lineup on Sunday after mildly spraining his ankle on Saturday. He is considered day to day and will be re-evaluated on Monday. Reserve Mientkiewicz if you have a healthier alternative, although his injury is not considered serious.
(6/30/2002) Mientkiewicz left Saturday's game in the seventh inning after hitting a single. He mildly sprained his left ankle during the swing. His current status is day to day.
(4:09 pm ET) Mientkiewicz (hand) returned to Minnesota's starting lineup on Wednesday. If he can stay healthy, Mientkiewicz will be a solid corner infielder during the remainder of the season.
(11:15 am ET) Mientkiewicz (hand) missed Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers. Mientkiewicz, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Bobby Kielty, might not play against until Friday. Be sure to monitor his status before starting Mientkiewicz in a daily league.
(5/21/2002) According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune, Mientkiewicz (wrist) is expected to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday. Unless he has a setback, getting Mientkiewicz back into your starting lineup in AL-only leagues is advised.
(5/20/2002) Mientkiewicz missed Sunday's game due to an injured wrist. He might be able to return Tuesday. He will be re-evaluated Monday, an off day for the Twins. Consider reserving Mientkiewicz for the next scoring period.
(5/18/2002) Mientkiewicz (hand) missed Saturday's game against the New York Yankees. Mientkiewicz, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Bobby Kielty, might not return until early next week. Be sure to monitor his status before starting Mientkiewicz during the next period.
(5/17/2002) Mientkiewicz returned to Minnesota Thursday and received an injection from a hand specialist to relieve pain in his ailing wrist. Manager Ron Gardenhire said it is possible Mientkiewicz might miss the weekend series at New York. David Ortiz might start at first base, with Brian Buchanan seeing more time at DH. Consider reserving Mientkiewicz until the next scoring period.
(5/16/2002) Mientkiewicz missed Wednesday's game after aggravating his wrist during batting practice. "They said they are going to re-evaluate it (Thursday)," Mientkiewicz told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune. "If it's not any better, I'll go back to Minnesota and have the doctors look at it." David Ortiz started at first base and Brian Buchanan assumed the designated hitter role.
(4/27/2002) Mientkiewicz was back in the starting lineup Friday. A strained back limited him to pinch-hitting on Thursday.
(4/25/2002) Mientkiewicz (back) pinch-hit in Thursday's game against Tampa Bay. He had a two-run RBI double in Minnesota's 6-2 win.
(4/25/2002) According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune, Mientkiewicz strained his back diving for a pop fly during Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay. He is listed as day to day.
(3/29/2002) Mientkiewicz is day to day with a sinus infection. He is expected to be ready for the season opener.
(2/27/2002) Mientkiewicz fouled a pitch off his lower right leg in the second inning Wednesday of the Twins' spring training opener against the Cincinnati Reds but did not appear to be seriously hurt. Mientkiewicz sustained a bruise but said he was all right while he walked through the clubhouse afterward.
(10/6/2001) The Twins have shut down Mientkiewicz for the season because of a sore right forearm. Mientkiewicz, who hit .306 with 15 homers for the Twins, wore a cast Friday, but an MRI revealed no damage to the tendon in his arm.
(9/4/2001) Mientkiewicz was back in the starting lineup Sunday and went 0-for-2 with a walk. He was kept out of the starting lineup on Friday and Saturday because of a dental problem.
(9/2/2001) Mientkiewicz didn't start for the second straight game Saturday due to discomfort after having a wisdom tooth pulled on Thursday. He should be fine for next week, however, so keep him active for now.
(9/1/2001) Mientkiewicz did not feel well and sat out Friday's game after having a wisdom tooth pulled on Thursday. The Twins' first baseman played Thursday after the procedure, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
(8/27/2001) Don't expect Mientkiewicz' sore leg to bother him this week even though he was the designated hitter on Saturday and Sunday to rest himself. "I think I'll be able to play [first base]," Mientkiewicz told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I'm planning on it".
(8/26/2001) Mientkiewicz was at DH Saturday with a slightly pulled leg muscle after playing 122 straight games at first base for the Twins. He should be healthy enough to play next week.
(6/30/2001) Mientkiewicz returned to the Minnesota lineup after sitting out the last two games with stiffness in his back. He was 0-for-4 on Friday.
(6/29/2001) Mientkiewicz missed his second straight game Thursday with tightness in the middle of his back. Denny Hocking started at first base in his absence. Mientkiewicz will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
(6/28/2001) Mientkiewicz sat out Wednesday game and wasn't in the starting lineup on June 28 because of tightness in the middle of his back. "He probably could've played," Minnesota manager Tom Kelly said. "I don't think it's anything to get excited about." Denny Hocking has started the last two games at first base. Mientkiewicz will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
(5/16/2001) Mientkiewicz went 0-for-3 Wednesday, dropping his batting average to .400 and snapping his hitting streak at nine games. He is second to Manny Ramirez, who is batting .407, for hitting in the American League.
(5/14/2001) Mientkiewicz went 1-for-4 Sunday with a double to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is batting .407 this season but has been more effective at home. Mientkiewicz is 30-for-63 (.476) in the Metrodome. Look for him to continue to hit well this week. The Twins' next four games are at home.
(4/30/2001) Mientkiewicz batted 1-for-2 Sunday to extend his career-high hitting streak to 12 games. He has quietly been one of the better first basemen in the majors hitting .368 with 5 HR and 19 RBI.
(3/21/2001) Mientkiewicz was kicked in the head Tuesday while attempting to tag a baserunner. He was taken for precautionary X-rays but the injury is not considered to be serious. Mientkiewicz will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
(3/20/2000) Mientkiewicz was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake City. "In fairness to Doug, I should have sent him down last year when Mr. Ryan (general manager Terry Ryan) wanted to do so in the summer," Tom Kelly said. Mientkiewicz's departure leaves David Ortiz, Ron Coomer, Butch Huskey and Mario Valdez to battle for the starting job at first base.
(6/10/1999) An X-Ray revealed only a bruise on Doug Mientkiewicz's injured right leg. He fouled a pitch of the leg during last night's game. He is expected to be out only a couple of games.
(3/2/1999) Here's a good-looking prospect that could see a lot of time first base this year. In the minors, Mientkiewicz did it all, hitting for average and power. He should be able to make a quick adjustment to the majors and might produce good numbers. Mientkiewicz can hit for power and average and should be able to fit into the Twins lineup somewhere. Look for 300-plus at bats and a lot of run production.