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43 Josmil Pinto C
Height/Weight: 5-11/222 | Birthdate: 3/31/1989 | Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 7/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins catcher Josmil Pinto catches in minor-league game Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto (concussion) caught three innings in a minor-league game Monday. He went 0 for 1 with two walks. He plans to catch in another minor-league game Tuesday, per the Pioneer Press.

Twins C Josmil Pinto (concussion) passes tests, cleared to return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto has passed his concussion tests and has been cleared to return to game action, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pinto will likely play in a minor-league game Monday as he works his way back into action. Pinto hasn't played since March 21 and is 7 for 17 this spring.


Twins' Molitor: 'Time is running out' for Josmil Pinto


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor said that "time is running out" for Josmil Pinto to break camp with the club.

Pinto has missed the last eight days after getting hit in the head three times by a backswing. 

Pinto, who failed his last concussion test, will be evaluated again on Sunday. If he passes, he could play on Monday. Molitor warned that it may already be too late, however, per MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger

Pinto has been competing with Chris Herrmann for the Twins' backup catcher spot. Herrmann is hitting .300 this spring with a homer and three RBI. 


Twins' Molitor: Josmil Pinto failed his concussion test


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters that catcher Josmil Pinto did not pass his concussion test, and has not been cleared to play in games. Pinto, who suffered concussion-like symptoms after he was hit on the back of the head three times by an Adam Jones backswing last week, was limited to working out on Saturday.

Molitor hopes to have Pinto play games by Monday, and added that the backup catcher decision is "still in flux," per the Pioneer Press.


Twins' Josmil Pinto (concussion): I'm cleared for 'everything'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto told reporters he had been cleared to do "everything" in terms of baseball activity, but isn't sure when he'll see game action, per the Pioneer Press.

Pinto suffered concussion-like symptoms after he was hit on the back of the head three times by an Adam Jones backswing on Saturday. He indicated earlier in the week that he could get into a game this weekend.


Twins C Josmil Pinto could see game action this weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto (concussion) is scheduled to hit in the cages and do everything but catch a bullpen on Thursday. If he makes it through without any setbacks, he'll get into a game this weekend, according to MLB.com.

Twins catcher Josmil Pinto cleared for limited baseball activity


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto (concussion) said Wednesday he has been cleared for limited baseball activity, per the Pioneer Press. He will hit in the batting cage Wednesday and might catch a bullpen session Thursday

Pinto added if all goes to plan, he could return to game action this weekend, per MLB.com. He said his only issue was headaches, but they are no longer bothering him.


Twins' Josmil Pinto remains sidelined with concussion-like symptoms


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto remains sidelined with concussion-like symptoms, according to the Star Tribune. Pinto was hit on the back of the head three times by an Adam Jones backswing Saturday, but is starting to "feel better," after using the stationary bike, per the Tribune.

"I don't remember (it) very well,' Pinto said of the Jones' swing, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I know it was the third time. They just took me out of the game for precautionary reasons."


Twins' Josmil Pinto still showing concussion symptoms


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto is still showing the effects of a concussion he suffered on Saturday.

Pinto was hit in the head three times by a batter's backswing. After testing, he was diagnosed with a concussion. 

On Monday, general manager Terry Ryan updated Pinto's condition, saying he was "doing better and making progress". However, Pinto is "still experiencing some mild concussion symptoms". He isn't showing sensativity to light, and the team expects him to be back within three or four days, per the Pioneer Press.


Twins' Josmil Pinto diagnosed with concussion


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Twins infielder catcher Josmil Pinto has been diagnosed with a concussion, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pinto said he didn't suffer a concussion after being hit on the back of the head three times by an Adam Jones backswing Saturday, per teammate Eduardo Escobar, but his evaluation determined that not to be the case. The catcher will be held out of baseball activities for at least four-to-five days.

Pinto is 6 for 17 with one double in seven spring games.


Twins catcher Josmil Pinto being evaluated for concussion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto left Saturday's spring game against the Orioles after he was hit on the head by Adam Jones' bat twice on his follow-through, per MLB.com. Pinto was being evaluated for a concussion.

Twins' Josmil Pinto (quad) finally gets into spring game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto, who has been sidelined due to a strained right quad, made his spring debut Wednesday against the Rays. However, he was used at DH instead of making a start at catcher.

Twins manager Paul Molitor plans to ease Pinto back into action, per The Star Tribune.


Twins' Josmil Pinto (quad) expected to play this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday that catcher Josmil Pinto is expected to see game action this week, MLB.com reports.

Pinto has been sidelined by a right quad strain but said Sunday that he felt better. He has yet to play in a game this spring.


Twins C Josmil Pinto on strained quad: 'I feel better'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto (quad) took some swings in the batting cage for the second straight day Sunday and hoped to be able to catch a bullpen session or two, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"I feel better," Pinto said.

Pinto is dealing with a strained right quad that extends to the top of the kneecap area. General manager Terry Ryan said Saturday that the catcher entered camp in excellent shape before suffering the injury in a baserunning drill.

"I don’t think this is going to affect him at all with his ability to make this club," Ryan said. "As soon as we get him healthy, we’ll get him out there, get him his at-bats and see how he looks. He came in in really good shape, which was amazing. Now all of a sudden, he’s got a tweak, but those things happen."

Pinto hit .219/.315/.391 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 169 at-bats last season.


Josmil Pinto hitting and throwing for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto is slowly coming back from a right quad injury that has caused him to miss time in camp.

Pinto played catch and hit on Saturday. He's still not doing any drills or catching any bullpen sessions. 


Twins' Ryan not worried about Josmil Pinto's hamstring injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto is sidelined in camp due to a hamstring injury. However, the injury is not considered serious.

General manager Terry Ryan said Pinto tweaked his hamstring during a drill, per the Pioneer Press.

"I'm not too worried about it," Ryan said.


Twins C Josmil Pinto has eyes set on improving defensively


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto struggled defensive last season. He was unable to throw out a base steals in all 20 attempts in 2014. Pinto, who is an early favorite to secure a backup spot behind Kurt Suzuki this season, told reporters he played Venezuela this offseason to get more reps and improve his skills defensively, according to MLB.com.

"That's the first reason I went to Venezuela," Pinto said. "I wanted to catch a couple games and improve my defense. It was the first year I played a complete season. So it was good.

"Improving my defense is the most important part to me making the team," Pinto said. "And I want to make the team."


Twins' Molitor: Pinto, Herrmann Fryer competing for backup catcher spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters on Tuesday that there is a three-man race between Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer for the club's backup role behind Kurt Suzuki, per MLB.com.

"That's going to be an interesting competition," Molitor said. "There's different criteria you can consider. Do you want the guy that is going to be your best defender for 30-40 games or you want to have the offense and hopefully have enough defense? I'm open-minded."

At this point, Pinto may be the early favorite because of his threat at the plate. He hit 257/.339/.445 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in 78 career games with Minnesota. Herrmann slashed .194/.264/.284 hitter in 97 games over parts of three years with the Twins. Fryer is hitting .246 in 50 career games.


Josmil Pinto in starting lineup for Sunday's season finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto (illness) is in the starting lineupf or Sunday's season finale against the Tigers.

Josmil Pinto departs game with illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto left Saturday's game against Detroit because of an illness. Pinto left the game before his catching duties even started in the bottom of the first inning. He is hitting .216 with seven homers and 18 RBI over 167 at-bats. His status for the season finale on Sunday remains uncertain.

Twins announce September callups


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Twins announced their September callups on Monday. The following players will be promoted from the minors: Aaron Hicks, Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann, Doug Bernier, Lester Oliveros, Logan Darnell, Michael Tonkin and A.J. Achter.

Josmil Pinto lands on minor league DL with hip issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Not much has gone right for catcher Josmil Pinto lately. He suffered through a 2-for-24 slump with the Twins, got sent down to Triple-A Rochester and has now been placed on the minor league disabled list with a hip ailment.

The good news is that the problem is not considered serious.

Pinto owns a fine .282/.417/.513 stat line with the Red Wings this season.


Josmil Pinto must improve the way he frames pitches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN Radio that catcher Josmil Pinto, demoted to Triple-A Rochester last week, has a lot of work to do on his defensive game. Closer Glen Perkins echoed those thoughts in an interview with the same station.

"He’s a long ways away, to be honest with you," Perkins said. "Balls close to the zone, balls below the zone — I guess I don’t really know about blocking and all those things — but his pitch framing, he’s got some work to do. … I don’t know what level he’s at, but he’s surely not at the big-league level as far as catching for me."

Perkins added that pitch framing "makes the biggest difference in the world."


Twins send down Josmil Pinto


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) The Twins optioned catcher Josmil Pinto to Triple-A Rochester, reports 1500ESPN.com. He's hit .200 since May 1 and has not thrown out a baserunner all season.

Triple-A trip could be looming for Josmil Pinto


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) The Twins are trying to figure out what the plan for catcher Josmil Pinto will be moving forward, now that he can't really serve as DH with the signing of Kendrys Morales.

Pinto, who got off to a strong start with the bat, has been flailing for a while, both at the plate and behind it. He has yet to throw out a baserunner as a catcher, and is hitting just .200/.227/.329 sine May 1.

As a result of the roster crunch, manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com Wednesday the team is considering sending him down to Triple-A Rochester to play every day.

"It's all the things we're talking about," Gardenhire said. "We're trying to figure out our route here. We're trying to see how we can work him in and keep him developing, too. We're working on it. The whole process."