MINNEAPOLIS -- The All-Star break was a nice refresher for most of the Twins, but not for catcher Joe Mauer or closer Glen Perkins, who represented the club in the Midsummer Classic at Citi Field.
But Mauer, who went 1-for-2 and caught six scoreless innings in the American League's 3-0 win, said the experience was worth it, especially spending it with Perkins for the first time. Perkins didn't get into the game but warmed up three times.
"I was hoping he would've got an inning there or a batter, but for him just to experience it, I know he had a great time," Mauer said. "I had yesterday [off], which was pretty nice. So it was a nice little break there. Like I said, any time you get a chance to go to the All-Star Game, it's definitely worth going."
Mauer added that he is willing to be an ambassador for the Twins next year with Target Field set to host the Midsummer Classic, but said he has to be named an All-Star first.
"Being in those games, I know that it's never promised and never guaranteed," Mauer said. "To be a part of any one is special, and I hope I can have a chance next year. That'd be great. I'd gladly do whatever they want me to do. I got to chat with David Wright there and saw him at the brunch at the game, and Tuesday morning he was exhausted. He said it was a lot of fun."
Trade Deadline looming, Morneau, Perkins want to stay
MINNEAPOLIS -- With the All-Star Game in the rearview mirror, the July 31 Trade Deadline looms for the Twins, who are expected to be sellers after losing 12 of 15 entering the break.
First baseman Justin Morneau and closer Glen Perkins are the club's two biggest trade chips, but Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he'll listen to potential offers for any of the club's players. Others who could be available include veteran right-handers Mike Pelfrey and Kevin Correia and veteran utility infielder Jamey Carroll.
"Whenever you have deadlines, it always picks up whenever you get closer to it, so I'm sure it will," Ryan said. "There are teams that want to move quickly and others who want to find out where they stand. The next week will be a big deal for a lot of teams."
Morneau is making $14 million this season, the last of a six-year deal, and he said he's trying his best to ignore all the trade rumors surrounding him.
"It's out of my control," Morneau said. "I'm not too worried about it. If it happens, I'll deal with it. If not, I'm happy to play here."
Morneau added that his camp has not been contacted by the Twins about a possible extension, and that he has six teams on a limited no-trade clause, but none of those are listed as potential suitors. Teams reportedly interested in Morneau are the Yankees, Rays, Orioles, Red Sox and Pirates.
Morneau also wouldn't say if he'd re-sign with the Twins this offseason if he were dealt, as he didn't want to answer any hypothetical questions. But he did note that if it were up to him, he'd stay with Minnesota.
"I think it's more rewarding to win with the organization you've grown up with and the people that you almost become a family with," said Morneau, who has played with the Twins since '03. "It's a place where I'm happy and we've won here, which is always the goal. But it's not up to me, so we'll see what happens."
Perkins, a Stillwater, Minn., native, has made it clear that his preference is to remain with the Twins, especially after signing a three-year extension before last season with a $4.5 million option for '16.
"Everyone knows where I want to be," said Perkins, an All-Star for the first time this year. "I guess the thing I really only worry about is going out and pitching. But they'll do what's right for the team, but I think that's me here, so we'll see."
Gardy hopes Colabello callup will provide spark
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins recalled infielder Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester on Friday after optioning three players before the All-Star break. Catcher Chris Herrmann was recalled on Sunday while infielder Doug Bernier had his contract purchased from Rochester on Sunday.
Colabello, 29, is coming off an appearance at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday when he went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. The right-handed hitter earned a spot on the International League All-Star team by hitting .354/.432/.652 with 24 homers and 76 RBIs in 85 games for the Red Wings.
Colabello has appeared in seven games over two stints with the Twins this year, batting .125 (2-for-16). He has been named the International League Player of the Week twice this season.
Minnesota opened up a spot for Colabello on Sunday, optioning Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar to Rochester. By waiting to promote Colabello, the Twins afforded him the opportunity to play in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he hopes the roster shakeup will provide a spark for the Twins, who lost 12 of 15 heading into the break.
"Colabello has put up all kinds of numbers, and we're awful left-handed, so he's going to get some swings," Gardenhire said. "And we've already seen what our young catcher can do. He can play left or right, and he can catch, and so we like that. And Bernier has been around. He's only played a few games in the big leagues, but he can pick it."
It marked the second stint with the Twins for Herrmann this year and the first for Bernier, who last appeared in the Majors in '08 with the Rockies.
"It's so exciting," said Bernier, who was hitting .295 in 92 games at Rochester. "This is what you dream about when you're a little kid. This is what I was dreaming about all through the Minor Leagues. It's a good opportunity. It's just special."