Vikings release 13 from roster; T-Wolves hire shooting coach
The Minnesota Vikings made a series of roster moves Monday, releasing 13 players, waiving one and activating one from the physically unable to perform list.
Minnesota released safety Brandan Bishop, tackle Pierce Burton, cornerback Derek Cox, wide receiver Andy Cruse, wide receiver Kamar Jorden, wide receiver Erik Lora, tackle Kevin Murphy, defensive tackle Kheeston Randall, defensive end Tyler Scott, defensive end Jake Snyder, tight end Kory Sperry, cornerback Robert Steeples and wide receiver Ty Walker.
The Vikings also waived/injured safety Mistral Raymond and activated tight end Chase Ford from the PUP list.
Wolves to hire shooting coach
Head coach Flip Saunders plans to hire a shooting coach to assist several veterans, including point guard Ricky Rubio.
Rubio and at least two other veterans on the roster are working with shooting coaches this offseason.
Saunders identified Rubio and Chase Budinger as players who had partnered with shot-focused coaches. Rubio shot 38 percent from the field in 2013-14 and with All-Star Kevin Love, the team’s top threat inside and outside, moved to Cleveland via trade, defenses will clamp down on Rubio and rookie guard Andrew Wiggins.
Minnesota finished 21st in adjusted field goal percentage last season.
Saunders said Monday he wasn’t confident the Love trade would happen.
“There were so many different dynamics and so many working parts, I wasn’t sure a trade was going to get done,” Saunders said.
RHP Yohan Pino reported soreness behind his right throwing elbow following a five-inning performance in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. Pino was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game but will remain in the Twin Cities to get treatment.
DH Kennys Vargas went 3-for-5 and has hit safely in 19 of his 23 career games in the big leagues. Sunday’s game was his 10th multi-hit game and the three hits tied his career high. He has at least two hits in four of his last five games.
CF Danny Santana went 2-for-5 Sunday and drove in two runs. He has a hit in nine straight games, hitting .342 with two doubles, three triples and a homer with six RBIs over that span.
3B Trevor Plouffe doubled in the seventh inning Sunday. The double was his 37th this season, tying Corey Koskie’s franchise record among third basemen. Koskie hit 37 doubles in both 2001 and 2002.