Twins lefthander Blaine Hardy underwent Tommy John surgery to replace a ligament in his pitching elbow last week, and will need at least a year of rehabilitation.
The Twins signed Hardy to a minor league contract in November after the 33-year-old was waived by the Tigers following a season in which he had a 4.47 ERA in 39 games, all in relief.
Meanwhile, with a moratorium on roster transactions about to go into effect around Major League Baseball, the Twins pared their spring training roster this week, assigning Hardy and 14 other nonroster players — including prominent prospects Royce Lewis, Trevor Larnach and Alex Kirilloff — to minor league camps. The moves left the remaining roster at 40 players. A moratorium on roster transactions went into effect Friday, following the approval by MLB and the players association on an agreement over how to handle this coronavirus-disrupted season.
Perunovich turns pro
Scott Perunovich, a junior defenseman who helped Minnesota Duluth win the past two national championships, agreed to terms with the St. Louis Blues on a two-year, entry level contract.
The 5-10, 175-pound Perunovich, a native of Hibbing, Minn., was a second-round draft pick (45th overall) of the Blues in 2018. Last week he was named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to college hockey's top player. Earlier this week, he was named NCHC player of the year and the conference's offensive defenseman of the year for the third consecutive year.
Perunovich, 21, was the first defenseman to win the NCHC scoring title, with four goals and a league-high 28 assists in 24 conference games
The Vikings re-signed running back Ameer Abdullah, who carried 23 times for 115 yards last season and caught 15 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. He also was the team's top kick returner, averaging 25 yards on 13 returns.
The Vikings also brought back guard Dakota Dozier, who played all 16 games last year and started four. Dozier's one-year deal is worth roughly $1 million for the 2020 season, according to an NFL source.
Golfer Burnham wins
LPGA pro Sarah Burnham, a Wayzata graduate from Maple Grove, shot a second consecutive even-par 72 and won the 54-hole Cactus Tour event in Buckeye, Ariz., at 4 over par.
Burnham, 24, won by four strokes and picked up $5,555 in prize money. This was Burnham's second event on the Cactus Tour, one of several minitours in southern states still conducting events during the coronavirus pandemic. She tied for fourth last week.
UMAC loses a football team
The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference will have just eight football teams next fall after MacMurray College announced it's closing.
The school in Jacksonville, Ill., said in a statement that the closure was because of "no viable financial path forward."
MacMurray joined the UMAC as an associate member in 2009.
• Senior defenseman Jack Ahcan of St. Cloud State signed a two-year, entry-level deal with Boston Bruins.
• The Minnesota Boys' Basketball Coaches Association named its coaches of the year: Class 4A, Dave Flom, Eden Prairie; 3A, Omar McMillan, Richfield; 2A, Brad King, Caledonia; 1A, Randy Misegades, Henning.
• Senior forward Bre Simon of Hamline was named to American Hockey Coaches Association's Division III All-America West first team.