Righthander Zack Littell is expected to be called up as the 26th player and make one of the starts Tuesday when the Twins play the White Sox in a doubleheader at Target Field.
Manager Paul Molitor would only confirm that Littell is being considered.
The single-admission doubleheader, with the first game scheduled to start at 3:10 p.m., was scheduled after three consecutive games against the White Sox were postponed because of bad weather in April. Fernando Romero will start the other game for the Twins.
“It’s not settled,” Molitor said. “We’re looking at options. Everybody knows there are things we’ve done in Triple-A to help set ourselves up. We have to figure out how we want to use the 26th man or other roster moves depending on how things go (Sunday) that would probably influence how we want to go into Tuesday.”
It would be a quick rise for Littell, acquired from the Yankees for Jaime Garcia last July. Littell was 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA at Class AA Chattanooga before being promoted to Class AAA Rochester. Once there, he turned things around. He’s 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in five outings for the Red Wings, including four starts. In 28 innings, Littell, 22, has given up eight earned runs on 20 hits and 10 walks with 30 strikeouts.
Righthander Aaron Slegers and lefthander Stephen Gonsalves of the Red Wings also are available to pitch, so the Twins have options for the spot start.