U Mitch Garver is here, ready to become the 11th Twin to make his major-league debut, tying the franchise record for a single season. (There were 11 in 1999, too.)
It might come tonight, but not necessarily — Garver isn’t in the starting lineup. He’s also primarily a catcher, too, and manager Paul Molitor said, “I don’t envision catching being a big need for us right now.”
But Garver has played 14 games in left field at Class AAA Rochester this season, and five at first base, and Molitor said he would feel comfortable playing him at either spot. He also likes having a right-handed bat off the bench, something the Twins have lacked this year. Garver was batting .291 when he got the call last night, and has a career-high 17 home runs, too.
“I’m happy that we’ve taken the road that kind of increases his versatility,” Molitor said. “We’ll see how he gets mixed in.”
The Twins are trying to get on a roll again, something that was derailed by the Cleveland Indians and wet weather. They’ll face the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend, with Ron Gardenhire looking on from the visitor’s dugout. The D-Backs’ bench coach says he’s cancer-free, is enjoying his new role with one of the National League’s better teams, and is looking forward to witnessing Michael Cuddyer and Andy MacPhail being inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame the next couple of days.
Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the three-game interleague series (Update: J.D. Martinez was scratched. Brandon Drury is now the DH. Here is updated lineup:)