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Twins place Blackburn on DL instead of Doumit

  • Blog Post by: Phil Miller
  • May 17, 2012 - 11:04 AM

DETROIT -- The Twins placed starting pitcher Nick Blackburn on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left quadriceps muscle and chose not to place catcher Ryan Doumit on the DL.

Doumit had an MRI exam on Wednesday night, and the team said the results came back favorable. The Twins announced the move that Doumit was heading to the DL on Wednesday night, but the official move hadn't been made.

Ben Revere has been recalled from Class AAA Rochester and will start in center field today.

With an open date Monday, the Twins won't need a replacement for Blackburn until May 26, when the face the Tigers at Target Field. For now, they'll play with 12 pitchers and 13 position players, and Manager Ron Gardenhire noted that it's good to have the extra position player for this weekend's interleague series in Milwaukee.

"Doumit is going to go day-to-day," Gardenhire said. "He got good news on the MRI last night. It’s a mild strain of the calf. And there’s thoughts that it’s going to be a few days here. We’ll see how we get through Milwaukee [this weekend], and he believes if he had to go out there, he could play right now. He came in feeling pretty good, so that’s really good news for us.

"The announcement that he was on the DL was just a little early. ... We just got a little ahead of ourselves. It’s our mistake because Doumit didn’t sleep last night hearing he was on the DL. So I told him, call me."

Today's challenge: Doug Fister

The Twins have a chance to sweep a two-game series from the Tigers this afternoon, but they’ll have to overcome Doug Fister and his 0.54 ERA to do it.

Fister, who missed one month with a strained rib cage muscle, has made two starts since coming off the DL, and though he hasn’t been rewarded with a victory, he’s pitched very well.

The Twins counter with rookie righthander P.J. Walters, who looked pretty poised in last Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Neither of these teams has posted back-to-back wins for a while. The Twins haven’t done it since April 11-12, of course, and the Tigers haven’t done it since they won four straight from April 15-18.

Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson, who’s batting .331, left Wednesday night’s game with a mild abdominal strain, so it’s doubtful he’ll play today, and Detroit closer Jose Valverde had back tightness in Chicago on Tuesday, so Joaquin Benoit would likely handle a save situation.

TWINS (11-26)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Brian Dozier, SS
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, DH
6. Trevor Plouffe, RF
7. Alexi Casilla, 2B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Jamey Carroll, 3B

Starting pitcher: RH P.J. Walters (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

TIGERS (18-19)

1. Don Kelly, CF
2. Andy Dirks, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Brennan Boesch, RF
8. Jhonny Peralta, SS
9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

Starting pitcher: RH Doug Fister (0-1, 0.54 ERA)

Comerica Park. First pitch: 12:05 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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