Twins bullpen still short-staffed
- Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III
- Star Tribune
- June 13, 2013 - 5:14 PM
Well, the Twins bullpen almost was back at full strength on Wednesday.
Righthander Jared Burton, who felt a twinge in his groin while throwing a pitch over the weekend, was available after taking Tuesday off. Burton felt something while pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Saturday and needed an extra day of rest on Tuesday. A big proponent of aquatherapy, he hit the pool this week and said he felt good. He threw about a dozen pitches before Wednesday’s game and announced himself ready to go.
“I could tell as soon as I got on the mound that I was good to go,” said Burton, the Twins’ primary eighth-inning setup man.
Righthander P.J. Walters’ 7⅓-inning outing Tuesday was huge in that Burton wasn’t missed much. Brian Duensing followed Walters and gave up the tying run, but the Twins scored in the bottom of the eighth to win the game.
Righthander Ryan Pressly needed Tuesday off, too. His arm was ready to go on Wednesday — but the rest of him wasn’t.
Pressly arrived at the park Wednesday feeling under the weather. He was checked out by a team doctor and was told to take himself and his germs and go home.
Manager Ron Gardenhire hoped that Pressly could be available Thursday for the series finale vs. Philadelphia.
Pressly came down with soreness on the back of his right shoulder over the weekend, which he believed was the result of him slacking off of his in-season conditioning program.
“Arm-wise he feels good,” Gardenhire said. “But his arm is not going to help us today. He came here, the doctors saw him and sent him right back to the house.”
Pressly was a Rule 5 pick up during the offseason but has gone 2-0 with a 1.24 ERA.
Twins Hall of Fame
Eddie Guardado has arrived in town in advance of his induction into the Twins Hall of Fame on Friday. The durable reliever spent pregame in the clubhouse and behind the batting cages, speaking with Twins and Phillies players.
When the game began, Everyday Eddie settled down inside the Twins clubhouse and watched the action.
“He makes me nervous,” Gardenhire said. “He’s always the practical joker, so we’ll have to be careful will Eddie in the house. A very exciting weekend coming up for him and his family. And very well-deserved.”
Tom Mee, former director of public relations, also is being inducted. Current Twins Hall of Fame members Rick Aguilera, Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Kent Hrbek, Tom Kelly, Tony Oliva, Jim Perry, Brad Radke and Jim Rantz are scheduled to attend the ceremony prior to the Twins’ game against the Tigers.
• Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez has been working out and getting his swings in as he works his way back from a concussion late last month in Detroit. His next step will be to go out on the field and take some fly balls. It will be awhile before Ramirez will be back with the club. He will have to be cleared to play and then head out on a rehabilitation assignment.
• Class AAA Rochester was off on Wednesday, so third baseman Trevor Plouffe was idle. He will continue his rehabilitation assignment (left calf strain) on Thursday, when he is scheduled to play all nine innings for the Red Wings.
• Twins television broadcaster Dick Bremer is headed to the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The veteran announcer will be inducted on Sept. 29 as part of a class that includes WCCO sportscaster Mark Rosen.
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