There’s a chance two of the three scheduled games between the Twins and Orioles this week will be rained out.
Monday’s game was postponed, and the forecast for Wednesday’s game is not promising, with rain expected to fall from midday into the evening. While the Twins have an off day Thursday, Baltimore opens a four-game series at home against Detroit on Thursday, so a makeup game that day isn’t possible.
Monday’s rainout has been rescheduled for 6:10 p.m. July 28. The teams hope that makeup date doesn’t become a doubleheader.
“We have belief and understanding that there is going to be rain [Wednesday],” Twins President Dave St. Peter said. “I think it’s generally our hope that [if] it impacts the start time, there will be enough time for us to play Wednesday/Wednesday evening.
“We will be prepared to wait Wednesday for some time in order to try to get that game in. God forbid, if we don’t get that game in, there’s a pretty good chance that July 28 would be turned into a split day-night doubleheader.”
The Orioles already have had four games rained out this season — two at home and two on the road. Monday’s rainout was the first of the season for the Twins.
Righthander Kyle Gibson said he felt great following a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday afternoon.
“He’s going to throw another one on Friday,” Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said. “And then we’ll go from there. So far he’s doing well. We’ll see what he feels like after the Friday session.”
Gibson hasn’t pitched in a game since April 22 at Washington, after which he experienced discomfort in the back of his right shoulder and landed on the disabled list less than a week later. If Friday’s session goes well, he likely will head out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
At 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA, Gibson is one of several Twins pitchers who have struggled during the early part of the season.
The Twins made a minor league move that could end up having major league ramifications.
Righthander J.T. Chargois was promoted from Class AA Chattanooga to Class AAA Rochester on Tuesday, putting one of the organization’s hardest throwers one step away from a Twins debut.
Chargois, whose fastball has reached 100 miles per hour, posted a 1.54 ERA over 11 ⅔ innings with the Lookouts with five walks and 14 strikeouts. Now at Rochester, Chargois could be a future option for a struggling Twins bullpen. Twins relievers entered Tuesday with a 4.20 ERA, 22nd in the majors.
• Shortstop Nick Gordon, on the disabled list at Class A Fort Myers because of a concussion, is expected to return in a few days.
• Righthander Logan Lombana, a reliever at Class A Cedar Rapids, has been suspended for 80 games for violating the minor league drug policy. Lombana tested positive for ibutamoren, a performance-enhancing drug. Lombana has a 3.38 ERA in seven games with the Kernels with five walks and 16 strikeouts in 16 innings. Cedar Rapids will have 31 games left when Lombana, a 25th-round draft pick in 2015, is eligible to play again.