Is transition to bullpen to blame for Slowey's injury?

Alex Burnett was called up to take Kevin Slowey's place on the active roster.

hide

Kevin Slowey in spring training.

Photo: Dave Martin, Associated Press - Ap

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

The Twins counted on Kevin Slowey to boost their remodeled bullpen, but the righthander lasted only three appearances before coming down with arm trouble. Now he has landed on the 15-day disabled list.

The club hoped it could wait a few days for Slowey's soreness to subside, but it didn't want to be shorthanded in the bullpen, so it placed him on the DL Friday night because of bursitis -- inflammation in his shoulder -- and called up righthander Alex Burnett to replace him on the roster.

"The best thing to do is to give him time and get another pitcher in here," manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday. "You can't go short too many days. We have a lot of games.'

"The MRI was perfect. He just has a little tendinitis."

Slowey entered spring training competing for a spot in the rotation, but the Twins announced March 22 that he would open the season in the bullpen, giving him more than a week to adapt to a relief role.

The obvious question is if Slowey came down with soreness because of the transition.

"I don't know. I'm certainly not a medical professional, so asking to figure out or extrapolate what caused it, I think, wouldn't be very fair for me to say what caused it," said Slowey, who has given up one run in 3 2/3 innings. "All I know is we got an MRI done and the doctors said they don't think it's anything serious. They do recommend taking some time and then going from there."

Gardenhire, however, indicated that Slowey might have failed to loosen up as much as he should have.

"That's something Slowey is going to have to learn, probably," Gardenhire said, "to warm up a little better and take it a little bit easier rather than try to rush. It's a learning experience."

Burnett gets the ball

Burnett faced one batter at Class AAA Rochester this year.

"Two pitches," he said with a chuckle. "I've thrown two pitches this season and I'm already here."

Burnett pitched in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Oakland, walking the only batter he faced. He was cut from major league camp March 19, before relievers such as Pat Neshek and Jim Hoey. Neshek went on to be claimed off waivers by San Diego.

Hoey also was considered to take Slowey's place, but Twins officials said Burnett was sharper during the final week of minor league spring training.

"Burnett is throwing the best, they said," Gardenhire said.

Burnett, who was 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 41 games as a Twins rookie last season, will help get the Twins through the sixth and seventh innings, leaving Matt Capps and Jose Mijares to hold down the eighth.

Cuddyer, 2B?

Indications are that Michael Cuddyer will start at second base Sunday when the Twins and A's wrap up their series at Target Field. Cuddyer has been taking grounders there after second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffered a broken leg Thursday in New York.

With Cuddyer at second, Gardenhire will be able to start Jason Kubel in right field and Jim Thome at designated hitter against Oakland righthander Brandon McCarthy.

Righthander Scott Baker will start for the Twins.

Etc.

• Longtime Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, who has had several surgeries on his right eye in recent months, is doing better after his latest procedure Thursday. He remains at his home in Chicago so he can be examined by the specialist who performed the last surgery, but there's optimism that he will join the team soon. Phil Roof is filling in as bullpen coach until Stelmaszek returns.

Stelmaszek missed all of spring training because of his eye problems. His offseason included cataract surgery, then three surgeries to reattach the retina.

• Before the game, Gardenhire was presented with his AL Manager of the Year Award for 2010.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Minnesota000000000040
Detroit «00100002X340
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:D.Price(15-12) L:K.Gibson(13-12) S:J.Nathan (35)
HR: MIN- None DET- I.Kinsler (17)

ADVERTISEMENT

Kansas City - J. Guthrie 7:07 PM
San Francisco - T. Hudson
San Diego 21 FINAL
Denver 35
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Washington 10/27/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
Dallas 6:00 PM
Orlando
New York 6:30 PM
Toronto
San Antonio 7:00 PM
Houston
Miami 7:00 PM
Memphis
Minnesota 7:00 PM
Chicago
Phoenix 8:00 PM
Utah
Sacramento 9:00 PM
LA Lakers
Denver 9:30 PM
Golden State
Portland 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Dallas 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Winnipeg
Vancouver 8:00 PM
Colorado
Carolina 8:30 PM
Edmonton
Columbus 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Connecticut 21 FINAL
(18) East Carolina 31
Miami-Florida 30 FINAL
Virginia Tech 6
So Florida 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
(2) Florida State 10/30/14 6:30 PM
Louisville
Troy 10/30/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
Houston 7:00 PM
Chicago
Montreal 5:30 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8:30 PM
Calgary
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg
Hamilton 10/31/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Winnipeg 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Toronto 11/2/14 11:00 AM
Montreal
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who should get the Twins' managing job?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close