Bullpen in desperate need of rest


Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Anthony Swarzak threw 22 pitches on Saturday and 57 Sunday. He needs at least three days rest, but told Twins manager Ron Gardenhire that he was available on Tuesday if needed.

Following Texas' 20-6 rout of the Twins on Monday, the only three relievers Gardenhire was comfortable using Tuesday were setup men Matt Capps and Glen Perkins and closer Joe Nathan.

"[Alex] Burnett said he could go back out there," Gardenhire said. "If you ask all those guys, they would say, 'I could give you something tonight.' "

Burnett did end up pitching Tuesday, a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Capps, Perkins and Nathan all pitched, too, helping the Twins rally for a 9-8 victory.

The Twins are carrying 13 pitchers, but the bullpen is worn out as starters continually have failed to pitch more than five innings -- it happened again Tuesday, the fifth time in a row.

Gardenhire said there is no help available at Class AAA Rochester. Righthander Jim Hoey had been pitching better at Rochester but gave up two runs over 2 2/3 innings Monday. Everyone else hasn't pitched very well. Righthanders Anthony Slama and Carlos Gutierrez would be considered, but both are on the disabled list.

"[Rochester relievers] are all doing the same thing, if you paid attention to their games," Gardenhire said. "They have been pitching probably more than us. So there's not much help there. This is what we have. Our bullpen guys are sucking it up as best they can."

Morneau has migraines

First baseman Justin Morneau has been working out at Target Field following surgery to remove a herniated disk fragment from his neck. But he recently has been suffering migraine headaches.

"Has nothing to do with his concussion. Has nothing to do with his neck," Gardenhire said. "Just came up with some migraine headaches and they gave him some medication and backed him off. He should be back to work [Wednesday]."

Morneau has been able to get some fielding work in but hasn't swung a bat yet.

Span sits second game

Gardenhire said there is nothing to read into Denard Span missing two consecutive games at Class AAA Rochester during his rehabilitation stint.

According to Gardenhire, Span was delayed traveling to the park Monday and didn't arrive in time to get all his work in. Tuesday, he went through a thorough workout and was given the game off after that.

"That's what he gets for leaving the charters," Gardenhire joked. "Can't take the minor league stuff."

Span is scheduled to play Wednesday. He is batting .150 through six games and has yet to play nine innings in a game. The Twins won't eye a return date until Span can play several nine-inning games in a row.

Gibson to miss start

Rochester righthander Kyle Gibson will miss his start Wednesday because of soreness in his flexor muscle. The Twins are convinced that he will only need to miss one start.

In a text message Tuesday, Gibson wrote, "I will be missing my start [Wednesday] and should be back on schedule after that."

He has failed to pitch longer than five innings in five consecutive starts and has given up 16 earned runs over his past 14 innings.

Cuddyer feels fine

Michael Cuddyer said he felt fine one day after pitching the eighth inning Monday. "I thought I was going to wake up and feel like I had been hit by a truck," he said. "I didn't, surprisingly." He has done everything with the Twins except catch and play short.

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