Hendriks impressive in his debut

Liam Hendriks began the year in New Britain and made nine starts at Rochester before being promoted for Tuesday's start.

Twins starter Liam Hendriks made his major league debut against the White Sox Tuesday at Target Field. He pitched well but took the loss as the White Sox beat the Twins 3-0.

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Twins righthander Liam Hendriks admitted that he was nervous in the first inning Tuesday.

"The strike zone seemed a little smaller than I'm used to,'' he joked.

After Hendriks struck out A.J. Pierzynski on a curveball to end the first. Hendriks felt a lot better. He did his best to get into a groove and held the White Sox to three runs over seven innings in his major league debut.

Hendriks began the year in New Britain and made nine starts at Rochester before being promoted for Tuesday's start.

"He threw the ball in and out as advertised,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He had a nice little breaking ball. He changes speeds. He located the heck out of his fastball.''

Hendriks joined outfielder Joe Benson and first baseman Chris Parmelee as players making their major league debuts Tuesday. It was the first time the Twins had three starters make their debut in club history, and it's the first time it's happened in the majors since San Diego had four players make their debuts as starters in 1986.

Alejandro De Aza's RBI single, Alex Rios' solo homer and Brent Morel's RBI single accounted for Chicago's runs.

Hendriks is getting a chance to show what he can do after a run of injuries among the Twins starters.

"Hopefully I'll keep doing well, and we'll see what happens from there,'' Hendriks said. "There are a lot of guys hurt, and I'm not expecting to be in the lineup next year, but we'll see how it goes.''

Injury updates

Lefthander Francisco Liriano (shoulder) did long toss drills Tuesday and felt good. The next step is for him to throw in the bullpen later this week.

There's a chance Liriano could be shut down for the remainder of the season, but he wants to try to pitch if all goes well.

Righthander Scott Baker (elbow) was supposed to throw in the bullpen Tuesday but was scratched when he reported some soreness. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Lefthander Brian Duensing (right oblique) had a pain-free workout, and the Twins will speak with him Wednesday about when he'll throw in the bullpen again.

Lefthander Glen Perkins (sore forearm) threw in the bullpen with no problems and will be available Wednesday.

Diamond to stay

Lefthander Scott Diamond is on the list of Twins players to play in the Arizona Fall League during the offseason. But he's now in line to pitch a lot of innings for the Twins in September. So, in order to avoid him having too much of a workload, the Twins won't send Diamond to the fall league.

Relief prospect Dakota Watts will now head to the fall league. Righthander Cole Devries, already scheduled to pitch in the fall league as a reliever, will be made a starter to replace Diamond.

James designated

To make room for Liam Hendriks on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated lefthander Chuck James for assignment. James had a 6.10 ERA in eight games with the Twins and was 3-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 38 games with Class AAA Rochester.

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