With doubleheader Thursday, Twins recall infielder Nunez

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 17, 2014 - 12:54 PM

Wednesday’s postponement enabled the Twins to promote the infielder for the two games against the Blue Jays.

The Twins will get a sneak preview of their latest acquisition on Thursday, when shortstop Eduardo Nunez arrives at Target Field for a doubleheader against Toronto made necessary by Wednesday’s rainout.

According to a report in the Rochester Chronicle and Democrat, Escobar will serve as the Twins’ 26th man, under baseball rules that enable teams to add an extra player for doubleheaders. Nunez has batted .318 with one homer and three RBI since the Twins sent pitcher Miguel Sulbaran to the New York Yankees on April 7 in exchange for the 26-year-old infielder.

Nunez, who has 270 games of major league experience with the Yankees, is considered a potential rival to current starter Pedro Florimon for the shortstop job. Florimon is 3-for-32 at the plate so far this season.

But Nunez is expected to return to Class AAA Rochester in time for Friday’s Red Wings game, the Rochester newspaper said.

The doubleheader was made necessary by April snow and rain showers that made Target Field too wet to play Wednesday’s scheduled game between the Twins and Blue Jays.

Since this is Toronto’s only visit to Minnesota this season, the postponed game will be made up at 6:10 p.m. Thursday, after the regularly scheduled 12:10 game. The two games will require separate tickets to attend.

Both games will be televised. The opener, which originally wasn’t going to be televised, will be on FSN, and the second game will be on FSN Plus.

Kyle Gibson will pitch Game 1 for the Twins against R.A. Dickey. Mike Pelfrey, who had been scheduled to start Tuesday against his former Mets teammate Dickey, instead will pitch Game 2 against Dustin McGowan.

Most fans with tickets for Tuesday’s game can either use them for Thursday night’s second game or exchange them at the Twins box office for tickets to another game later this season, subject to availability. There are restrictions on certain types of tickets.

It’s the Twins’ first postponement of the season, and they hope it’s their only one in a while, with Thursday’s forecast calling for no precipitation and good weather expected this weekend at Kansas City. Between April 14-22 last year, the Twins had four of their eight scheduled games postponed because of bad weather.

That’s the kind of stretch the Twins’ top minor league affiliate is going through right now. Rochester was rained out Tuesday against Pawtucket, the Red Wings’ fifth postponement since the International League season began April 3. Rochester has played two doubleheaders already and has another one scheduled for Thursday.

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