La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins pitching staff wrecked in loss to Tigers

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under On the road Updated: September 3, 2010 - 9:36 AM

The Twins used eight pitchers on Thursday - tying a season-high - who combined to throw 249 pitches during their 10-9, 13-inning loss to Detroit.

They were still counting the bodies after the game - who's available to pitch on Friday and who is gassed.

But first, an update on Scott Baker.

The tendinitis has returned, and Baker left the game after two innings to have another cortisone shot. It takes a couple of days for the medicine to work through the area, and Baker probably rest a couple days after that. He's going to need some time to get his elbow, we just don't know how much time.

With Kevin Slowey able to come off the disabled list on Monday, he could slip into Baker's spot in the rotation.

Speaking of rotation, the Twins will not move Carl Pavano up a day and have him start on Friday against the Rangers. He will start on Saturday as planned. Brian Duensing, who pitched two innings on Thursday, will move to the end of the rotation, which should mean Tuesday against Kansas City.

Nick Blackburn, who pitched an inning on Thursday, will start on Sunday instead of Duensing.

The Twins were unable to announce who will start Friday against Texas.

``Tomorrow we will find a pitcher,'' Gardenhire said. ``We're looking for about 2-3 but they are on the road in Triple-A. We're trying to get a hold of everybody and are trying to make decisions. We'll have a starter for tomorrow and a couple of relievers. We can't tell you their names right now. We just don't have them.''

Class AAA Rochester is traveling back from Syracuse for a homestand that starts on Friday.

They need a starter and two relievers - we think.

Pitchers at Rochester who are on the 40-man: Alex Burnett, Rob Delaney, Pat Neshek, Glen Perkins, Anthony Slama, Anthony Swarzak.

Scratch Perkins. He pitched two innings on Thursday so he can't start and he can't be called up for ten days after being sent out anyway, and he was sent out on Aug. 27.

Swarzak threw 101 pitches on Wednesday. So scratch him.

Slama, Burnett, Delaney and Neshek are all candidates to come up as relievers. Of that group, Burnett has been  a starter before. Burnett threw 26 pitches on Sunday over  two innings in his last outing. Could he be stretched out to 50-60 pitches?

Deolis Guerra, who is on the 40-man, is out with an oblique strain. He's struggled this year, anyway.

Unless the Twins add someone to their 40-man roster - I don't know what their options are. My wild guess would be Burnett.

How's the Twins' bullpen?

Jeff Manship threw 65 pitches on Thursday and is done for a couple of days.

Matt Guerrier has thrown in two straight games and probably needs time off.

Jesse Crain threw 40 pitches and might need a couple days off.

Matt Capps needed Thursday off  because of soreness but should be able to pitch if needed on Friday, Gardenhire said.

Brian Fuentes said before the game that he's back was feeling better, and Gardenhire is holding out hope Fuentes is available Friday.

Jon Rauch and Randy Flores should be available.

One position player update: Gardy said after the game that Jason Kubel will have more X-Rays and possibly an MRI on his left wrist on Friday. They don't like the fact there's been little change in his condition. 

Finally, this not just in from Twins' PR maven Dustin Morse. He's new to twitter. You can follow him @Twins_morsecode Morse picked up this nugget courtesy of the fine folks at the Elias Sports Bureau

Brian Duensing tossed two innings of relief two days after a 6⅔-inning start. He was the first major-leaguer in more than 10 years to throw at least two innings in relief in a game that followed by only one or two days a start of more than six innings. The last pitcher to do that had been Steve Woodard of the Brewers in May 2000.

  

 

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