After Jose Berrios gave up a first pitch home run on Monday, the Twins coaching staff noticed that he tried to throw harder and harder. His mechanics broke down and he lost command. His fastballs were sliding back over the plate, and he wasn't using his changeup enough.

Pitching coach Neil Allen said Berrios let the game speed up on him, and he was unable to slow things down. 

That, coupled with his previous three starts, fueled the Twins' decision to demote him. Lefthander Taylor Rogers will replace him on the roster. Pat Dean will replace him in the rotation. Rogers said his arm can handle a 60-70 pitch limit, so he could be used in long relief.

Jorge Polanco and Juan Centeno, two players who helped the Twins win at Cleveland on Sunday, are back in the lineup today.

Danny Santana, who had right eye problems in the seventh inning Monday and had to leave the game, is well enough to return to the lineup.

The Twins have signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a minor league deal and have assigned him to Class AAA Rochester. Grossman, 26, has 190 games of major league experience, all with Houston. He's a career .240 hitter. The Twins needed some depth at Rochester, and I was told this was not a David Murphy situation where they were looking to bring someone up soon. But, Grossman does have an out clause in his deal with the Twins, believed to be around June 15.

On this day five years ago, Harmon Killebrew passed away. A great power hitter and a true gentleman who still is missed.


Joe Mauer, 1B
Jorge Polanco, SS
Miguel Sano, RF
Byung Ho Park, DH
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Brian Dozier, 2B
Eddie Rosario, LF
Juan Centeno, C
Danny Santana, CF

Phil Hughes, RHP


Ian Kinsler, 2B
J.D. Martinez, RF
Miggy, 1B
V-Mart, DH
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Justin Upton, LF
Cameron Maybin, CF
James McCann, C
Jose Iglesias, SS

Phil Hughes, RHP

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