Today’s news is that Jose Mijares is headed to the Disabled List after the game with elbow tenderness. It does make one wonder what changes that will mean in the various pitching roles, doesn’t it?
I’m not sure how many of us will be around this afternoon for the GameChat, but here are the line ups. Let’s try to salvage one game of this series, shall we, boys?
|Escobar, Y, SS||Span, CF|
|Patterson, C, LF||Plouffe, SS|
|Bautista, J, RF||Kubel, DH|
|Encarnacion, 1B||Morneau, 1B|
|Hill, A, 2B||Young, D, LF|
|Rivera, J, DH||Cuddyer, RF|
|Davis, R, CF||Valencia, 3B|
|McDonald, Jo, 3B||Butera, C|
|Molina, J, C||Casilla, A, 2B|
|Morrow, P||Duensing, P|
For a number of reasons, I didn’t get to see or hear much of the games this weekend and I’m actually not too upset about that. I’m not sure things can get any uglier for the Twins (though I thought that a week ago and they certainly did manage to get worse).
It’s approaching the time when some tough decisions are going to have to get made. Hitters aren’t hitting (only one Twins hitter had more than a single hit today… none other than Alexi Casilla. Go figure). Pitchers aren’t pitching. I’d say it’s time for Liriano or Duensing to head to the bullpen while Slowey takes a rotation spot, but I really don’t expect Kevin to be any better, at this point. Just a pretty sorry state of affairs right now.
UPDATE: Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN is reporting that the Twins are expected to recall LHP Phil Dumatrait and RHP Anthony Swarzak this evening. Mijares is going on the DL and we’ll be saying so long to Jim Hoey, as well.