Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Early Afternoon Twins Notes

A few things of consequence came up just since last night's game...

==>Glen Perkins has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Since his first three starts, he's allowed 24 earned runs in 23 innings, and has given up at least 4 in every start while pitching no more than 6 innings. In those first three starts, he went 8 innings in each and didn't allow more than 2 runs. R.A. Dickey will presumably start in place of Perkins while he's out, but the Twins aren't committing to anyone just yet.

==>The Twins called up Sean Henn from AAA-Rochester to take his spot on the roster. The lefty has had a good year there, sporting a 1.12 ERA and striking out 32 in 24 innings. However, he's been in the Majors before and holds a 7.56 career ERA and 2.04 career WHIP. He's also walked more batters than he's struck out in the Majors, allowing free passes at a rate of 7 per nine innings.

==>Delmon Young will not return to the team for their series with the Chicago White Sox. The way I understand it, he'll have to be back on the 25-man roster starting on Saturday, so Jose Morales (or someone else) would have to be sent down then, even if Young wasn't ready to play.

==>Justin Morneau believes that the AL Central is the toughest division, saying "everybody has a pretty good team." I don't agree with him, and neither do most of the other people asked; 8 of 12 chose the AL East, just as I would. The 3 votes for the AL Central came from Morneau, Aaron Laffey of the Indians, and Bobby Seay of the Tigers. Coincidence? I think not.

==>Oh, and the Twins are now 4-12 on the road, the worst such record in the Majors. Please, let's start turning that around tonight!

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