April 25, 2008

Korecky Recalled

Update 4:10 PM: Francisco Liriano is the one being optioned to Rochester. Thanks to La Velle E. Neal III for covering the story.

The Twins have recalled Bobby Korecky from Triple-A Rochester this morning. There's no word yet who will be going to Rochester in return, but many believe it will be Francisco Liriano, after his blowout loss yesterday to the Oakland Athletics.

The Twins can skip the 5th starter for a while with plenty of off-days in the near future. This will allow Kevin Slowey to (hopefully) finish up his rehab assignment and let Francisco Liriano stay on a regular schedule.

A photo from Korecky's younger days as a Michigan Wolverine

Korecky, 28, has been the closer for almost a year and a half. In that time, he's made 48 saves, including 35 in 2007. This season, he's been "lights out" allowing just 1 run in 13 1/3 innings while making 5 saves. He also has 12 strikeouts compared to just 4 walks.

The Twins' bullpen has been solid since their blowup in Detroit, but adding Korecky can only strengthen it and with the 5th starter not necessarily needed for a while, having a strong bullpen will definitely benefit the team.

Great news for Bobby Korecky!