August 12, 2009

Perkins hits the shelf, but who takes his place?

Update 9:00 AM: According to Seth Stohs, Jeff Manship is indeed being called up and will be in at the Metrodome in time for tonight's game. That's great news! For those interested, Jeff did a Q&A for this site a while back (has it already been two years?! wow).

The Twins announced after their embarrassing loss to the Royals on Tuesday night that Glen Perkins has been placed on the 15-day Disabled List due to something along the lines of a sore shoulder. Perkins had an MRI prior to the game on Tuesday and although nothing was seen in the results, Perkins said that something's not right and the Twins ultimately decided to take a deeper look at it.

With Perkins gone and the Twins using up four relievers to finish off Tuesday's game, including both Brian Duensing and Bobby Keppel, the Twins need to make a move to bring in a pitcher prior to Francisco Liriano's start tonight. Liriano has averaged just 5 2/3 innings per start this season and if either of his last two starts are any indication, they'll need to have a pitcher ready to throw at least 2 innings of relief to give some relief (pun intended) to the bullpen.

Last week, I wrote about how Juan Morillo should be recalled by the Twins. And although I still believe that, it's not to say that I'm not laboring for anyone else to not be called up. Because really, I believe four or five guys could be realistic options for a recall. And Morillo is certainly just one of them. But as Seth Stohs points out, Morillo just threw 2+ innings last night (33 pitches total) and would probably be of no use for the Twins tonight.

And while we can only dream of Anthony Slama being promoted, to me it comes down to two guys:
  • Rob Delaney threw 2 2/3 innings on Monday but should be ready to throw one or two if needed tonight. And have I mentioned he's been lights out? Since the All-Star Break, he's 1-2 with a 1.84 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio. On the season, he's 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA for the Red Wings after posting a 2.00 ERA in as many games (26) with the Rock Cats.
  • Jeff Manship is another person who could also be an option. La Velle E. Neal III and Stohs also believe Manship could be the guy and it's hard to disagree. He's scheduled to start for the Red Wings tonight and should be able to throw as many innings as needed. He's had problems with walks this season and in eight starts with the Red Wings he's thrown four quality starts.

I know some believe Armando Gabino should be recalled because he's already on the 40-man roster, but the Twins have yet to transfer Kevin Slowey onto the 60-day disabled list which would open a stop on the 40-man. Also, Gabino just started on Monday and threw 90 pitches through 6 2/3 innings. I just don't see him being the fit either. Yohan Pino's name hasn't really been mentioned, but he just threw 8 innings on Sunday...

Right now, I'm pulling for Manship to get the recall but my gut feeling is that Delaney is the choice. But we'll see.