By Joe Christensen
The Twins recalled Matt Garza from Class AAA Rochester after today’s game, and he will join the team tomorrow in Detroit. Garza will pitch out of the bullpen and then start one of the two games in the Twins’ doubleheader in Chicago on July 6.
Manager Ron Gardenhire had been saying the team needed to go to 12 pitchers for the road trip, and Garza got the surprise call. Backup catcher Chris Heintz was sent back to Rochester, clearing room on the 25-man roster.
“Terry [Ryan] and the boys decided that it’s time [for Garza],” Gardenhire said. ”He’s been getting passed up by a lot of people, and it’s time for this young man to come up here, and let’s see where he’s at throwing the baseball. We’re going to use his arm strength out of the bullpen, maybe to blow some people away.
“The feeling is, they want to see him in the big leagues. He’s starting to get a little frustrated, so we bring him up here, give him a chance to pitch for us right here.”