By Joe Christensen
SEATTLE — To make room on their roster for Eddie Guardado, the Twins designated Mike Lamb for assignment.
Lamb was in the first year of a two-year, $6.6 million contract, so the Twins are eating $3.8 million with this move.
Signed to be the everyday third baseman, Lamb struggled through April and began yielding playing time to Brian Buscher. Lamb is batting .233 with one home run and 32 RBI. The Twins now have 10 days to trade him or release him.
“I’m disappointed it didn’t work out,” Twins General Manager Bill Smith said. “I’m disappointed for Mike, but I’m happy for Brian.”
Update: Eddie’s plane is scheduled to land in Seattle about 90 minutes before the game. He will be in uniform, wearing his old No. 18.
Update (8:05 p.m.): Manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t come out and say Guardado is the team’s new eighth-inning guy, but you could tell the skipper is glad to have him back.
“We’ll see how he’s throwing,” Gardy said. “Rumor has it, he’s been pretty good. We’ll see how everything breaks down and mix and match, but he gives us another late-inning guy with courage. A lot of courage.”
Guardado has arrived in the Twins’ clubhouse.
1. Denard Span, RF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Brian Buscher, 3B
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Carlos Gomez, CF
Starting pitcher: LH Francisco Liriano
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Jose Lopez, 2B
6. Wladimir Balentien, CF
7. Kenji Johjima, DH
8. Jamie Burke, C
9. Miguel Cairo, 1B
Starting pitcher: RH Miguel Batista
Safeco Field. First pitch: 9:10 p.m. (Central)