Twins announce September callups

Posted on August 30th, 2008 – 10:12 PM
By Joe Christensen

OAKLAND — The Twins just announced their September minor-league callups: pitchers Bobby Korecky, Philip Humber, Jose Mijares; infielders Matt Tolbert and Matt Macri, outfielder Jason Pridie and catcher Ryan Jorgensen.

All seven are expected to be in uniform Tuesday, when the Twins open a three-game series at Toronto.

Mijares and Tolbert will join the team from Class AA New Britain with the other five coming from Class AAA Rochester.

Tolbert, 26, is actually coming off the disabled list after having surgery in mid-May to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Mijares, 23, is a surprising choice. The hard-throwing lefthander fractured his left elbow and injured his pitching shoulder in a car accident in Venezuela in January. But he rejoined the New Britain staff in early August and has posted a 2.63 ERA in 10 appearances.

Pridie, 24, came to the Twins from Tampa Bay with Delmon Young and Brendan Harris in the trade that sent Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett to the Rays.

Pridie competed with Carlos Gomez and Denard Span for the starting center field job in spring training. After getting sent down, Pridie batted just .142 in May but rebounded to bat .329 after the All-Star break.

Macri, 26, batted .367 in a 14-game stint with the Twins earlier this year and entered Saturday batting .253 for Rochester.

Korecky, 28, posted a 3.48 ERA in nine appearances with the Twins earlier this season and entered Saturday with a 2.84 ERA and 26 saves for Rochester.

Humber, 25, who came from the Mets in the Johan Santana trade, came on strong for Rochester late in the season, going 6-1 with a 2.67 ERA after the All-Star break.

Jorgensen, 29, was another surprising choice. He was batting .251 entering Saturday, but the Twins wanted a third catcher to back up Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond.

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