Sunday lineups: Twins/Royals

Posted on May 3rd, 2009 – 10:16 AM
By Joe Christensen

On his weekly radio show (KSTP AM-1500), Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he planned to talk to second baseman Alexi Casilla this morning.

“I’m just a little disappointed in Lexi right now,” Gardenhire said, noting Casilla’s recent mental lapses, and his propensity to take his at-bats into the field.

Gardenhire said Jesse Crain will throw a bullpen session today, letting loose, and if all goes well, he’ll probably be activated from the disabled list for the road trip.

Mike Redmond will also throw on the field today, and if his right shoulder is sound, the Twins will send Jose Morales back to Class AAA Rochester to make room on the roster for Crain.

Regarding Craig Breslow’s command issues (nine walks in 6 2/3 innings), Gardenhire said, “That can’t continue, and we won’t allow that very much longer.”

Gardenhire said he has spoken to General Manager Bill Smith about righthander Anthony Slama, who has 20 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings and a 2.31 ERA at Class AA New Britain.

Probably too soon to make that move, but Slama impressed the Twins this spring with his funky delivery, and it shows you he’s on the radar.

Updates to come…

Update: Redmond just made several strong throws to third base and second base. On Friday, he said it feels like he has a new arm, and it shows.

Update: Crain’s bullpen session went well. He will accompany the team to Detroit after the game, and it sounds like the Twins will announce their roster move then.

The Twins had Kevin Slowey wait to throw his between-starts bullpen session, just in case he’s needed in relief after Saturday’s 11-inning marathon.

Update: Gardenhire said Joe Mauer will probably play three games on the upcoming four-game road trip to Detroit and Baltimore. Mauer caught nine innings Friday and 11 innings Saturday. “He told me, ‘All things considered, I feel pretty good,’ ” Gardenhire said.

As for third baseman Joe Crede, Gardenhire said he simply wanted to give him a break today after the long game Saturday.

(*) The video replay machine is working today. I spoke to crew chief Tim Tschida before the game, and he said there’s a direct dial line to MLB’s replay headquarters, and on Saturday, they weren’t getting a connection.

Also, it doesn’t sound like Nick Punto will be facing disciplinary action for bumping umpire Mike Estabrook on Saturday.

“The contact was accidental on both parts,” Tschida said. “If Punto hadn’t gathered himself immediately, he would have been ejected from the game. As soon as it happened, Nick backed off right away.”

ROYALS (13-11)

1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Willie Bloomquist, SS
3. Mark Teahen, 3B
4. Jose Guillen, DH
5. Mike Jacobs, 1B
6. David DeJesus, LF
7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
8. John Buck, C
9. Mitch Maier, RF

Starting pitcher: RH Gil Meche (1-2, 3.77)

TWINS (12-12)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Brendan Harris, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Brian Buscher, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Jose Morales, C
9. Nick Punto, SS

Starting pitcher: RH Scott Baker (0-3, 9.82 ERA)

Metrodome. First pitch: 1:10 p.m.

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