Wednesday update: Manship, Valencia, Casilla, Swarzak

Posted on June 24th, 2009 – 11:52 AM
By Joe Christensen

MILWAUKEE — Couple interesting developments on the farm for the Twins:

(*) Jeff Manship has been promoted to Class AAA Rochester from Class AA New Britain. Seth Stohs had the scoop Tuesday night. I’m hearing Manship likely will start Thursday for the Red Wings. As Seth noted, Manship was 6-4 with a 4.28 for New Britain but 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his past five starts.

(*) Danny Valencia had an impressive debut for Rochester on Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. As Wings manager Stan Cliburn told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, he expects Valencia to be a regular at third base and in the No. 5 spot of the lineup. Valencia batted .284 (.373 OBP, .482 SLG) with seven home runs in 218 at-bats for New Britain before his promotion.

(*) Also worth noting that Alexi Casilla hasn’t played for Class AAA Rochester since injuring his groin while chasing a foul ball in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader. And RHP Anthony Swarzak is 0-0 with a 3.14 ERA (5 ER, 14.33 IP) in two starts since getting sent back to Rochester. 

Note: Check back this afternoon for tonight’s starting lineups.

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