By La Velle
After watching the bullpen get used up for a couple days in advance of a double header in Chicago, the Twins decided to call up lefthander Carmen Cali from Class AAA Rochester.
Righthander Kevin Slowey, whose ERA rose to 5.84 after giving up five runs over 32/3 innings on Thursday, was sent back to Rochester.
Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said the club wasn’t considering a move until Slowey was knocked out early on Thursday, which put more pressure on the relievers.
Still, it looks like a good time for a step back, Slowey has given up 13 homers in seven starts, a pace that would obliterate Bert Blyleven’s MLB record of 50 homers given up in a season.
Cali, who impressed during a stint earlier in the year, is 3-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 20 games at Rochester. He will join the team Friday in Chicago before the doubleheader begins.