By La Velle
Twins righthander Scott Baker is scheduled to face Baltimore on Sunday but flew to the Twin Cities this afternoon because his wife, Leann, has gone into labor. If Baker doesn’t return in time for his start, look for the Twins to call up righthander Kevin Slowey from Class AAA Rochester for the emergency start.
Slowey is 9-4 with a league-leading 1.73 ERA at Rochester.
The Twins are checking with the league to see if Baker can be placed on bereavement leave so they could just call Slowey up without a corresponding move. There’s word that, a few years ago, a team used the bereavement list for player whose wife had twins. In that case, there was some risk involved with the pregnancy. It’s unclear if this is a similar situation, but Baker did have to rush his wife to the hospital recently for a pregnancy-related issue. Hope everything turns out well for the Bakers. Scott is a bright guy and pleasant to be around.
Yes, Nick Punto, coming off a two-hit night, is back in the lineup tonight. But Gardy wants to have strong defense at third with the lefty Santana on the mound. How many balls will Punto have hit to him if Santana is sizzling again?
Twins: 1. Casilla, 2B. 2. Bartlett, SS. 3. Mauer, C. 4. Hunter, CF. 5. Morneau, 1B. 6. Cuddyer, RF. 7. Kubel, DH. 8. Tyner, LF. 9. Punto, 3B. Pitching: Santana.
Orioles: 1. Roberts, 2B. 2. Patterson, CF. 3. Tejada, SS. 4. Millar, 1B. 5. Markakis, RF. 6. Mora, 3B. 7. Huff, DH. 8. Hernandez, C. 9. Payton, LF. Pitching: Guthrie.