Twins place Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list. Mauer update.

Posted on April 20th, 2009 – 12:12 PM
By La Velle

The Twins have just announced that righthander Jesse Crain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation.

The Twins have called up lefthander Jose Mijares to replace him on the roster.

Crain, when healthy, is their only pitcher whose fastball matches up well against with power hitters late in games. I doubt the Twins are ready to trust newcomer Juan Morillo in late-inning situations. This is not good for the Twins.

In seven appearances this season, Crain is 1-0, 7.50 (6.0 ip, 5 er), allowing three hits with five walks and seven strikeouts. He had a 1.59 ERA until his outing on Friday against the Angels. His last pitch of the game was clocked at 95 miles an hour.

Check back here for more details as they come.

Update: Pitching coach Rick Anderson said Crain was examined and has slight inflammation in the shoulder, nothing serious. They hope that 10 more days off is all he needs.

Meanwhile, Mijares has thrown 6.1 scoreless innings at Class AAA Rochester, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out four. Word is that his velocity is up to 93 mph. Mijares can get left-handed and right-handed hitters out when going good.

Anderson said whoever is rested will get a chance to pitch the eighth inning, so everyone should be on their toes in the bullpen. Anderson did add that Juan Morillo is more of a project and probably won’t get the call in the eighth inning.

Joe Mauer: The Twins’ All-Star catcher went 1 for 3 today with two walks and two runs scored. He also caught a few pitchers over five innings, including Ben Hendrickson.

Mauer never had to slider but ran from first to third and first to home and reported that everything went well. He’ll DH tomorrow.

There will be a full Mauer report in the paper tomorrow that you should enjoy reading. Here’s one nugget from that story: The Twins used 103 different lineups last year, 26th in baseball. As of Monday, they are the only team to have had 14 different lineups in 14 games. Mauer’s absence is part of the reason (the outfield shuffle is another part).

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