By La Velle
Lefthander Craig Breslow has been claimed off waivers by Oakland and the club has called up righthander Anthony Swarzak to replace him on the roster. Swarzak is expected to start on Saturday against the Brewers.
He was 3-4 with a 2.25 ERA in seven starts at Class AAA Rochester. In 44 innings, he’s given up 40 hits and walked 11 while striking out 32. His WHIP is 1.16. Opponents are hitting .248 off of him. He’s turned his career around after serving a 50-game suspension in 2007 for violating baseball’s drug policy
Joe C. will be at U.S. Cellular Field soon and should have more details.
The Breslow move is a little surprising. He’s hasn’t been effective – he was 1-2 with a 6.28 ERA in 17 games – but I thought the Twins would give him more time to turn things around after pitching pretty well last season. But the Twins needed a roster spot and had three lefties in the bullpen. Someone had to go.
The Twins currently have 39 players listed on their 40-man roster.
In other news, Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson, speaking on Wednesday during his twice-monthly spot on KFAN, said the club got good news on lefthander Glen Perkins. There’s nothing seriously wrong with his elbow, so he’s expected to be ready to step into the rotation when at the end of his 15-day DL stint.
Class A Fort Myers outfielder Ben Revere, by the way, was named Florida State League player of the week after batting .625.