By La Velle
Twins righthander Kevin Slowey has been shut down and will return to the Twin Cities to be examined by doctors, a potentially huge blow to the club.
Slowey, who was scheduled to start on Saturday for Class AAA Rochester, tried to play catch on Friday but was unable to do so. He’s trying to return to action despite having a bone chip near his right wrist, but the chip wouldn’t allow him to do much of anything.
“That would not be good news,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said,
Slowey (10-3, 4.86) was expected to have surgery after the season to remove the chip but today’s development raises the possibility that he might have surgery sooner, although Gardenhire cautioned that nothing will be decided before the Twins’ medical staff meets with Slowey.
Rookie righthander Antony Swarzak will surely remain in the rotation.
This also might impact how the Twins proceed before the trading deadline. One scenario was that the Twins might be willing to part with one of their original starting pitchers with Swarzak emerging and R.A. Dickey available in emergencies. With Slowey out, the Twins might want to hold on to what they have.
The Twins continue to search for middle infield help and late-inning relievers, but they don’t appear to be close on anything.
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Brian Buscher, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B
Pitching: Francisco Liriano