Twins-Rangers: On the eve of bullpen upheaval

Posted on August 28th, 2009 – 4:47 PM
By La Velle

New relievers Jon Rauch and Ron Mahay aren’t expected to join the team until Saturday, and indications are that the Twins will wait until then to move one of the young pitchers to make room for Mahay.

The Twins already made room for Rauch by outrighting Phil Humber to Class AAA Rochester.

No word on Joe Crede, but Brendan Harris is starting at third tonight. Details to come.

UPDATE: Joe Crede’s back is doing better. But he’s going to meet with docs during the game. If he needs a few more days, the Twins probably will DL him after the game and call someone else up.

Ron Mahay’s signing hasn’t been officially announced yet, so Ron Gardenhire wouldn’t comment on him. On Rauch, he said: “He’s bigger than me. He can have any role he wants.”

He was kidding, of course, Rauch likely will be in the seventh-inning mix

There’s a report out of Chicago that the Twins were the team to put in a claim on Rich Harden. No word if the teams are negotiating a deal or if the Cubs will just pull him off waivers. Being a Type A free agent, my guess is the Cubs would want two players for him to replace the compensation picks they’d lose.

And will Harden stay healthy? He’s never thrown more than 189.2 innings in a season. Since 2004, he’s failed to throw even 150. If the Twins really want him, it’s a risk.

Update:  Class AAA Rochester righthander Johan Pino is headed to Cleveland as the player to be named later for  Carl Pavano. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pino already is penciled in to start on Tuesday for Class AAA Columbus.

Cleveland selected Pino from a list of four players.

Too bad for the Twins. Pino was pitching well for Class AAA Rochester. Pino was 2-2 with a 2.82 ERA in eight starts for the Red Wings.

Lineups

Rangers (71-55)

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Nelson Cruz, RF
5. Pudge, DH
6. David Murphy, LF
7. Taylor Teagarden, C
8. Chris Davis, 1B
9. Elvis Andrus, SS

Pitching: Tommy Hunter,RHP

Twins (63-64)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Brendan Harris, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Pitching: Brian Duensing, LHP

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