Twins-Tribe: No reinforcements expected

Posted on September 15th, 2009 – 5:56 PM
By La Velle

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked if there was a chance the club would summon any more bodies from the minors now that Justin Morneau, Joe Crede and Justin Huber are all banged up, with Morneau done for the season and Crede likely done.

“Talked about it,” he said. “Squelched.”

Gardy explained that a couple players he had in mind, infielders Luke Hughes and Trevor Plouffe, are playing in the World Cup in Europe. Others, like third baseman Danny Valencia and first baseman Brock Peterson (.344 post All-Star break)  are not on the 40-man roster.

Sounded like the manager asked for help but was denied.

Huber is going to need a few days to recover from his strained oblique muscle, which can be a nagging injury. Crede indicated before the game that he might see a couple doctors about his back and try one more time to play this season.

The Twins still have 14 healthy position players to choose from.

Morneau is expected to travel with the team during its final road trip of the regular season. Gardenhire wants his presence in the clubhouse and on the bench.

 Update: I spoke to Bill Smith. who said he’s staying in contact with Gardy about the roster. “Right now, we are going to sit tight and see how the rest of the club plays out over the next few days,” he said.

 

Lineups

Cleveland (61-82)

1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Andy Marte, 1B
7. Matt LaPorta, RF
8. Lou Marson, C
9. Trvor Crowe. LF

Pitching: Fausto Carmona, RHP

Twins (72-72)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Brian Buscher, DH
8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Scott Baker, RHP

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