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No, I’m not quite back yet, but I did think that the Perkins story and what it means is noteworthy and deserves comment. After giving up six runs in just 2/3 of an inning last night against the Yankees, the Twins put Glen Perkins on the 15 day disabled list with elbow inflammation. They don’t seem too worried, but anytime you’re talking ‘elbow’ or ‘nerves’ you can’t help but wish for the best.
The Twins added 28 year old lefty reliever Sean Henn to the 40 man roster and called him up. Henn is definitely deserving as he has pitched very well at Rochester. In 15 games, he is 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA while recording six saves for the Red Wings. In 24 innings pitched, he has given up 17 hits and walked ten, but he has struck out 32.
However, the Twins will need a starting pitcher on Saturday to face the Brewers and to fill Perkins’ spot in the rotation. Luis Ayala is likely a little nervous. With Henn being left-handed, you also have to assume the Craig Breslow is getting a little bit nervous too. He has not pitched well in 2009. The Twins would likely hope that he would pass through waivers and keep him in the organization because he was so impressive in 2008 and his previous minor league numbers indicate he must be better than what we have seen for two months. If it is Ayala that they let go, I think they would likely just let him go. Of course, the other possibility is that the Twins decide to end the three catcher set up and send Jose Morales back to Rochester. With the bullpen burned out, that is probably the best option for right now.
So who would start on Saturday? How can you not go with Anthony Swarzak to fill the rotation spot? Swarzak, a 2nd round pick in 2004 out of high school in Florida is off to a great start. Although he is just 2-3, his 2.25 ERA is very strong. The 22 year old righty has made seven starts and got 44 innings. He has given up 40 hits, walked 11 and struck out 32. Is he ready? I’m not necessarily certain of that, but he is the best option for the team right now. It certainly has been an interesting couple of years for Swarzak. He was one of the team’s top pitching prospects until his 2007 50 game suspension for a drug of abuse. He struggled after hit comeback that season but ended strong in AA. That’s where his 2008 season began and he was horrible. But inexplicably the Twins rewarded him with a AAA promotion near the end of the season. And he went 5-0. He has continued to thrive in AAA this season, and again, would be very deserving of the big league promotion, should he receive it.
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