Notes: Lohse takes out frustrations
Right-hander's finger injured after reaction to poor outing
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins pitcher Kyle Lohse's next turn in the rotation could depend on a sore right finger and his ability to do damage control with his manager.After he gave up five runs in a two-inning start vs. Texas in Tuesday's 10-7 loss, Lohse didn't hide his disappointment about being given an early hook. He reportedly took out his frustrations on a couple of doors inside the clubhouse, which included putting a dent on manager Ron Gardenhire's office door. Gardenhire would not address questions on whether Lohse would be able to make his next scheduled start, which is Monday at Detroit. "Let's not go there," Gardenhire said. "Go ask him how his finger is. He had to go get X-rays. Start there." Lohse, who is 8-12 with a 4.36 ERA this season with one win in 10 starts since the All-Star break, declined to comment about his situation Wednesday. Although the Twins came back and took the lead while getting a solid bullpen effort for six innings, Lohse had criticized Gardenhire when talking to reporters Tuesday. "I would have liked to have somebody stand behind me and say, 'We've got your back, go out there and shut them down from here on,'" the right-hander said. "That didn't happen today, so whatever." That also did not sit well with Gardenhire, who did not hide his emotions following the Twins' 8-6 victory over Texas on Wednesday afternoon. "It's too bad you have to read stuff like that in the newspaper," Gardenhire said. "Don't have your back? I think I've had his back for three years. "It's about winning. If you don't understand that, take a hike out of the clubhouse." Gardenhire said he still hadn't spoken to Lohse about Tuesday night's incident. "I have nothing to say," the manager said. "I don't have his back, so what do you want me to say?" If the Twins don't start Lohse, they might be inclined to turn to veteran Joe Mays or rookie lefty Francisco Liriano to take his place. Lohse was the second pitcher to make inflammatory comments in the media this week. Carlos Silva criticized teammates after Monday's 7-0 loss to the Rangers, but apologized the next day for making his feelings and frustrations public. Rivas returns: Back in the Twins' clubhouse again, infielder Luis Rivas believed he made the most of his July demotion back to Triple-A Rochester. With rosters expanded, Rivas was recalled Tuesday and entered Wednesday's game at second base in the eighth inning. He grounded out during his only at-bat. "It's hard when you've got four years straight here and you get sent down," Rivas said. "It's tough, but you have to deal with it. You just keep your head up, go down there and do your job and do the best you can, play hard and see what happens." The Twins' Opening Day second baseman, Rivas was the only veteran holdover entering the season. But while batting .250 with no homers and eight RBIs, he often struggled with both sides of the game. Signed to a $1.625 million one-year contract last winter, he is arbitration-eligible this winter with a murky future with the club. The problems continued during the early weeks at Rochester before Rivas rallied to finish with a .248 in 43 games. He was used at both middle infield positions. "I worked on my hitting and my defense," Rivas said. "I got help down there from the hitting coach and manager. They did a good job with me down there." Coming up: After an off-day Thursday, the Twins will begin a six-game road trip Friday with the first of three games against the Indians. Johan Santana will start the 6:05 p.m. CT series opener for Minnesota against Cleveland's Jake Westbrook.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.