Twins unlikely to alter pitching rotation
Using spot starter to line Liriano up for Sox not attractive
CLEVELAND -- The Twins' pitching rotation for their series against the White Sox likely won't change, manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday.Scott Baker, Glen Perkins and Nick Blackburn are currently scheduled to face Chicago in the three-game series that runs Sept. 23-25 at the Metrodome. With an off-day on Monday, Sept. 22, there had been some questions as to whether the Twins might adjust the rotation to have Francisco Liriano start one of the games against the White Sox. But Gardenhire made it clear before Monday's game against the Indians that scenario is highly unlikely. Liriano is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Rays in St. Petersburg, and Gardenhire said the club won't bring him back on short rest to pitch that following Thursday for the series finale vs. Chicago. "That's not going to happen," Gardenhire said. "Everybody says, 'Get him in there somehow,' but how are you going to do that unless you skip him and put somebody else in there [for Sunday's start]?" The likelihood that the Twins would use a sixth starter in a spot start to pitch Sunday's finale against the Rays is minimal at best. Gardenhire said that he and pitching coach Rick Anderson have scoured every possibility of how to get Liriano to pitch in that series vs. the White Sox, and right now, there just isn't a scenario they feel would work out best for the club. "Do you take a chance on losing a game to get him in against the White Sox?" Gardenhire said. "I think we have to try to win every game we can."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.