SEATTLE -- Brian Fuentes wasn't so shocked when heard that he was traded. There were rumors and he figured he might be involved.
His shock came when he heard his destination -- Minnesota.
"I was little surprised it was the Twins that picked me up," said Fuentes, who was available for Saturday's game against Seattle. "Maybe some of these other teams needed more help. But I'm here."
That's a compliment to the bullpen when a guy, who has 71 saves over nearly two seasons, is brought in to be the setup guy.
"You've got three guys out there who have been closers [Fuentes, Matt Capps, Jon Rauch]," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You have one guy that is throwing as good as any closer in the game, in Jesse Crain. You can do a lot of things with it.
"Yes, you can shorten games when you get a lot of depth in the bullpen. But what it does more than anything else is allow you not to kill a Jesse Crain. We saw that with the Rangers, how their big arms were able to shorten games. We should be able to shorten games as good as anybody."
It's a bullpen that has been restructured. Three players have been acquired over the past month: Capps, Fuentes and Randy Flores. The club needed to respond to the loss of left-hander Ron Mahay (rotator cuff surgery), left-hander Jose Mijares (meniscus surgery) and, of course, right-hander Joe Nathan (elbow surgery).
Gardenhire again has the luxury of two left-handers: Fuentes and Flores, who was picked up off waivers last Wednesday.
"It allows a little more maneuverability, as far as left-right matchups," Gardenhire said. "You don't want to get too crazy. Sometimes you can stop the flow of the game when you start changing pitching 8,000 times. I don't like to do that, but I like matchups.
"With Fuentes, he's not just a guy you have to send out there against one particular left-hander, then take him out of the game. He's already proven he can go through innings and get lefties and righties out. He makes it a little easier for me too, you don't have to worry about the left-right thing as much, which is huge.
Rauch, Matt Guerrier, Jeff Manship and Crain round out the corps.
"It looks good on paper," Fuentes added. "I know Capps is doing a tremendous job. Rauch was doing really well before he got there and Crain throws the heck out of the ball."
Twins giving Morneau time to recover
SEATTLE -- While the American League Central contending White Sox are entertaining the idea of acquiring Manny Ramirez, the Twins already have a strong hitter in the wings -- Justin Morneau.
But the question is: When will he move from the wings to the lineup?
Morneau suffered a concussion on July 8, and has missed the past 41 games. He's working toward a return, but is still bothered by the effects of the concussion.
"In terms of finding a bat, Morneau would be the bat you want back," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I wouldn't think you would find anyone better.
"We're not looking for an outfielder. When Morneau gets back, then you have plenty of options."
But when? He's not going to be cleared until his head clears.
"We all know the Morneau situation," Gardenhire added. "We're not making plans either way. We're letting Morneau do his thing. He's doing his workouts. And when they tell me we think we're moving forward, then you start looking at what you need to do.
"No one knows what the plans are. The plans are him getting well."
Gardenhire targets catcher for callup
SEATTLE -- As far as September callups are concerned, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said pitching-wise the big club is in good shape. He said generally there is no real urgency.
However, he added that if there is one spot that could use an addition when the rosters are expanded Wednesday. It's a third catcher.
"I definitely would like to have a third catcher here, at the first opportunity," he said. "The rest we can hold off."
It means that there is a good chance Jose Morales, now playing for Class A Rochester, will be added by mid-week.
Bob Sherwin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.