04/12/07 1:18 AM ET
Notes: Bartlett not happy about defense
Shortstop has more errors (four) than hits (one) this season
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
"This is a very hard time for them," Gardenhire said. "It'll probably be a day or two before he returns."Right-hander Jesse Crain also was unavailable to pitch in Wednesday's game against the Yankees, as he has been dealing with a sore right shoulder. Crain said the shoulder has been a little tight since Monday, and the team felt it was time to give it a rest. Crain is expected to possibly miss two days as he rests, though a specific timetable was not set. "We're a little on the thin side coming into the ballgame," Gardenhire said. What all the absences meant for the Twins was that starter Sidney Ponson had to be on call for a possible emergency-duty role in the bullpen. Wednesday was Ponson's normal day to throw his side session, but the club held off in case Ponson was needed in a long-relief role. No matter if he pitches or not, Ponson will still start as scheduled on Saturday. And if the club doesn't need Ponson in the game, he will throw his side session in the bullpen late in the game. After Wednesday night's game, the club made a roster move, calling up left-hander Glen Perkins from Triple-A Rochester and sending down catcher Chris Heintz. The need for the extra arm out of the bullpen was made clear by all the injuries and the beaten up 'pen. Perkins was 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in one start for the Red Wings, allowing just two hits with one run over six innings. "Things change pretty quick out of Spring Training with injuries, and [the] bullpen got beat up pretty quick," Gardenhire said. "So we had to make a move." Under the knife: Jeff Cirillo underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning, and the procedure was deemed a success. The surgery was performed by the Twins' orthopedist, Dr. John Steubs. Gardenhire said that some shredding was found on the meniscus during the surgery, and it was able to be all cleaned up without any problems. Cirillo is expected to miss three to six weeks due to the surgery. No real DH? The current state of injuries to the Twins lineup has also created a bit of a rotation for the designated-hitter spot in the lineup. Luis Rodriguez was slotted into the DH spot for the first time Wednesday, and Gardenhire said that he will have to go with a mix-and-match method until everyone is healthy again. The original plan coming out of spring had been to use Jason Kubel as the team's DH against right-handers and Cirillo as the DH against lefties. With Cirillo out for an extended period of time, Gardenhire said that he will mix in Rodriguez, Jason Tyner, Kubel and possibly a few others at the spot -- at least for now. "We had plans out of Spring Training and those have changed," Gardenhire said. "So we're kind of ad-libbing on the go right now." Down on the farm: Right-hander Kevin Slowey gave up only one unearned run over six innings in Triple-A Rochester's 4-3 win over Norfolk on Tuesday night. Slowey allowed just three hits, while striking out two and not issuing a walk in the contest. Denard Span was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts in the win. ... Left-hander Jose Mijares struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his first save of the season in Double-A New Britain's 3-1 victory over Portland. Korey Feiner was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. ... Outfielder Whit Robinson went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Class A Beloit's 4-2 win at Kane County. Coming up: The Twins open a four-game series with the Devil Rays at the Metrodome on Thursday, with the first game scheduled for a 7:10 p.m. CT start. Right-hander Carlos Silva will get the start for Minnesota as he faces off against Tampa Bay left-hander Casey Fossum.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.