05/22/07 10:00 PM ET
Notes: Injuries deplete bullpen depth
Perkins placed on disabled list; Reyes expected to be next
By Shawn Smajstrla / Special to MLB.com
Cali became the eighth player already this season to be called up from Rochester. Six of those are still with the Twins, though two of them -- outfielder Josh Rabe and Perkins -- are on the disabled list.Cali arrived in Texas on Tuesday afternoon, but his availability for that night's game was questionable considering that he threw 2 2/3 innings on Monday night. "I could not sleep last night, I was just too excited," Cali said before Tuesday's game. "But I can go. Of course, I can go. I've got a lot of adrenaline here." Mauer catches bullpen: Catcher Joe Mauer continues to make progress recovering from his strained left quadriceps. He caught a bullpen session before Tuesday's game. It was his first bullpen session since suffering the injury. "There's not much to tell you," Mauer said. "It was a good bullpen. It felt good to get out there." Gardenhire is looking forward to getting Mauer's bat back in the lineup. But Gardenhire isn't willing to rush, and he also discounts the idea of using Mauer as a DH. "We're going to make sure he can catch before we bring him back," Gardenhire said. "Running has been the biggest issue. It's not so much catching, it's running. I can envision doing anything to get his bat back in here, but I don't want to bring him back and say 'You're going to DH for a while.' He needs to catch. That way we know he's healthy." Defensive stability: Defense hasn't been the downfall of the Twins so far this season. Through 44 games, Minnesota was second in the American League behind only Baltimore in fielding percentage at .987. Minnesota outfielders had recorded a league-high 15 assists. Luis Castillo continues to be a major part of the Twins defensive prowess. Entering Tuesday, the second baseman had not committed an error since May 29, 2006 -- a stretch of 130 games. That is a Major League record for the position. During the span, Castillo had turned 67 double plays and recorded 354 assists and 240 putouts in 594 total chances. Up next: Twins right-hander Boof Bonser (2-1, 3.91) takes on the Rangers to close out the three-game series at 1:05 p.m. CT Wednesday. It will be Bonser's first career start at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Right-hander Robinson Tejeda (4-3, 4.53) will start for the Rangers.
Shawn Smajstrla is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.