06/26/10 1:32 PM ET
Twins' trade needs not yet discussed
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Blackburn turnaround could come at home
NEW YORK -- One reason the Twins could be seeking rotation help is due to some recent scuffles by their starting staff, which includes a 9.27 ERA over the first seven games of this nine-game road trip. That's due in part to some rough outings by Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey, who combined to give up 25 runs over 13 innings in four starts on this trip.After Blackburn failed to make it past the fourth inning for the fourth time in five starts, manager Ron Gardenhire had indicated that he and pitching coach Rick Anderson would discuss Blackburn's next turn in the rotation. But the decision was made to keep Blackburn in line for his next start. "It's never a good feeling to see a guy scuffling, but we've seen him battle it before," said Gardenhire. "It's just a confidence thing now -- keep his confidence going and run him back out, see what happens." One positive for the Twins in regards to Blackburn is that his next start comes at Target Field, where he is 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA in six starts compared to 2-5 with a 9.40 ERA in eight starts on the road. "That's your shining light with him is to get home and see if he kind of falls back into place," Gardenhire said.
Twins activate Mijares from restricted list
NEW YORK -- Left-hander Jose Mijares had arrived at Citi Field on Saturday morning, and the Twins activated the pitcher from the restricted list just before game time.Mijares had spent the last eight days in Venezuela dealing with a family emergency, and over that time he was not able to throw a baseball. Due to the long layoff, Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson wanted to watch Mijares throw before Saturday's contest in order to make a decision on his status. The Twins transferred Mijares from the bereavement list to the restricted list on Friday night in order to keep right-hander Jeff Manship in the bullpen for the series opener against the Mets. Mijares had already spent the maximum seven days on the bereavement list, also known as the Family Medical Emergency list, which is why he had to be transferred in order to keep the extra player. Mijares' flight arrived in New York around 6 p.m. CT on Friday night, but Gardenhire said that Mijares was exhausted from the travel and the stress of his family emergency so he went straight to the hotel. To make room on the roster for Mijares, the Twins optioned Manship back to Triple-A Rochester.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.