07/10/10 5:58 PM ET
Condrey's sore elbow not getting better
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Twins starters struggling early in games
DETROIT -- Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson is certainly aware of the struggles that his team's starting pitchers have had recently with giving up runs in the early innings of games.On Thursday night in Toronto, the club found itself in a 5-0 hole after two innings with starter Scott Baker on the hill. And on Friday night in Detroit, Francisco Liriano lasted just 1 2/3 innings after putting the team in a 7-0 hole. "We just get deep in a hole," manager Ron Gardenhire said after Friday's 7-3 loss. "We've been there too many times lately." Overall, the team has trailed by at least a run after the first inning in four of its last five contests, and the early holes have certainly started to frustrate the Twins. "That's something that's going to be addressed in the next pitchers meeting," Anderson said. "It's been addressed one-on-one with the starters, but now we'll do it as a whole." The message that Anderson has been trying to send to his starters is not to press early in contests. After his outing on Friday, Liriano acknowledged being frustrated as he felt that even his good pitches were getting hit. What Anderson doesn't want his staff to do is to let the games get away from them even if things start off rocky. "We talk about them slowing down, getting to their balance, letting their pitches work for them and locating the ball," Anderson said. "It's like a broken record and sure, it's frustrating. But you try to stay on it and hope they can get back to what they were doing well earlier this season."
Scott Baker had a cortisone shot in his right elbow on Friday. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Baker won't throw for five days, which will coincide with the All-Star break. Baker is expected to be moved toward the back of the rotation when the team resumes play, meaning he could start on Sunday, July 18 vs. the White Sox or Monday, July 19 vs. the Indians. ... Infielder Alexi Casilla is scheduled to begin a rehab stint with Class A Fort Myers starting on Saturday night. Casilla, who underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, will play all nine innings. ... Gardenhire also said that Matt Tolbert, who is currently on the disabled list with a bruised right middle finger, is still dealing with some soreness in the finger.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.