08/26/10 9:10 PM ET
Flores ready for new start with Twins
Left-handed veteran happy to get chance in Minnesota
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
"This game tends to surprise you sometimes," Flores said. "I'm just really appreciative of being in this locker room."
Baker shining on the hill in second half
ARLINGTON -- The wins have started to come with more regularity for starter Scott Baker since the start of the second half. In seven starts since the All-Star break, Baker is 4-1.Despite the fact that Baker was getting more wins, there were still some signs of inconsistency in a few of his starts. But it was Baker's last start against the Angels that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire found very encouraging based on the way that Baker was in command of both his stuff and the pace of the game. Baker pitched seven scoreless innings against the Angels, scattering five hits while walking two and striking out four. "He was ahead in the count," Gardenhire said. "He pitched effectively out of the zone too. That's where he pitches the best is when he's able to get ahead and get guys to chase with that fastball up and breaking balls out. He's more effective out of the zone than in the zone." Baker has also had issues at times throughout this career with the pace of the game and Gardenhire said he hopes that Baker can continue to keep things moving in his starts, like he has done in some of his recent successful outings. "When he scuffles, he starts walking around the back of the mound and we get too long," Gardenhire said. "It's all about command and keeping the pace of the game going."
Mahay to have surgery on right shoulder
ARLINGTON -- Left-hander Ron Mahay will have surgery to repair the tear in the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.Angels team orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum will perform Mahay's surgery. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that a date has not been set for the surgery. The Twins transferred Mahay to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday, effectively ensuring that his season was over, to make room for left-hander Randy Flores on the 40-man roster.
Twins prospect out for rest of season
ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Kyle Gibson's Minor League season has appeared to come to an end.Gibson, the Twins' first-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester on Thursday with a sprained ankle. But the move isn't hampering Gibson's progress as he was close to being shut down for the year anyway. The right-hander had thrown a total of 152 innings this year. Twins Minor League director Jim Rantz said earlier this month that the Twins planned to cap Gibson's workload somewhere between 150-160 innings. The year was certainly a success for Gibson, as he moved up three levels in what was his first professional season. Gibson did not pitch at all in the Minors in 2009 after he was drafted due to a stress fracture in his right forearm. "This was a fast track for him," Rantz said. "I don't recall that happening much in the past." Injuries within the Twins system and other callups did play a role in Gibson getting a chance to pitch at Rochester. He got the call to move up since he was the guy who was pitching well and ready when a spot opened up in the Red Wings' rotation. Gibson was 0-0 with a 1.72 ERA in three starts for the Red Wings. In three combined stops between Rochester, Double-A New Britain and Class A Fort Myers, Gibson went 11-6 with a 2.96 ERA.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.