09/04/10 9:08 PM ET
Thome ties, passes McGwire on homer list
Twins slugger rips Nos. 583 and 584, now ninth all-time
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Twins take cautious approach, sit Valencia
MINNEAPOLIS -- After playing in 38 straight games, Twins third baseman Danny Valencia was not in the lineup Saturday after leaving Friday night's contest in the seventh inning with a tight right hamstring.Matt Tolbert got the start at third base Saturday. Valencia, who said that he first felt the tightness during Thursday night's 13-inning loss to the Tigers, was getting treatment on the hamstring Saturday. Valencia told manager Ron Gardenhire he could have started against the Rangers on Saturday, but Gardenhire said that they'd wait at least one more day before returning Valencia to the lineup. "He should be fine," Gardenhire said. "He said he wanted to go out and try it today, but no sense in that. That's silly." As for other injuries, Jason Kubel (bruised left wrist) was taking more swings on the field before Saturday's game and said he might be available to pinch-hit. Gardenhire said that Kubel will definitely be ready to play on Sunday. Left-hander Brian Fuentes (stiff back) still appears to be a couple days away from being available out of the bullpen. Gardenhire didn't have an exact update, but said he hadn't seen Fuentes much on the field during batting practice, meaning it's at least another day before he can pitch.
Prospect Revere to join club Sunday
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins will add some outfield depth Sunday when prospect Ben Revere joins the club.Revere's season had appeared to be finished Aug. 3 when he was hit by a pitch near his right eye, causing a fracture in the orbital bone. But the 22-year-old outfielder healed faster than expected, returning to Double-A New Britain on Aug. 27 and getting right back into an offensive groove. And now Revere is going to be bringing his speed, versatility and his well-known smile to the Majors. Manager Ron Gardenhire announced after Saturday's 12-4 win over Texas that Minnesota had selected Revere's contract. To make room for Revere on the 40-man roster, the Twins will have to make a corresponding roster move before Sunday's game. "He'll come in off the bench, as a fifth outfielder, pinch-runner, all of the above," Gardenhire said. Minnesota's first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and one of the club's top prospects, Revere has twice been selected as the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year -- both in 2008 and '09. Since returning to the Rock Cats' lineup on Aug. 27, Revere has gone 13-for-34 at the plate. He is hitting .305 with 36 stolen bases in 94 games for the Rock Cats this season and holds a career .328 batting average with 146 stolen bases in the Minor Leagues. Before Saturday's game, Gardenhire had expressed his need for help in the outfield. "I need protection in the outfield," Gardenhire said. "I think we've seen that enough already, especially as you're going along in the game just like the other night when I end up putting a DH in the game as an outfielder. We don't need that. We should have another player and it shouldn't be an infielder, in a playoff race." Revere spent most of Spring Training with the club in big league camp and he left a strong impression on the coaching staff. An impression that led to this callup for Revere and an opportunity for him to help out in a pennant race. "Liked him immediately," Gardenhire said. "How can you not like him? He's got that smile and he comes to play every day. He can do a lot of things. He's working really hard. He took a big shot in the face this year. He's bounced back from that and came back swinging. There's not too much not to like about this young man."
Twins left-hander Jose Mijares threw a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon. Mijares is still working his way back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. His progress was set back a day when he needed to have a toenail removed, manager Ron Gardenhire said, but Mijares could be getting closer to returning. ... Joe Mauer was given the day off Saturday. Drew Butera was behind the plate, as he is the personal catcher for starter Carl Pavano, and Jim Thome was given the start at designated hitter. "Mauer is basically just beat to crap, 13 innings [Thursday] and 18 foul tips [Friday] off the shoulder," Gardenhire said. Mauer is expected to be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.