07/17/11 6:10 PM ET
Twins put Baker on DL, promote Diamond
By Jordan Schelling / MLB.com
With Baker having second thoughts about his scheduled start on Monday afternoon, the Twins chose to put him on the 15-day DL, giving the right-hander a few more days to rest his strained right elbow.
"He was really unsure whether he was going to be able to go in this start," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He thought he could pitch, but he didn't know the ramifications after he pitched, how that would come into play, if he'd be really sore and end up having to miss starts after it."
In place of Baker, Anthony Swarzak will start the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Indians. He was originally scheduled to pitch the nightcap of the twin bill.
Diamond, a lefty who is 4-8 with a 4.70 ERA for Triple-A Rochester this season, will make his Major League debut in Game 2 of the doubleheader.
A 2010 Rule 5 Draft selection by the Twins, Diamond will take the 40-man roster spot once occupied by Eric Hacker.
"We'll give [Diamond] a chance to kind of regroup, sit around here, see what it's all about, get a feel for a few more things," Gardenhire said. "We're facing the Cleveland Indians and he's being thrown into a fire here, so we'll see how he does. He's a nice-looking young pitcher."
Baker was scheduled to make his first start since July 5, when he exited the game after just five innings due to a right elbow strain.
Instead, he'll be on the DL until at least Friday with the move retroactive to July 7.
"He wanted to pitch, but it just wasn't going to work out," Gardenhire said. "He was very unsure of how it was going to turn out. You can't have uncertainty out there."
Span will stay in center field upon return
MINNEAPOLIS -- When he returns from the disabled list, Denard Span will be the Twins center fielder.
When asked if he had given any thought about how the outfield would look when Span returns from the DL after being sidelined for six weeks with a concussion, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he would not take away Span's starting spot due to the injury.
"Denard's our center fielder," Gardenhire said.
"You're talking about a personality here that feels he belongs in center field, too. You have to weigh a lot of things. He's earned his right to play center field."
With Span out, rookie Ben Revere has done an excellent job filling in, both at the plate and in the field.
Gardenhire indicated he would like to keep Revere in the lineup, but would not do so at Span's expense.
"We'll just let it play out, see what happens," Gardenhire said. "If I have to make changes I would -- but I'd talk to Denard about that [first] -- to keep everybody's bats in the lineup. We've already seen Revere can play right field, too.
"So, if I have to keep his bat in the lineup, which I would love to, it's not going to be easy, but we're just going to have to figure it out. Whatever makes us win, whatever makes us go. Right now Ben's been making us go."
Gardy, Nishioka let it ride for World Cup
MINNEAPOLIS -- With their respective nations squaring off in the FIFA Women's World Cup final, manager Ron Gardenhire and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka made a friendly wager on the game.
There is no money riding on the game between the United States and Japan, but the loser of the bet will have to wear a T-shirt of the winner's choice.
"It's a very exciting day for both of us," Gardenhire said. "Our women versus his women. Pretty neat."
The Twins skipper said he already had a shirt in mind for Nishioka.
"I wish I could trash talk in Japanese right now, 'cause he'd hear it all," Gardenhire said. "He's going to have to wear, 'I love American women.' I don't know what he's got for me."
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.