7/13/2014 4:51 P.M. ET
Twins set rotation for after All-Star break
By Jack Etkin / Special to MLB.com
DENVER -- Kyle Gibson will start Friday against the Rays when the Twins resume play after the All-Star break, followed by Kevin Correia on Saturday and Phil Hughes on Sunday.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said left-hander Kris Johnson, who made his second spot start of the season Friday and allowed eight hits and five runs in four innings and lost, 6-2, will remain in the rotation in either the fourth or fifth spot.
The series with the Rays will open a 10-day, 10-game homestand that will also include three games with the Indians and four with the White Sox.
"I always feel for the clubhouse guys, who are working their tails off with this All-Star stuff," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "But it's nice to be home. We've been on the road a lot, and I do mean a lot. This'll be a nice stretch where we can kind of gather ourselves."
The All-Star break comes after a seven-game road trip that began in Seattle and a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began with a road trip at the Angels and Rangers.
"We've been playing a lot of baseball, a lot of travel," Gardenhire said. "I think the guys are starting to feel it. I think this [break] comes at a perfect time."
Santana set to begin rehab assignment Monday
DENVER -- Shortstop Danny Santana (left knee deep bone bruise) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Class A Advanced Fort Myers. The team is off Tuesday, so Santana will resume his rehab on Wednesday and Thursday. Barring a setback, Santana, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 27, will be activated Friday when the Twins resume play after the All-Star break.
Santana is scheduled to play five innings in center field Monday, seven innings at shortstop on Wednesday and nine innings in center field on Thursday. Santana has played 18 games and 15 starts in center field for the Twins this season and 18 games and 16 starts at shortstop.
Jack Etkin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.