Scott Baker’s Opening Night assignment has been called off. And so has the Philip Humber-R.A. Dickey roster competition.
The right-hander was placed on the disabled list today after he experienced some stiffness in his right shoulder while pitching against Class AAA Norfolk on Wednesday.
Baker will be replaced Monday night at the Metrodome against the Seattle Mariners by Francisco Liriano, who receives the first Opening Day assignment of his career.
Liriano will be followed by Nick Blackburn on Tuesday, then Kevin Slowey and Glen Perkins. Friday’s starter in Chicago figures to be Dickey, whose quest for a roster spot has been successful, at least until Baker returns. With Baker going on the disabled list for 15 days — retroactive to his last Grapefruit League start on March 27, making him eligible to return as early as April 12 — the Twins are down to 12 pitchers.
Baker threw just 58 pitches in his final tuneup start, allowing no runs over five innings.
The Twins also placed catcher Joe Mauer and pitcher Boof Bonser on the disabled list, joining Pat Neshek. Mauer’s exact return date is uncertain as he is continues recovering from inflammation in his sacroiliac joint. Bonser is out for the season after shoulder surgery in February.
Posted: April 02, 2009 at 05:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
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