"The fourth was junk," Gardenhire said. "It was just like he, I don't know, lost his concentration. I don't know what he did, but it wasn't good. He knows it, we know it, everybody knows it."Gardenhire might have believed Silva knew what a poor inning the fourth was, but his pitcher appeared to have a different take on the situation. Citing the change in arm angle that he's working on, Silva feels he's on the right track. "Those runs they score on me, those don't bother me at all," Silva said. "I feel good, I feel great. The only thing I've got to do is be a little more consistent, to keep my arm there in that spot. "I'm ready. I'll be ready. We're here for Spring Training to get ready for the season, and I'll be ready." The Twins are willing to give Silva at least one more shot to turn things around in his final start of the spring. But unlike a week ago, when Silva was considered to be a virtual lock for the rotation, that status has now come under serious question. "If he continues and he doesn't get it right, we have to make an adjustment, obviously," Gardenhire said. One thing that appears certain is that Silva won't be pitching in the No. 2 spot, as previously thought. Gardenhire said that over the week, the coaching staff will set up how the rotation will be ordered and right now, Silva is definitely not in line to be in the second spot. "We can line that up any way we want to," Gardenhire said. "It looks to me like Boof Bonser should go No. 2 behind Santana, No. 1, so if we want to set it up like that, we can make that adjustment real quick. Andy and I are constantly talking." The lone challenger remaining for Silva's spot is Garza, thanks to Perkins' departure. After pitching 2 2/3 innings Saturday and giving up one run on one hit, Perkins was sent down to join Rochester's rotation. The reasoning for sending Perkins down was due to the club feeling he needed more seasoning before he was ready for a rotation spot. "He had a very good Spring Training here," Gardenhire said. "I thought he threw the ball good, other than the one outing where he started and couldn't find his rhythm. Remember, he hasn't had a year in Triple-A ball. He hasn't been there. He came up and pitched very little at the end and then came up and pitched out of the bullpen for us. He's on a very good pace here. We think he'll be a very good pitcher for us."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less