MINNEAPOLIS -- P.J. Walters is learning a valuable lesson from his stint on the disabled list: Communicate before a minor injury becomes serious.
Walters, placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday with right shoulder inflammation, seemingly tried to grit his teeth through the issue in Wednesday's start. But he was pulled after failing to record an out on 15 pitches.
"You have to think about your arm, your career, the whole package when you get into these situations," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's why we have trainers here. If you tell them you're barking a little bit, it's not like we're going to shut you down totally. We'll let them treat you and we'll go from there. They can put you on medication and get away from some of this stuff."
The right-hander said he was unable to get loose in the bullpen before taking the mound. Walters initially resisted Gardenhire's motion to end his outing early before eventually admitting his discomfort.
"You never want to leave the field like that," Walters said afterward. "You always want to be healthy and help the team. The last thing you want to do is have the bullpen throw nine innings -- offense puts up eight runs tonight and we lose. That's pretty much about as bad as you could have drawn it up."
Walters' injury is just the latest dent in an already banged up Minnesota rotation. He is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in seven starts this season, though his ERA sat at 4.42 before Wednesday.
"He's been throwing really well," Gardenhire said. "He wanted to go out there. ... But you got to get that Superman off your chest and get things taken care of.
"I think he'll be OK from here on out. He's learned a little bit."