Twins discussing options for starter on Saturday

Twins discussing options for starter on Saturday

Twins discussing options for starter on Saturday
DETROIT -- With right-hander Nick Blackburn being optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, the Twins need a starter against the Rangers this weekend, but they've yet to make a decision on who will take the mound at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Blackburn was scheduled to start on Sunday, but the Twins actually need a starter for Saturday, as right-hander Cole De Vries pitched two innings in relief in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Tigers.

De Vries was slated to start Saturday but will be pushed back to Sunday, so the Twins still have to decide on a starter for Saturday.

The Twins could opt to go with an internal candidate such as right-hander Anthony Swarzak or could call up a pitcher such as Rochester right-hander Sam Deduno. Or they could go with a bullpen day using multiple relievers because it's right before the All-Star break.

"We'll just wait 'till we get through the next couple of days and we'll make a decision," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll have somebody in place for you."

Gardenhire met with assistant general manager Rob Antony before Wednesday's game to discuss their options, but a decision isn't expected to be announced until this weekend.

"We'll just get through these next few days and figure it out," Antony said. "So we'll discuss that, we'll see if there's any internal bullpen guys, if we want to use one of them for a spot start, or if he wants to do something else."