Waldrop called up to give Twins' 'pen a lift

Waldrop called up to give Twins' 'pen a lift

Waldrop called up to give Twins' 'pen a lift
ARLINGTON -- With the Twins bullpen forced to throw 5 2/3 innings after starter Scott Diamond's third-inning ejection in Thursday's 10-6 loss, they called up Triple-A Rochester right-hander Kyle Waldrop to help a group of relievers who have pitched 14 innings in the last four days.

Waldrop was called up after Thursday night's game, as the Twins optioned outfielder Matt Carson to Rochester. After recovering from a strained elbow, Waldrop was activated from the disabled list June 1 and recalled by the Twins June 29. He made four appearances during the brief stint, going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, striking out one and walking three in four innings before optioned to Rochester on July 12.

"We had to use a lot of people last night," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's like a domino effect -- the pitcher leaves the game early like that, we don't really have a choice. We've got three more games here, then four at home and six more on the road without a day off. We had to make a move last night."

In 24 games with Rochester, Waldrop posted a 3.34 ERA while striking out 16 and walking 13 in 35 innings. He tossed one scoreless inning in his last outing on Tuesday and has not thrown multiple innings in a game since Aug. 13.

"When a lot of guys in the bullpen throw, obviously, you need someone to come step in," Waldrop said. "Mechanically, I wasn't where I needed to be. I worked on some things and got into a little more of a groove. I felt a little more comfortable and got more consistent. I felt better than I did before."