ARLINGTON -- No Twins reliever currently has more than one day off, and one lasted longer than the team's starting pitcher on Thursday.
Kyle Waldrop was called up from Triple-A Rochester after Thursday night's loss and, with the Twins choosing to work with an eight-man bullpen, outfielder Matt Carson was optioned to Rochester. Carson recorded eight hits in 21 at-bats during his brief big league stint, starting five games since his contract was purchased from Rochester last Friday.
"He's done great," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was playing good and has a cannon of an arm. He can play defense, he can throw the ball and he's accurate. He put some nice swings out there for us. It's just an unfortunate situation. We had to have pitching."
Carson got at least one hit in each of his five starts, going 1-for-5 on Thursday and getting a career-high three hits in his second game with the Twins in last Saturday's loss to the Mariners. In 110 games with Rochester this season, he's batting .277 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.
"Matt Carson didn't do anything to deserve getting sent down," assistant general manager Ron Antony said. "But with Denard coming back, it was the only move that we could make to bring another arm in. We're preparing for the worst in case Deduno or tomorrow's starter [Brian Duensing] doesn't get deep into the game."