Vasquez, Walters expected to join Twins' roster

Vasquez, Walters expected to join Twins' roster

Vasquez, Walters expected to join Twins' roster
KANSAS CITY -- With rosters eligible to be expanded on Saturday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the club has two players it plans to add.

The Twins plan to select the contract of right-handed pitcher Esmerling Vasquez from Triple-A Rochester and activate right-handed pitcher P.J. Walters from the 60-day disabled list.

Vasquez was selected off waivers by the Twins last September after spending eight years in the Diamondbacks' organization. He appeared in 141 games -- all in relief -- for Arizona in the last three seasons, posting a 4.66 ERA.

In 31 games this season with Rochester, Vasquez went 9-6 with a 2.78 ERA. He allowed just 31 earned runs in 100 1/3 innings. He made eight starts with the Red Wings, and Gardenhire said there was a "strong possibility" that Vasquez could start Sunday's game against the Royals.

Walters originally went on the 15-day disabled list on June 14 with right shoulder inflammation. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 28, and he's made six rehab appearances since Aug. 4, the latest coming on Thursday, when he threw five innings against Buffalo.

Walters allowed four runs on five hits, including a home run. He struck out five and walked two in taking the loss.