KANSAS CITY -- With a group of young starting pitchers manning the Twins' rotation the rest of the way, manager Ron Gardenhire said that he's looking for continued improvement.
"You just want to see improvement like [Liam] Hendricks did his last outing. He kind of figured it out a little bit. Hopefully he can maintain it and get more experience. Also, hopefully, he'll be able to harness everything and continue the process of developing at the Major League level," Gardenhire said on Friday. "That's what you hope to see. The same way with Cole De Vries, we'll see what he does the rest of the way, how he goes. And Scott Diamond, we're seeing a pitcher in the making, here, and he's doing very well with it.
"Now it's about finishing out the season, continuing to do what they're doing and giving us chances to win. That gives us a tougher decision next spring when we start looking at the pitching staff, and that's what you hope, that all these guys do make it tough."
With rosters eligible to expand on Saturday, Gardenhire also mentioned the possibility of the rotation growing past five arms.
"We want to see some people pitch, get some people up here. That's a possibility, a six-man [rotation]. It could be move somebody to the bullpen, whatever we want to do," Gardenhire said.