Twins need rotation plan for Wednesday's game

Twins need rotation plan for Wednesday's game

Twins need rotation plan for Wednesday's game
DETROIT -- There's just something about the Twins playing in Detroit this season. Maybe Mother Nature just isn't a fan. Saturday marked the fifth straight contest between the clubs at Comerica Park delayed by weather.

During a four-game set from July 2-5, the final three games combined for five hours and 18 minutes of delays. And Friday night's game was rained out after two hours and 29 minutes of waiting.

For the Twins, the bad weather has provided both an opportunity and a disadvantage. For one, manager Ron Gardenhire worried about his bullpen prior to Friday's game.

"We're a little thin. We went through a lot," said Gardenhire as the Twins entered Detroit off a series in Cleveland, where they played two extra-innings games and the bullpen accounted for 13 2/3 innings.

With the day off due to Friday's postponement, the bullpen arms are fresher. But with the day-night doubleheader now being played on Sunday, it leaves the team without a starting pitcher for Wednesday against the Yankees.

Gardenhire had not yet decided which direction he'd go Saturday morning, but he laid out the options.

"We've got to figure something out for Wednesday," he said. "We're gonna use three guys here real quick and somebody's going to come back on short rest, or are we taking somebody out of the bullpen to start.

"Could probably get through [Sunday] and then we'll have to [choose] a guy. We use say, [Brian] Duensing or [Anthony] Swarzak, use them for two or three innings and then they'd be shut down for the first two games of the Yankees [series]."

Along with the right-hander Swarzak and the left-hander Duensing, Saturday's starter Samuel Deduno was also an option. However, he's the only pitcher of the three with no experience against the Yankees and he'd be going on short rest.

For the other two, Swarzak allowed a season-high six runs on April 19. Duensing, on the other hand, hasn't started vs. New York but combined for 1 2/3 scoreless innings in two games.

"If we went that way, whether it be Duensing or we bring back Sammy. We'll just see how everything goes," Gardenhire said.