Swarzak to make another start in place of Milone

Swarzak to make another start in place of Milone

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Anthony Swarzak will make another spot start in place of injured left-hander Tommy Milone on Sunday against the Indians.

Swarzak, who has a 4.42 ERA in 77 1/3 innings this year, will be making his third spot of the year. His last one came on Monday against the Tigers, and he gave up six runs on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings but took a no-decision in an eventual Twins loss.

There remains a chance Milone returns this season, but he's still suffering from neck stiffness and hasn't started a game since Sept. 2. He was originally skipped in the rotation after suffering from shoulder fatigue, but felt stiffness in his neck while throwing a bullpen on Saturday.

"He had a shot in his neck," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's throwing long toss. But he has to go through the whole process and throw a bullpen. But step one is long toss. After that, if he's OK, he'll throw a bullpen after that, if he's OK, we can get him in a start."

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