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Twins place Kevin Slowey on DL

Posted on: April 9, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2011 8:30 pm

By Evan Brunell

SloweyThe Twins have placed starter-turned-reliever Kevin Slowey on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain after feeling soreness in the shoulder Monday. He's logged 3 2/3 innings for the Twins so far with a 2.45 ERA and should prove successful out of the bullpen after his removal from the rotation, which was a mistake in the first place. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire believes that the transition may have had something to do with the soreness. While relievers throw less overall pitches an outing, they are expected to bounce back faster and be ready to throw -- whether in the bullpen warming up or in a game -- multiple days in a row.

"That's something Slowey is going to have to learn probably, to warm up a little better and take it a little easier rather than try to rush," Gardenhire said, according to the Associated Press. "A learning experience."

Slowey, for his part, is unsure.

 "I'm certainly not a medical professional so asking me to figure out or extrapolate what caused it, I think, wouldn't be very fair for me to say what caused it," Slowey said. "All I know is we got an MRI done and the doctors said they don't think it's anything serious. They do recommend taking some time and then going from there."

To replace Slowey, the team has promoted reliever Alex Burnett from Triple-A. Burnett saw extensive time in Minnesota last season, pitching 47 2/3 innings but posting a 5.29 ERA with 23 walks and 37 strikeouts. The Twins already have a poor bullpen in front of Joe Nathan and Matt Capps, so this won't help matters for a club already reeling from losing starting second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka for a bit over a month.

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Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 7:57 pm

Twins place Kevin Slowey on DL

I have to agree. In this day and age, we as fans seem to think we know more than any of the writers or coaches or other fans. Just because we don't agree with someone doesn't make them an idiot. It's hard to respond on a lot of these forums because civility is gone. Within a few posts, it seems to go from someone not knowing anything to trying to top each other on who could be the most rude. This thread is tame compared to most, but give the writer a little credit. He is stating it as he sees it. Like he says, give some reasons if you disagree.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2011 7:41 pm

Twins place Kevin Slowey on DL

Um... jus tbecause I call the bullpen poor does NOT mean that I don't know who is in the bullpen. I'm a baseball writer for CBS, give me some credit. I've done my research. Just because I don't conform to your personal views doesn't mean I'm an idiot. In fact, it appears you're the idiot for resorting to ad hominem attacks. What is wrong with you guys? MVPMorneau -- where does it say I don't recognize the names? I can name virtually every player in the major leagues right now, plus a ton of ex-major leaguers and minor leaguers. Can you? TwinVikings, what the heck are you talking about I am in no position to make a statement? So somehow you are more qualified? Going to go with a no on that.
Oh, and seven games is a laughable amount in which to make an evaluation on the bullpen. We know what we knew a week ago. And by the way, I'm not the only one who believes the Twins have a poor bullpen. This is not news that the bullpen is soft behind Nathan and Capps.
I'm very, very disappointed in the conduct you guys have chosen. If you disagree with me on a poor bullpen, great, tell me you disagree and why. But don't tell me I'm an idiot. I spend hours every day reading, writing and researching. For you to make that kind of broad personal attack reflects very poorly on you. 

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2011 4:14 pm

Twins place Kevin Slowey on DL

Are you serious Evan?? A poor bullpen? You are in no position to make such a awful statement? What has the bullpen done so far, 7 games into the season to warrant being called POOR?? It's writers like you that no place to be putting fingers to keypad and clicking post.  Shameful. 

Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2011 4:07 pm

Twins place Kevin Slowey on DL

Give me a break.  The Twins bullpen is fine.  Better than most teams in MLB.  They started the season with 6 games on the road at AL East opponents and now have some home cooking.  Slowey will be back  soon. 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 3:54 pm

Twins place Kevin Slowey on DL

Just because Evan Brunell doesnt recognize any of the names in the Twins bullpen doesnt mean it s "poor" bullpen. Any "names" you recognize that left made that name as a Twin. Gardy/Adnerson have long established a reputation for putting together one of the best pens in baseball, year after year. Maybe if Evan Brunell actually KNEW something about baseball, he/she wouldnt make such asinine comments as this. And CBS pasy  to publish this trash?? wow, hard times at the Eye

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