By Evan Brunell
The 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.