Pavano Needs Time Off

I was disappointed that Carl Pavano was not placed on the DL after his last start and tonight he again showed he is not up to pitching in the rotation. The Twins are likely to make some kind of move tomorrow as even Pavano said he was hurting the team right now and needs to get back on track.

Good options for replacing him are not abundant, but there still are a few viable options. Liam Hendriks could be recalled, but I suspect the Twins want him to spend a little more time getting AAA experience. There is not much else available at AAA, but as I said in my last post, Brian Duensing may get the call. Jeff Manship, recently recalled, is also a possibility, although he was being groomed for a bullpen spot. Anthony Swarzak has had his opportunities and not done well. Tonight he proved again that he works best out of the bullpen as he came in to follow Pavano and pitched three and two-thirds innings of shutout ball.

It’s still too early for the trade talk to heat up, so it is highly unlikely that the Twins will trade for a starter right now, but by mid-July we might see some significant action to bolster the pitching staff for the future, if not for this year.

Patience is called for right now. For most of us Twins fans, that is currently in short supply.