Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New Guy, Same Look

Carmen Cali has arrived, and he’s pretty excited to be here. He threw 3 1/3 innings last night, but ask him if he’s available to pitch tonight, and he gets a pretty good laugh. “Anything they want,” he said. “I’m ready.”

Yeah, dumb question. You don’t get called up to the majors -- he got the word at 1:15 a.m. today, in his hotel in Norfolk, Va. -- and immediately tell the manager you’re too tired to pitch. Besides, Cali only threw 28 pitches in a very efficient outing.

Cali replaces Glen Perkins, who won’t be the only pitcher to go on the disabled list. Dennys Reyes’ arm soreness will probably sideline him, too.

One of the first things Cali did upon arrival was get the standard Twins’ look -- no, not the uniform. He was marched into the restroom and got the buzzed-off haircut that his new teammates all sport already.

“First time since college,” he said with a laugh.

-- Phil Miller

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