Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Trouble Spreads to Short

Another Bartlett-less night, and apparently that’s going to continue awhile. The shortstop isn’t going to play until he sees a doctor in Minneapolis on Thursday. His pain began as a neck problem, but spread to his shoulder the past few days, and it’s got him a little alarmed.

Also, Justin Morneau is getting the night off, sort of, for the first time this year. He’s the DH, with Jeff Cirillo playing the field. Hey, maybe the Twins can finally get their first home run of the season from a DH.


Castillo 2b
Cirillo 1b
Cuddyer rf
Morneau dh
Hunter cf
Redmond c
Kubel lf
Rodriguez 3b
Punto ss

Santana p

Kinsler 2b
Young ss
Teixeira 1b
Sosa dh
Diaz rf
Cruz lf
Laird c
Kata 3b
Mahar cf

Loe p

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

Carmen Cali to replace injured Perkins

The Twins placed left-handed pitcher Glen Perkins (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of left-hander Carmen Cali from Class AAA Rochester.

The 28-year-old reliever was 2-0 with a 2.70 earned run average and one save in 12 appearances (16 2/3 innings) for the Red Wings. He will be available for tonight's game against the Rangers.