Hendriks optioned to make room for Diamond

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins officially activated left-hander Scott Diamond from the 15-day disabled list before his start against the Mets on Saturday, and optioned right-hander Liam Hendriks to Triple-A Rochester to make room for him on the roster.

The Twins decided to option Hendriks instead of left-hander Pedro Hernandez, who gave up one run on four hits over 4 1/3 innings in long relief on Friday. Hernandez, who left the game with a left calf strain, is expected to join the rotation.

“Hernandez came in today and he’s fine,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He should be ready to pitch in four or five days. They’re thinking it’s a cramp or a slight strain but nothing bad. All the belief is that he’s fine and he’s throwing the ball fine so that made our decision.”

Gardenhire said he’s still working to sort out the rotation for the club’s upcoming series against the Angels, as Hendriks was slated to start on Tuesday. Gardenhire said it’s possible right-hander Vance Worley could start on short rest on Tuesday with Hernandez getting the start on Wednesday.

“We’re kind of ad-libbing here on how we’re going to run all this things there,” Gardenhire said. “Worley threw just 57 pitches last night so there’s a chance he could even come back Tuesday.”

Hendriks made two starts this season, posting a 4.66 ERA with five strikeouts and one walk in 9 2/3 innings. He fared well in his last outing against the Royals, as he gave up just one run, but he lasted just five innings.

“He has to make better use of his pitches and go deep into games,” Gardenhire said. “The last outing was better where he moved the ball in and used his breaking ball to keep hitters off-balance. He just has to start doing that from inning one. So he’ll have to go down to Triple-A and work on that.”

Mets (6-4)
1. Collin Cowgill, CF
2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. John Buck, C
5. Lucas Duda, LF
6. Marlon Byrd, RF
7. Ike Davis, 1B
8. Justin Turner, DH
9. Ruben Tejada, SS

RHP Matt Harvey

Twins (4-6)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Joe Mauer, DH
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS

LHP Scott Diamond

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