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DALLAS — The Twins agreed to send right-hander Kevin Slowey to the Rockies for a player to be named, the club officially announced Tuesday.
Slowey, 27, went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in 59 1/3 innings last season. He started the season in the bullpen but battled forearm issues and an abdominal strain, and finished the season in the starting rotation.
Slowey, though, struggled as a starter, going 0-8 with a 7.25 ERA in eight outings down the stretch. Because of his struggles, Slowey, who made $2.7 million last season, was a non-tender candidate for the Twins.
But he fared much better as a starter in ’10, going 13-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 30 games (28 starts) totaling 155 2/3 innings. The right-hander has a career 4.66 ERA with 395 strikeouts, 84 walks and 84 homers allowed in 532 2/3 innings.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan — speaking with reporters during his media availability on Monday — spoke highly of Slowey, saying he expects him to bounce back next season.
“All you have to do is look at 2010,” Ryan said. “What did he do in 2010? How many games did he win? You can slice and dice those statistics any way you want, you’re looking for guys who win games. A starting pitcher’s job is probably, first and foremost, to win games. A guy wins 15, 20 games in the major leagues, you say, ‘Geez, I don’t know how he did it but he’s got ’em.’ OK.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins right-hander Scott Baker was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor muscle strain today, and right-hander Kevin Slowey will be activated before Friday’s game in Cleveland and is scheduled to start on Sunday.
Baker, who allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings in the Twins’ 8-6 loss to the Red Sox last night, missed 14 games in mid-July after being placed on the disabled list with a right flexor muscle strain on July 7.
He said after Monday’s start that his elbow “feels average,” and meet with team doctors on Tuesday before deciding it would be best to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Baker, who had a 3.01 ERA in 17 starts before his injury, had a 4.29 ERA over his last four outings after being activated from the disabled list on July 23. But he’s been the club’s most consistent starter this year, with a 3.21 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 131 2/3 innings.
Slowey, meanwhile, posted a 3.60 ERA with 38 strikeouts and six walks in seven starts totaling 50 innings with Triple-A Rochester.
He originally made five starts with Rochester as part of a rehab assignment because of a strained abdominal muscle that landed him on the disabled list on May 21. He was activated from the disabled list on July 21, but remained in the Minors because the club didn’t have an open spot in its rotation.
Slowey began the season in the Twins’ bullpen, but had trouble staying healthy in his new role, as he was also placed on the disabled list on April 9 with right shoulder bursitis and didn’t return until June 17.
He has a 4.91 ERA in six relief appearances with the Twins this year, with seven strikeouts and one walk over 14 2/3 innings.
Slowey was also a candidate to be traded before the July 31 Trade Deadline, and could still be dealt before Aug. 31. But it’s a complicated process, as deals involving players on the 40-man roster cannot be made unless the players already have cleared waivers.
In other words, the player must be offered to the other teams in reverse order of the standings, and if he is claimed by one of the teams, he cannot be traded to a team other than the club that claimed him. The club that placed the player on waivers can either withdraw the request and keep the player, work out a trade or let the player go to the claiming team, which would then have the rights to the player.
OAKLAND — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave no indication whether the Twins will make any moves before today’s 3 p.m. CT Trade Deadline, but it appears more and more likely the club will stand pat.
“I have no clue,” Gardenhire said. “I just read your articles, and you guys write it, and so I just try to get a lineup in, read some clips and read about our Minor Leaguers. I can’t control that other stuff.”
Gardenhire, though, is certainly aware that Twins players such as Denard Span, Jason Kubel, and Kevin Slowey have been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to today’s deadline.
But recent reports indicate that the Nationals are reluctant to include closer Drew Storen in a deal for Span, and that a trade is appears unlikely at this point unless the Nationals decide to budge on their offer. And a source told Foxsports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Twins are not looking to trade Kubel despite heavy interest from the Pirates.
The Rockies, meanwhile, remain interested in Slowey, but it remains unclear how close the two sides are regarding a deal for the right-hander.
Gardenhire said he’s simply trying his best to keep his players loose, as Trade Deadline day is always a hectic one.
“It’s more prominent now,” Gardenhire said. “There’s more media attention on it and more speculation, and blogs and Tweets. We didn’t have all that stuff when I played. So yeah, there’s some uneasiness out there, especially if you’re a team like us trying to get back into it and trying to stay in it. We believe we can still catch people, and others might not. So it’s out there.”
Gardehire also added he expects Span, out with a concussion suffered June 3, to play in his final rehab game with Triple-A Rochester tonight before heading to Anaheim tomorrow to be ready for Tuesday’s game.
“I plan on him traveling tomorrow and being in Anaheim,” Gardenhire said. “I think he’ll play tonight and then he’ll be traveling.”
Span also had his say this morning via Twitter regarding the recent trade rumors.
“Good morning everyone!,” Span wrote. “I just woke up and read the star tribune article with people’s comments! Smh. A lot of people read things and form an opinion very quick. This will be my last tweet for a lil bit. I want to be in a twins uniform after today and for the rest of the deal I signed a year ago! To my teammates that I hope I see again u guys know what type of person and team player I am.”
Lineups for the 3:05 p.m. CT start at the Oakland Coliseum:
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Joe Mauer, 1B
3. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
9. Drew Butera, C
RHP Carl Pavano (6-7, 4.60 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 3.77 K/BB)
1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
2. Coco Crisp, CF
3. Hideki Matsui, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Conor Jackson, 1B
6. Ryan Sweeney, RF
7. Cliff Pennington, SS
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Scott Sizemore, 3B
RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-5, 3.52 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 3.75 K/BB)