• Rochester Rotation Shuffle

    When Mike Pelfrey was activated from the disabled list earlier this month, P.J. Walters was the odd-man out of the Twins rotation. He was outrighted to Rochester on July 8th and made his first start on July 12th.

    Once Walters was designated for assignment, it was assumed he’d be joining a rotation that consisted of Vance Worley, Liam Hendriks, Pedro Hernandez, and Cole De Vries, all of whom have major league experience. That doesn’t include Andrew Albers and Logan Darnell, both southpaws by way of the Kentucky Wildcats. Having seven capable pitchers at this level, especially with the question marks in the big league rotation - even if all turn out to be AAAA pitchers - seemed luxurious.


    And then the wheels started to fall off.

    Cole De Vries experience discomfort in his right (throwing) elbow and was placed on the DL with a strained elbow on July 6.

    Pedro Hernandez was scratched from his scheduled start on July 14 and placed on the DL with a left (throwing) forearm strain.

    Even without De Vries, who has battled injuries all year, and Hernandez, who was probably destined for the bullpen anyway, Rochester still had a formidable rotation.

    But then – as things typically happen in threes – Vance Worley went down with right (throwing) shoulder impingement. By the time Worley rehabs and is ready to pitch again, there is a chance the minor-league season will be over.

    Former Twin sinkerballer Nick Blackburn, who is recovering from wrist surgery, is set to re-join the Red Wings rotation tomorrow to fill out the starting five. He could be a valuable addition to this staff as he tries to work his way back to the Twin Cities. But since his first game action on June 28 he’s made only five minor-league appearances between the GCL Twins and New Britain.

    And if that’s not enough “flux” for you, P.J. Walters will be leaving the team after his start on Thursday to be his wife for the birth of their daughter.

    Despite all the shakeup (or hiccups), the Red Wings have still managed to recover from a horrid (2-11) start to be tied for the lead in the Wild Card race. Just imagine how much better this team could be if they could get healthy and play to their potential, though in that case, Worley, De Vries and potentially Blackburn could be finding themselves flying west.
    This article was originally published in blog: Rochester Rotation Shuffle started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      My first thought to the picture:
      "Why is Justin Morneau pitching in a Red Wings uniform?"
      Oh, wait.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I know this is nitpicking, but they don't have a lead in the wild card race as the article states. They are even with Norfolk, and Norfolk has the advantage based on winning pct%.

      Still, quite impressive for Rochester to even being neck-and-neck with a playoff place.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by IdahoPilgrim View Post
      I know this is nitpicking, but they don't have a lead in the wild card race as the article states. They are even with Norfolk, and Norfolk has the advantage based on winning pct%.

      Still, quite impressive for Rochester to even being neck-and-neck with a playoff place.
      Ah, yes. You are correct.
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      Dont forget about the impendeing demotion of Diamond to add to the mix in AAA.
    1. Waverley Wildcat's Avatar
      Waverley Wildcat -
      Not only pitching rotation, infielders struggle to get 2 games in a row
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Quote Originally Posted by IdahoPilgrim View Post
      I know this is nitpicking, but they don't have a lead in the wild card race as the article states. They are even with Norfolk, and Norfolk has the advantage based on winning pct%.

      Still, quite impressive for Rochester to even being neck-and-neck with a playoff place.
      Fixed. Thanks for the catch.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Except now the Red Wings have a 1/2 game lead over Norfolk, who was postponed
    1. chuchadoro's Avatar
      chuchadoro -
      I had forgotten about Blackburn and actually got excited about him for a moment. I then realized how far my expectations have fallen in a few short years. Now I'm sad.
    1. twinstalker's Avatar
      twinstalker -
      I think Andrew Albers will be pitching for the Twins yet this season. I assume he's either on the 40 or needs to be placed there next year, so that's not an impediment (there are many candidates for DFA).
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