When Glen was sent down to Rochester at the beginning of the season, someone mentioned that if he stayed in the minors for more than 20 days, his next arrival to the majors would mean that he would have to stay with the Twins for the season, or be offered thru waivers, and probably claimed by another team.
Well, the Twins had Condrey go down. It gave Pat Neshek a chance to come north and start the season with the team. Burnett also made the roster, but was quickly repalced by the veteran Mahay when he showed some quickness in getting ready to pitch again and draw the major llague salary.
Then Mijares goes down, and maybe he should've gone down to get into shape earlier, but now that he is injured he can collect his major league salary for a couple of weeks while nursing a sore arm. The Twin brought back Burnett.
But is Neshek ready to stay? Should he be disabled? WIll he be disabled? Who will replace him? (On a personal note, I'm the biggest Pat Neshek fan in the world, but do wonder if it would've been better to allow him to get all the kinks out of his system by spending a month or so at Rochester, or even Ft. Myers pitching in the sun).
And now Blackburn is...lame, so to speak. Hopefully just pushing back his start (with a couple of open dates in the next few weeks, always a nice thing).
But looks like the Twins are trying very hard to find a place for Perkins in the majors. Swarzak is out with a broken ankle. Manship is always a possibility. You have Van Mil, also disabled. Delaney is the other guy on the 40-man. So suddenly the pickin's start to look slim.
Of course if Blackburn has to be repalced in the rotation, I would hope Duensing gets the call and...Perkins...would work long relief.
But seems to me it would be the opportunity the Twins need, right now, to bring up Perkins to be the long-guy out of the bullpen, and by doing it today, or tomorrow, they could still send him back out on options...or, so I'm led to believe.