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Kevin Slowey placed on disabled list with shoulder strain

Apr 9, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

Kevin Slowey

According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, the Twins have placed Kevin Slowey on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. The 26-year-old right-hander was shut down after an appearance Monday with what Twins manager Ron Gardenhire initially called “biceps discomfort.”

Slowey was moved to the bullpen at the end of spring training after the final spot in the starting rotation was awarded to Scott Baker. He has allowed one run over 3 2/3 innings across his first three relief appearances this season while striking out three and walking one.

The Twins have called up Alex Burnett to take Slowey’s place on the active roster. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a 5.29 ERA and 37/23 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings with the Twins last season.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 9, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Optimism abounds for Twins fans early this season…

    *sigh*

  2. sometogethernow - Apr 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Seems like Slowey really can’t catch a break. He’s shown that he can be quite solid when healthy, but he’s so often not 100% healthy, and he’s also been put in a more marginal role than he deserves. At some point I guess staying healthy becomes another one of the “tools” a player relies on, or not.

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