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Twins place Scott Baker on disabled list, let Kevin Slowey out of doghouse

Aug 9, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

Kevin Slowey

Kevin Slowey has been in the Twins’ doghouse all season because he didn’t take well to becoming a reliever when demoted from the rotation during spring training, but after spending several months in the minors he’s back in Minnesota to replace the injured Scott Baker.

As expected, Baker was placed on the disabled list with ongoing elbow problems. Initially the Twins indicated that Anthony Swarzak would get the nod if a rotation replacement was needed, but instead they called up Slowey. His first start will come Sunday against the Indians.

I’ve criticized the Twins’ handling of Slowey, from choosing Nick Blackburn and Brian Duensing over him for rotation spots to tearing him down through the media when he reacted poorly to the prospect of becoming a reliever after four successful seasons as a starter. With that said, it’s good to see them finally giving him another chance. For whatever faults Slowey has and however much blame he deserves for the negative situation, he’s a 27-year-old with a 4.42 ERA as a starter and the Twins can use the help.

Slowey was one of the Twins’ five best starters back in March and he’s one of the Twins’ five best starters now. Of course, if he pitches well in place of Baker the Twins would surely listen to trade offers on Slowey.

  1. svartsven - Aug 9, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    You’ve got to wonder if this was more of a Bill Smith decision than a Gardenhire decision.

  2. Kevin S. - Aug 9, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Free Kevin Slowey!

    Why do I see the Jays acquiring him for John Macdonald this offseason?

    • Kevin S. - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      Just to head off any possible confusion, I am not actually Kevin Slowey.

      • The Personality Club - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:41 PM

        It would be cool, either way! Although he’s probably out dancing in the streets…errr – Or playing in a chess tournament – – – in the streets!

  3. The Personality Club - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    I’m gonna mark Sunday down as a “game to keep track of.” As weird as this may seem, and especially because Milwaukee has been absolutely terrible against him in the past, I’ve always liked him.

    It’s funny, though, how someone can get the “he’s sort of like Maddux” accolades. While this is never fair to the pitcher, I’d have to say I was always checking to see when his starts were.

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