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Twins recalling Liam Hendriks to replace Nick Blackburn

Aug 21, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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Nick Blackburn was dumped from the Twins’ rotation yesterday after being the worst pitcher in baseball for the past three seasons and today Minnesota recalled 23-year-old Liam Hendriks from Triple-A to replace him.

Hendriks has been awful in his first couple stints as a big leaguer, going 0-7 with a 6.71 ERA in 12 starts while serving up 13 homers in 62 innings.

However, his minor-league track record is solid and includes a 2.20 ERA in 16 starts at Triple-A this year. His strikeout-to-walk ratio there is considerably less impressive at 82-to-28 in 106 innings, but Hendriks projects as a mid-rotation starter long term and the last-place Twins might as well see if he’ll be ready for a full-time rotation spot next season.

Hendriks will start tomorrow against the A’s, in Oakland.

  1. mntreehugger - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    The fact that Hendriks is an improvement is depressing.

    • spudatx - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Hendriks has definitely has the potential to be a solid contributor in the rotation once he matures. I try to lay off the criticisms with the guy given how quickly he was rushed through the system. He clearly wasn’t ready for that.

      • mntreehugger - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Wasn’t intended to be knock on Hendriks, but more the state of affairs throughout the organization. I agree that he has the ability to be a mid-rotation contributor if he is allowed to mature. But, I’m losing faith in this organization to be able to develop young players and keep them on the field.

      • spudatx - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        I got ya. I too am depressed at times watching the Twins pitching, but I feel like there is some real hope out there if we can look at the positives from the 2011 and 2012 seasons. DeVries pitched pretty well last night, Deduno has had a good run late this season, Diamond is terrific this year. With guys like Hendriks, Gibson, etc all coming up too, it seems we could be in good shape if even half of them can stick and contribute in a meaningful way. Going into next year, you figure they need to sign a vet to anchor the rotation rather than leave it to a band of rookies. (Or, maybe that would be a fun social experiment?) I’m not sure Pavano is going to be their first pick if he proves to not be all that healthy. With so much $$ rolling off the books this year, they have the potential to bring in a mid-level name… a guy like Bedard might prove the sort of option Pavano was a few years ago. For the most part, he worked out well.

  2. Kanonen80 - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    On Blackburn: About.Damn.Time.

    Nothing against Nick as a person, but it seems like he just hasn’t been right after some injuries and has been a black hole in the rotation.

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