Rauch looks set for roster after workout

Rauch looks set for roster after workout

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins reliever Jon Rauch threw a bullpen session on Monday morning, with pitching coach Rick Anderson watching, and reported afterward that everything felt good with his sore left knee.

Manager Ron Gardenhire also said that Rauch was doing "fine" after the bullpen session, but that the club would wait to announce which pitchers will be on the club's postseason roster. Gardenhire said the team had one more pitching move to make and indicated that the decision had already been made.

"I was looking for one of the pitchers to let them know in the clubhouse, and I couldn't find him," Gardenhire said. "So we'll make that move and let them know. Then we'll let you know [Wednesday]."

Gardenhire confirmed that his team is keeping 11 pitchers and 14 position players, and will go with a four-man rotation of Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing and Nick Blackburn for the American League Division Series, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT Wednesday on TBS.

Kevin Slowey appeared to have the edge in the race for the long-relief spot in the bullpen, having pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday against the Blue Jays. Scott Baker was also an option, but the concern has been how his right elbow might fare in a relief role, since he's received two cortisone shots this season to ease tendinitis.

The other members of the bullpen include left-handers Jose Mijares and Brian Fuentes and right-handers Matt Capps, Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier and Rauch. The team had also been waiting to make a final decision on the pitching staff to see how Rauch, who had his left knee drained of fluid and received a cortisone shot, fared when throwing his bullpen on Tuesday.

The 14 position players that the Twins will keep appear set. In addition to the club's starters, Gardenhire said that he wants speed and flexibility on his roster. So, it's likely that infielders Nick Punto, Alexi Casilla and Matt Tolbert will all be on the bench, along with outfielder Jason Repko and catcher Drew Butera.