Notes: Twins in need of third catcher

Notes: Twins in need of third catcher

KANSAS CITY -- After Mike Redmond went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs Saturday afternoon, it was obvious the backup catcher was going to be back in the lineup for Sunday's game as the designated hitter.

Sunday's game marks the fifth straight with Redmond and Joe Mauer in the lineup together, which creates a bit of uneasiness for manager Ron Gardenhire.

"That's why we started with three catchers, so you don't have to worry about that," Gardenhire said.

When the season began, the Twins kept catcher Chris Heintz on the 25-man roster to serve as the team's third catcher. But, with injuries and some early-season pitching struggles, the Twins sent Heintz to Triple-A Rochester, leaving Redmond and Mauer as the team's two catchers.

Gardenhire said utility infielder Luis Rodriguez would handle the catching duties in an emergency. In his 147 games in the big leagues, Rodriguez has never been behind the plate.

Gardenhire will have to make a decision soon whether or not the team will recall a third catcher or stick with the current roster. The Twins are currently carrying 12 pitchers on the roster after they recalled right-hander Glen Perkins from Triple-A.

"We'll play it by ear," Gardenhire said. "We talked about getting another player up here with all the guys beat up.

"If Redmond keeps swinging, I'd sure like to get a third catcher up here."

Injury update: Further complicating the catcher situation is the uncertainty surrounding a couple of injured players in second baseman Luis Castillo and outfielder Rondell White.

Castillo was out of Sunday's lineup for the third straight game with a sore left quadriceps and White is eligible to return from the DL, but he is still inactive because he isn't at 100 percent yet.

The team is currently carrying five outfielders and Gardenhire is reluctant to send one of them down because he doesn't know how effective White will be once he returns from the DL and how often he'll be able to play.

"I don't know if I need all those outfielders," Gardenhire said. "But, I don't know how often [White] will be able to play, so you have to protect yourself in the outfield a little bit."

Castillo's status hadn't changed since Saturday. He received treatment before the game and was going to ride the bike for the second straight day.

"Castillo is still day-to-day, obviously," Gardenhire said. "That's not going to change until I put him in the lineup, then it won't be day-to-day anymore.

Sunday's outfield featured two mainstays with Torii Hunter in center field and Michael Cuddyer in right field, and Jason Rabe got the call in left field. It's Rabe's first time in the lineup in the Kansas City series.

Gardy scared to look: A day after the Twins had some adventures on the basepaths and had a player thrown out at every base, Gardenhire was still having some fun at his players' expense.

"I'm scared to go out there," Gardenhire joked. "I don't know what's going to happen out there today."

No BP: As Gardenhire was finishing talking to reporters before the game on Sunday, a chant broke out in the Twins clubhouse. Hunter was parading around the clubhouse chanting, "No BP, no BP."

The weather before Sunday's game was less than desirable, with a lot of clouds in the sky and rain threatening. Gardenhire was happy to comply and gave in to Hunter's request. The team hit in the indoor batting cages before the game, making Hunter and the rest of the Twins happy.

Down on the farm: Triple-A Rochester beat Syracuse on Saturday, 5-2. Jeremy Cummings started for Rochester and pitched four shutout innings, striking out eight and allowing three hits. Cummings has allowed just one run in 11 innings this season and has struck out 15. Denard Span led the way offensively for Rochester, going 3-for-5 with a double and one run scored. ... Double-A New Britain lost to Connecticut, 10-0. Jesse Floyd got the start and didn't last long, throwing just 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and walking three. ... Class A Fort Myers beat Tampa, 2-1, behind a strong performance from starter Kyle Waldrop. Waldrop went seven innings and gave up one run and struck out six, lowering his ERA to 2.11. ... Class A Beloit got blanked by Lansing, 4-0. Jose Lugo took the lost, his first of the season.

Coming up: The Twins will return home after a six-game road trip to take on division foe Cleveland for a two-game series. Carlos Silva will take the mound for Minnesota, while left-hander Jeremy Sowers will pitch for Cleveland in the 7:10 p.m. CT contest.

Daniel Berk is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.