Rain postpones Wednesday's Rox-Twins game

Santana, Berrios scheduled for starts in Thursday's split doubleheader

Rain postpones Wednesday's Rox-Twins game

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' scheduled game against the Rockies on Wednesday was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Thursday.

The game started in a delay, but after 28 minutes, it was officially postponed. The two clubs will play as originally scheduled at 12:10 p.m. CT on Thursday, and the makeup game will start at 6:10 p.m.

"The optimism never panned out," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It looks bad, actually. They thought it would be dry until 8 o'clock, but they didn't want to play three innings and then stop. It was too penal for both clubs."

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Right-handers Ervin Santana and German Marquez, who were scheduled to start on Wednesday, will start the first game on Thursday. They will be followed in Game 2 by Twins right-hander Jose Berrios, who was originally slated to start Thursday afternoon, and Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Additionally, the Twins will recall right-hander Drew Rucinski from Triple-A Rochester to be the club's 26th man in Game 2 of the twin bill.

It also means the Twins will need starters for Saturday against the Royals and Monday against the Orioles. Left-hander Adalberto Mejia was limited to three innings and 33 pitches for Rochester on Tuesday and is likely to be recalled to start either Saturday or Monday. Right-hander Kyle Gibson is also an option to be called up, unless the Twins decide to go with reliever Adam Wilk in a spot start. Wilk tossed 3 1/3 innings against the Indians on Sunday, throwing 62 pitches.

"The wheels are spinning," Molitor said. "We're trying to figure out our pitching the next few weeks. We need a starter on Thursday and now we need a sixth starter. We've gone with three and we know we need six. So we'll just play it out as it comes."

Fans holding tickets to Wednesday's postponed game have two options. They can use their tickets for admission into the rescheduled game or exchange their ticket for any future Twins regular-season game in 2017, subject to availability.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.