CLEVELAND -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday that he still expects his team to reduce its pitching staff from 13 to 12 following Thursday's game in Cleveland. But a question remains of just which position player will be added to the roster. Brian Buscher, who had been limited to designated-hitter duty recently due to patellar tendinitis, was back at third base Tuesday night for Triple-A Rochester and hit a home run in the club's 14-2 victory.
Gardenhire said that Buscher reported to be feeling OK after the game, but he was still expected to see the doctor to make sure the knee was doing fine. Despite Buscher's injury, he appears to be the favorite to get the promotion. Rochester infielder Howie Clark, who has a strained rib cage muscle, was also a possibility, but he is not expected to be ready to play for five days. "We'll just have to wait and see more news on all the options we have to bring in here," Gardenhire said. Exactly which pitcher will be cut is also not yet known. Right-hander Juan Rincon, who appears to be the most likely candidate, was suffering from a bit of a stiff neck Wednesday. Gardenhire said the pitcher had received treatment and felt better. But the skipper planned on waiting to see how Rincon felt playing catch before determining whether the right-hander was available for Wednesday's game.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.