De Vries excited for Thursday's debut

De Vries excited for Thursday's debut

CHICAGO -- Cole De Vries got the news he had been waiting for his entire life on Monday.

The hard part? The right-hander couldn't tell anyone.

De Vries, a Minnesota native, was at Triple-A Rochester when manager Gene Glynn told him he was going to be promoted to the Majors the next day. Glynn also told De Vries he couldn't tell his teammates until after the game.

"So I'm sitting there just about having a heart attack because I'm so excited and he tells me that. I'm like, 'What? What am I supposed to do?'" De Vries said Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field. "He's like, 'I don't care, you just have to sit here for a few minutes, calm down and go back out there and try to go through everything like it's normal.'"

De Vries was finally able to tell his teammates, friends and family Monday night and joined the Twins on Tuesday afternoon in Chicago, where they were set to begin a three-game series against the White Sox. De Vries, 27, will make his Major League debut in Thursday's series finale.

De Vries was 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA, allowing 47 hits with seven walks and 37 strikeouts in eight starts for Rochester and said he's ironed out a few small mechanical adjustments after his first couple of outings.

It's been a long road for De Vries, a 2003 graduate of Eden Prairie High School who pitched at the University of Minnesota before being signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in August 2006. On Thursday, he'll make his Major League debut in front of a group of about 10 family and friends who plan to arrive in Chicago on Wednesday evening.

"I just can't say enough about how great this moment is for myself," De Vries said. "Just with all the hard work I've put in, this being my sixth year of pro ball and finally getting my opportunity is unbelievable. It really is."