MINNEAPOLIS -- Liam Hendriks may start for the Twins next weekend.
Thursday's optioning of Cole De Vries to Triple-A Rochester left a vacant spot in the Twins' rotation. Monday's off-day means they don't have to find an immediate replacement, but the Twins are currently without a scheduled starter for their home game against Milwaukee on Saturday.
Hendriks appears the mostly likely candidate after another impressive outing for Rochester on Saturday, with 8 2/3 shutout innings against Indianapolis, allowing just three hits while striking out 10.
"Hendriks threw the ball really well last night," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "The outfielders did not field a ball. I don't know if I've ever heard that before. That's pretty good."
Hendriks struggled in four starts with Minnesota earlier this season, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA. The right-hander has rebounded since being sent back to Rochester, posting a 5-0 record and a 1.90 ERA in seven starts.
"He was lost," Gardenhire said. "The last outing that he had up here, he was screaming at himself in the dugout. He needed to take it easy. Go down and get some confidence. Right now, it sounds like he got it."
Gardenhire also mentioned Jeff Manship as a candidate to start. The 27-year-old has allowed one run over 3 1/3 innings in three relief appearances for the Twins. De Vries is not eligible to return Saturday because the Twins must wait at least 10 days after sending him down to call him back to the Major League roster.
"We don't know yet for sure," Gardenhire said. "We were just talking about possibilities."