Twins' bullpen in need of breather

Twins' bullpen in need of breather

ARLINGTON -- The Twins' bullpen has been through the ringer at Rangers Ballpark, as the starters have made brief appearances because of early-game struggles and an ejection. The club called up Kyle Waldrop on Friday to give the relief corps a fresh arm, but it still could use a lengthy outing from a starting pitcher.

The Twins turned to rookie Cole De Vries on Sunday. No pressure, right?

"We need a start," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game. "That really takes care of bullpens. Good starts."

Gardenhire said before Sunday's game that his bullpen is actually in OK shape. Alex Burnett won't pitch Sunday -- he went 2 2/3 in Saturday's 9-3 loss. Waldrop is iffy after going three innings Friday. Gardenhire said he'd have to see about Tyler Robertson, who went an inning Saturday.

"We're better today than we were [Saturday]," Gardenhire said.

Twins starters combined for 9 2/3 innings in the first three games of the series. That has taxed the relievers, who have combined to go 14 2/3 innings in three losses.