Twins likely to add at least one starter to rotation

Twins likely to add at least one starter to rotation

KANSAS CITY -- With the roster additions of Esmerling Vasquez and P.J. Walters on Saturday, the Twins are considering expanding their starting rotation to more than the traditional five.

"We're in a good situation if we want to do that and give them a better look, give some of these younger guys the ability to monitor their innings, [Scott] Diamond specifically, but there's a few others," Twins executive VP and general manager Terry Ryan said. "Most of these guys that are in the rotation have not approached some of the areas that we're involved in now. This is one opportunity where you can go to a six-man or even a seven-man if you deemed it necessary.

"We're bringing up a couple starting pitchers, Vasquez and Walters, and ... we're certainly interested in how they respond. We know a lot more about Walters up here than Vasquez. We can do that if we want to. We have that type of flexibility. That's not what we want to do, but that's the position we're in."

Vasquez is already penciled in to make the start on Sunday in the series finale against the Royals. The right-hander was converted from a reliever to a starter in Triple-A this season. Manager Ron Gardenhire mentioned that he'd also like Walters to remain a starting pitcher, which he has been since joining the Twins this season.

"We'd like to start [Walters]. That's what he was doing before. That's what he's used to," Gardenhire said. "We'll figure that all out, go with a six-man rotation, seven, whatever. That's what we'll do, but first we'll talk to the pitchers and let them know where we're at."