Herrmann behind plate in first Major League start

Herrmann behind plate in first Major League start

CLEVELAND -- Chris Herrmann often served as Liam Hendriks' catcher during their ascension through the Twins' farm system.

Entering Wednesday's start, Hendriks was winless in 13 outings for the Twins. Perhaps Herrmann's presence behind the plate will change things. Manager Ron Gardenhire penciled Herrmann into his lineup for Wednesday's tilt against the Indians, the catcher's first career Major League start.

"He's caught Hendriks through the Minor Leagues a bunch," Gardenhire said. "I want to get him in a game. I don't want him to come up here and sit. He's earned that."

The Twins promoted Herrmann to the big league club on Friday. He played the final two innings of a 9-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday. In 127 games with Double-A New Britain this season, Herrmann hit .276 with 10 homers and 61 RBIs.

"He can hit," Gardenhire said. "I've seen him in Spring Training. I don't worry about him. I want to get him in a ballgame."