De Vries' arm fine, slated to start next Saturday

Twins right-hander removed from Friday's game with forearm tightness

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It turns out the tightness in Twins right-hander Cole De Vries' right forearm was nothing to worry about. The 28-year-old right-hander from Eden Prairie, Minn., will start next Saturday against the Orioles as scheduled.

"He'll be fine," general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. "He's not going to miss anything. After talking to the trainers, I wasn't too worried. [Taking him out of the game after three innings on Friday] was just precautionary. He'll throw his ordinary bullpen session, probably on Monday."

Ryan said, because of his extra rest, it's possible De Vries could be used out of the bullpen early in the week.

Ryan also confirmed that Liam Hendriks "has been penciled for Friday," giving the Twins a rotation of Vance Worley, Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey, Hendriks and De Vries, in that order.

Hendriks remained in Florida when the Twins broke camp on Saturday and will pitch in a Minor League Spring Training game Sunday. If all goes well, he will rejoin the team on Monday.

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.