Manship optioned to Triple-A Rochester

Manship optioned to Triple-A Rochester

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins will continue to go with a six-man bullpen for the time being after optioning Jeff Manship to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

Manship was sent down to make room for Nick Blackburn, who was reinstated from the Family Medical Emergency List in time for his start against the Tigers.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he would have loved to have kept Manship to pitch out of the bullpen. But with the team needing three catchers on the roster right now while Joe Mauer works his way back from a deep soft tissue bruise on his left heel, the Twins can't keep seven relievers right now.

"He'll go back down and if he's throwing like he is right now, he'll probably be back up here again," Gardenhire said of Manship. "We'd honestly like to have him in our bullpen. I wish we didn't have to send him down because he's a perfect long guy, spot starter. But I don't have any room right now.

The Twins have been short one member of their bullpen since Saturday when Pat Neshek was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his right middle finger and the club called up catching prospect Wilson Ramos. They are expected to go with a six-man bullpen until Mauer is healthy enough to return.