Twins call up three pitchers — Matt Fox to start tonight

By: Kelly Thesier/

MINNEAPOLIS — After having to use a total of eight pitchers in Thursday night’s 10-9 loss in 13 innings to the Tigers, the Twins have brought up some additional arms from Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins announced Friday that three pitchers will join the club in time for Friday’s game against the Rangers. Right-hander Matt Fox will get the start against Texas, after scheduled starter Nick Blackburn had to pitch in Thursday’s loss. The team will also have right-handed relievers Rob Delaney and Alex Burnett available out of the bullpen.

Fox, who will be making his Major League debut, is the somewhat surprise pick of the group. He was not on the 40-man roster but had been one of the best pitchers recently for Rochester. He’s moved back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen for the Red Wings this season, last pitching on Monday at Pawtucket. He pitched six innings in that start, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. He is 6-9 with a 3.95 ERA in 35 appearance (21 starts) for Rochester this season and is 2-2 with a 3.07 ERA in last 10 games (seven starts).

This is also the first call-up for Delaney. He is 7-9 with a 4.73 ERA in 61 appearances (80 innings) for the Red Wings this season.

Burnett will be rejoining the team after two stints with the club earlier this season. The right-hander was 1-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 35 appearances for the Twins this season.

To put Fox on the 40-man roster, the Twins transferred Justin Morneau to the 60-day disabled list. That isn’t necessarily a sign that Morneau’s season is officially over. He has been on the DL close to 60 days already so he can be added back to the roster if he proves to be ready sometime later this month.


What about Pat Neshek? Do you think that he could join the club again this year? I suspect he is healthy once again, ready to join the club. I’d like to see him up here.

Neshek is possible to be called up, but I doubt they’ll think about calling up Waldrop this year just because they’ll have to make a roster spot for him. However, I was shocked about Fox starting tonight so we’ll just have to wait to see what happens.

what about Kyle Waldrop and Pat Neshek? when are they gonna be called up?

Congratulations to Rob Delaney and best of luck to the Twins. I saw him pitch in the NECBL for the Vermont Mountaineers in the summer of 2005 while he was attending St. John’s. He is a great guy and a hard worker, so it is great he got called up!

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