After latest rocky start, Kevin Correia will remain in Twins rotation
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have a handful of starters knocking on the door at Triple-A Rochester and a pitcher in the Majors who has been largely ineffective this season, who was hit hard again Thursday, and is in the final year of a contract that pays him $5.5 million this season.
Kevin Correia will stay in the rotation, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.
"Kevin's one of our starters. Paid good money to do that and he's still going to get paid no matter so he's one of our starters," Gardenhire said, after Correia allowed five earned runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, in five innings.
"We need him to be a little more consistent but he's one of our starters right now."
Correia is now 2-7 with a 6.11 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 66 1/3 innings pitched. He has 37 strikeouts and 14 walks, and opponents are hitting .321 against him.
"The guys in Triple-A have had their ups and downs, too. They've had some good starts and some bad starts and believe me, we know where they're at," Gardenhire said.
Trevor May, who joined the Twins organization as part of the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies, has pitched exceptionally well in Rochester. He threw six innings Thursday and allowed three earned runs, walked a pair and struck out nine. This season for the Red Wings, he has a 2.89 ERA, and 55 strikeouts in 56 innings, compared to just 24 walks. Opponents are hitting .176 off the 6-foot-5 righty.
Alex Meyer also has pitched well for the Red Wings. He owns a 3.65 ERA, with 67 strikeouts and 27 walks in 56 2/3 innings.
Yohan Pino has a 1.65 ERA with 47 strikeouts and 12 walks in 49 innings.
Lefty Kris Johnson has a 2.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 25 walks in 59 innings. Lefty Logan Darnell has a 2.58 ERA and 47 strikeouts and 16 walks in 45 1/3 innings. Johnson and Darnell each have had a brief stint with the Twins this season.
We're into June, so this doesn't seem like a case where the Twins are trying to hold a player back to limit service time. The only pitcher a team would worry about that with, most likely, is Meyer.