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Updated: April 9th, 2011 12:16pm
Kevin Slowey placed on 15-day DL; Twins recall Alex Burnett

Kevin Slowey placed on 15-day DL; Twins recall Alex Burnett

by Phil Mackey
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Dealing with a case of biceps tendinitis, as manager Ron Gardenhire described it on Friday, Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

A press release sent out by the team listed Slowey's injury as a "shoulder strain."

To take his place on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled right-hander Alex Burnett from Triple-A Rochester.

Slowey has made three appearances out of the bullpen so far this season, allowing one earned run on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out three. Slowey's last appearance came on April 4 in New York. Shortly after, he complained of some biceps discomfort.

"We're not going to take any chances with this kid's arm," Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN prior to Friday's game. "And if he can't do it out of the bullpen, we're going to have to flip a coin. I don't know where you go from there."

Burnett, 23, pitched 47 2/3 innings of relief for the Twins in 2010, posting a 5.29 ERA with 37 strikeouts, 23 walks and six home runs allowed. In his lone Triple-A appearance this season so far, Burnett retired the only batter he faced on Thursday night in Pawtucket.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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