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Updated: June 7th, 2012 9:53pm
Twins don't need fifth starter yet, but Liam Hendriks could be next up

Twins don't need fifth starter yet, but Liam Hendriks could be next up

by Phil Mackey
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Three days after earning his first career major league win, Cole De Vries was sent back to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.

The move shouldn't come as a surprise. For one, the Minnesota Twins had an off day Thursday and another one on Monday, which means they don't need a fifth starter until Saturday, June 16 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Plus, some Twins decision-makers were skeptical about De Vries' ability to have sustained success with his current pitch repertoire.

De Vries pitched exactly five innings in each of his three starts, posting a 4.20 ERA with nine strikeouts, six walks and four home runs allowed. Five of those walks came in his outing against the Oakland A's on May 29.

De Vries last pitched on Monday, which is also the day Liam Hendriks last pitched for Rochester. In that outing, Hendriks struck out eight and walked only one in seven scoreless innings, lowering his Triple-A ERA to 2.39 over 37 2/3 innings.

The word on Hendriks prior to Monday was that he still needed to work more aggressively in the strike zone. People in the Twins front office were saying Hendriks was getting away with mistakes in Rochester that he wasn't in the major leagues.

With his strong outing Monday Hendriks could be the next starter called up.

Carl Pavano (shoulder) is eligible to come off the disabled list before the end of the aforementioned Milwaukee series, but it's unlikely he'll be ready by then.

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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In this story: Liam Hendriks, Carl Pavano