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Updated: June 16th, 2011 2:54pm
Twins option Chuck James, outright Brian Dinkelman to Rochester

Twins option Chuck James, outright Brian Dinkelman to Rochester

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer officially is back on the Minnesota Twins' roster. So is Glen Perkins.

The Twins optioned left-hander Chuck James and outrighted outfielder Brian Dinkelman to Triple-A Rochester after Thursday's win over the Chicago White Sox to make room for Mauer and Perkins, who will be available for Friday's series opener against San Diego.

The moves weren't surprising. The Twins already had three left-handers in the bullpen and couldn't option Phil Dumatrait, who is out of options.

"Too many lefties up here right now," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He did a super job for us."

James pitched five scoreless innings in his short stint with the club, striking out two and allowing only three baserunners.
"It is what it is," James said. We'll go down there and keep throwing and keep doing our thing. ...

"It's definitely bittersweet. Hopefully I just made a good enough impression to where if an opportunity does come I will be the guy."

The Twins also needed to clear a 40-man roster spot for Mauer, who was on the 60-day disabled list, and Dinkelman was a logical pick because the probability is low someone would claim him on waivers.

"Dinkelman did a super job up here," Gardenhire said. "He's a nice-looking player. By no means does this mean he's out of our plans, the organization. That means that he's back down there and if we need him again, we'll put him back on the roster and figure out another way."

They're also sticking with three catchers, although Gardenhire indicated that won't last for long. Rene Rivera and Drew Butera both have struggled at the plate.

"We were not going to take one of those catchers off the (40-man) roster," Gardenhire said. "So, here for a couple days, yes, we'll have three catchers, but we'll make a decision on that before we go on the next road trip."

The Twins play three at home against San Diego beginning on Friday, then depart for San Francisco after Monday's off day.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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