Twins pitcher Cole De Vries likely out for season with cracked rib
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins right-hander Cole De Vries likely is out for the season with a cracked rib.
De Vries, 27, suffered the injury when a line drive struck him during his last start on Saturday.
He made his big-league debut with the Twins on May 24 and is 5-5 with a 4.11 earned-run average, 58 strikeouts and 18 walks over 87 2/3 innings this season.
At the moment, it appears as if Scott Diamond is the only pitcher on the Twins roster penciled into the 2013 rotation, but De Vries made a good impression over the past few months.
"I've definitely been thinking about that a little bit, and I feel good with the season that I had," De Vries said. "I think I showed well for myself, and I think I've put myself in a positive position with how the team has viewed me, and what to expect for next year. So I'm pleased. ...
"Just the confidence that I can compete and I can do well at this level. I think that's been the hardest thing for any rookie coming up, because there's that massive mental block with trying to get over the fact that this is the major leagues, this is what you're working your whole life for. And it's kind of one of those things that when you're actually here, you can really keep it in the back of your head for quite a while, 'Do I actually belong here?' I feel like I've kind of gotten over that, and I think that's the biggest positive."