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Updated: June 14th, 2012 1:54pm
Twins place P.J. Walters on 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation

Twins place P.J. Walters on 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Twins on Thursday placed P.J. Walters on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, one day after the right-hander left his start against Philadelphia without recording an out.

Walters' spot on the 25-man roster was filled late Wednesday night, when the Twins promoted Lester Oliveros from Triple-A Rochester.

Walters left Wednesday's game after only 15 pitches. The Twins said Walters had trouble getting loose in his pre-game bullpen session, and the plan was for him to undergo an MRI on Thursday.

After watching Walters load the bases with nobody out then give up an RBI single to Jim Thome, manager Ron Gardenhire came to the mound for an unusual first-inning visit. The skipper appeared to tell Walters he was going to take him out of the game, and Walters looked as if he was trying to talk Gardenhire into allowing him to pitch.

Gardenhire then signaled for trainer Dave Pruemer, and moments later he and Walters walked off the mound and back to the dugout. Jeff Manship took over in relief.

"You never want to leave the field like that," Walters said after the game. "You always want to be healthy and help the team and the last thing you want to do is have the bullpen throw nine innings. The offense puts up eight runs and we lose. That's pretty much about as bad as you could have drawn it up."

Oliveros, 24, owns a 2.70 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 12 walks in 36 2/3 innings between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester this season.

He was acquired by the Twins as the player to be named later in the Delmon Young deal last summer.

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