Twins put Thome and Kubel on 15-day disabled list

The Minnesota Twins put Jim Thome and Jason Kubel on the 15-day
disabled list Thursday, the latest injuries to beset the struggling
team.

The defending AL Central champions have the worst record in the
majors and eight players on the DL.

Thome strained his left quadriceps Wednesday night in a loss at
Detroit, and this will be his second stint on the DL this season.
The designated hitter has 593 career home runs.

Kubel leads the team with 30 RBIs and a .310 batting average. A
DH and outfielder, he sprained his left foot Monday against the
Tigers.

”We thought one, but not two,” manager Ron Gardenhire said
before the Twins played Kansas City. ”There’s not much we can do
about it. Other guys will have to step up. It’s not the same team
we thought we had in spring training. We’ll just have to find ways
to win with the guys we’ve got.”

The Twins recalled Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester and he was
immediately inserted into the lineup Thursday night in right field.
Revere, a 2007 first-round pick, hit .242 in 14 games earlier this
season with Minnesota. He hit .303 in 32 games with the Red
Wings.

Minnesota also recalled infielder Luke Hughes, who will join the
team in time for Friday night’s game in Kansas City. Hughes hit
.211 in 23 games earlier this season with the Twins.

The Twins have used the disabled list 13 times this season. AL
MVP Joe Mauer, starting pitchers Francisco Liriano and Kevin Slowey
and closer Joe Nathan are among those who have been sidelined.

”I don’t even count any more,” Gardenhire said. ”Injuries
happen in this game. Unfortunately, we’ve had quite a few. Right
now we’re looking for bench help. I lost two left-handed hitters
today. Some of these kids are not ready to come up here and sit on
the bench. There might be somebody in Triple-A who might be
ready.”

Thome and Kubel were sent to Minneapolis to be reevaluated by
the Twins’ doctors.

”We don’t have a time frame for them,” assistant trainer Dave
Pruemer said. ”We want to wait and see what our doctors say and go
from there.”