Twins Sunday: Swarzak in, Robertson out
APR 07, 2013 12:36p ET
Swarzak, 27, has spent three seasons in the majors with Minnesota and pitched in a career-high 44 games last season, including five games as a spot starter. He had a 5.03 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 31 walks in 96-2/3 innings. Because of his rib injury, Swarzak did not appear in a Grapefruit League game this spring. He'll be used out of the bullpen with the Twins.
Additionally, left-hander Tyler Robertson was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Saturday's win in Baltimore. The 25-year-old lefthander pitched in two games so far this season and allowed just one run but gave up a grand slam in relief Friday on the first pitch to Chris Davis in the Twins' 9-5 loss. Robertson entered the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning and the score tied.
This spring, Robertson had a 7.82 ERA after allowing 11 runs in 12-2/3 innings (11 games). He made his major league debut last season with the Twins and pitched in 40 games with a 5.40 ERA out of the bullpen.
Left-hander Pedro Hernandez, who was officially recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday morning to replace the injured Cole De Vries (forearm), made his first start as a Twin and just his second major league start of his career on Sunday. Hernandez went five innings and gave up three runs on four hits, including a two-run home run to Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy.
Swarzak also made his 2013 debut Sunday, pitching 1-1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, walked one batter and recorded one strikeout in the Twins' 4-3 series-clinching win.
The Twins have now won two straight three-game series to start the season, winning two out of three against both Detroit and Baltimore, to begin the year 4-2 overall. Last season, Minnesota didn't win its second three-game series until May 19 after beating Milwaukee in two straight games.
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