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


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


”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


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


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.”