Twins Friday: Walters to get Saturday start

P.J. Walters is the next in line for the Minnesota Twins’ starting rotation.

According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Walters will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to join the Twins and will start this weekend in Detroit. The 28-year-old right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in nine starts for the Red Wings this year.

Walters originally joined the Twins as a free agent prior to the 2012 season. He made 12 starts for Minnesota last year and was 2-5 with a 5.69 ERA. The Twins had an opening in the starting rotation after Vance Worley was optioned to Rochester on Wednesday. Walters and right-hander Kyle Gibson appeared to be the two logical options to replace Worley. In the end, Walters got the nod while Gibson continues to wait for his chance to make his major league debut.

Gibson even confirmed the news of Walter’s promotion on Twitter, tweeting: “Happy for @PJwalters39 on his call up! Go get em Saturday bud!!” Walters replied to Gibson by saying, “@kgib44 thanks bud I’m sure ill see you up there. Keep doin your thing.”

The Twins have yet to officially announce the move, but the announcement could likely come after Friday’s game. With Walters sliding into the Twins’ rotation on Saturday, that means right-hander Kevin Correia’s start will be pushed back. He was originally scheduled to start Saturday in Detroit but will now pitch Monday in Milwaukee. Mike Pelfrey will pitch in Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers.

Wood to 60-day DL: To make room for Friday’s starter, Samuel Deduno, on the 25-man roster, the Twins placed reliever Tim Wood (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list.

Wood has yet to pitch for the Twins this season, as he began the year on the disabled list. He has made 57 career relief appearances in the majors with Florida and Pittsburgh from 2009-11. Wood owns a career 4.50 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 33 walks in 58 innings.

In nine minor league games this season during his rehab assignment, Wood is 2-1 with an 8.68 ERA in 9-1/3 innings. Wood suffered a setback with his shoulder, making him eligible to be put on the 60-day DL.

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