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Twins send pitcher Slowey to 15-day DL
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Twins send pitcher Slowey to 15-day DL

Published Apr. 9, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a strained throwing shoulder.

Slowey, who was moved from the rotation to the bullpen for the start of this season, felt some soreness in his right biceps while warming up against the Yankees on Monday.

He had an MRI exam on Friday that showed some tendinitis in his arm, but the Twins don't believe Slowey will be out long.

Slowey has made three appearances this season, and manager Ron Gardenhire said that the transition from starter to reliever may have contributed to his soreness. Slowey had been a starter in his first four seasons with the team but adapted a new routine in the bullpen.


''That's something Slowey is going to have to learn probably, to warm up a little better and take it a little easier rather than try to rush,'' Gardenhire said. ''A learning experience.''

Slowey wasn't ready to say that the warmup routine was the cause of his arm soreness.

''I'm certainly not a medical professional so asking me to figure out or extrapolate what caused it, I think, wouldn't be very fair for me to say what caused it,'' Slowey said. ''All I know is we got an MRI done and the doctors said they don't think it's anything serious. They do recommend taking some time and then going from there.''

The Twins recalled right-hander Alex Burnett from Triple-A Rochester to take Slowey's place in the bullpen.


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