Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 as the Twins' leadoff man on Monday, dropping his average to .205.
Dozier started off well after replacing Aaron Hicks in the leadoff spot, but now he's hitting .154 with two walks in 52 at-bats this month. The Twins should consider sending him down, but none of their minor league options are better bets.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday that Kyle Gibson, P.J. Walters, or Sam Deduno will be called up to start Friday against the Tigers.
The Twins optioned left-hander Pedro Hernandez to Triple-A Rochester on Monday, which immediately led to speculation that Gibson could get the call. The 25-year-old right-hander has a 3.25 ERA and 46/14 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings through eight starts this season in Triple-A. Even if the Twins opt for Walters or Deduno, it's just a matter of time before Gibson arrives.
Twins activated RHP Cole De Vries from the 15-day disabled list, optioned him to Triple-A Rochester.
De Vries is over his forearm ailment, but the Twins aren't ready to add him to the rotation yet. However, with much of their starting five struggling, it might only be a matter of time before he gets a shot.
Ryan Pressly allowed a run over two mop-up innings in Saturday's 12-5 loss against the Red Sox.
The Twins plucked Pressly from the Red Sox with the fourth pick in last winter's Rule 5 Draft. He posted a 5.38 ERA in 103 2/3 innings last season between High- and Double-A, but has been a pleasant low-leverage surprise for the Twins thus far, logging a 1.83 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 19 2/3 innings. His peripherals aren't good -- including a 13/10 K/BB rate -- and his ERA won't end anywhere close to where it is now, but owners in extremely deep AL-only leagues may want to take a look if they need an injury replacement in the 'pen.
Scott Diamond was hammered for six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Twins lost to the Red Sox on Saturday.
It was the second straight outing in which he allowed six runs. Diamond showed some very positive signs in his first two starts of May, but he has quickly fallen back to earth. The left-hander now has a 4.99 ERA and 1.44 ERA in 39 2/3 innings this season and is not relevant outside of deep AL-only fantasy leagues.