The strange case of Kevin Slowey continued Tuesday when Twins doctors failed to find anything wrong with his abdomen, which the right-hander says is bothering him. So instead of sending Slowey to Class AAA to start some games, the Twins are waiting on a second opinion.
"A lot of phone calls made looking for a hernia doctor," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's all I know."
Until this season, Slowey had been a starter almost exclusively, with only four relief appearances in 86 career games (39-21 record, 4.43 ERA). But he started this season in the bullpen and has been miserable ever since. He pitched in three of the team's first four games and came down with a shoulder ailment that resulted in a stint on the disabled list and a stint in extended spring training.
After being reinstated May 6, Slowey made three appearances before complaining of pain in his abdomen last weekend during the team's interleague series in Arizona. At the same time, he essentially told the Twins to start him or trade him.
Overall this season, Slowey has no decisions and a 4.91 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.
If Slowey ultimately is determined to be healthy enough to pitch, he will be sent to Class AAA Rochester to get some innings under his belt. That would allow the Twins to bring up a pitcher willing to throw out of the bullpen and allow Slowey to improve his meager trade value.
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