Dobnak will start Saturday's game against the Rangers, Pierre Noujaim of Fox 9 Minneapolis reports. After working in long relief in his last appearance June 13, Dobnak will step back into the rotation as a replacement for Michael Pineda, who exited early in that same game due to forearm tightness. The Twins are hopeful that Pineda will only miss one turn through the rotation, so Dobnak could be headed back to the bullpen or to Triple-A St. Paul following Saturday's start. Since blanking Cleveland over six innings in a May 21 start, Dobnak has been blasted for 23 earned runs on 35 hits and six walks over 18.1 innings in his subsequent four outings.
Dobnak (finger) covered two innings out of the bullpen in Sunday's 14-3 loss to the Astros, giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out two. Due to bruising on one of his fingers, Dobnak was forced to pitch with a fake nail in his last start Wednesday against the Yankees. The right-hander still struggled to get a feel for his pitches in the outing, as he was crushed for eight runs on 11 hits -- including four long balls -- and three walks while lasting 4.2 innings. The Twins didn't specify after the outing that Dobnak would be moved to the bullpen, but that came to fruition when manager Rocco Baldelli said that the newly recalled Bailey Ober would get another start during the upcoming week. Though Dobnak faltered in his long-relief appearance Sunday, he may get another look in the rotation after all. MIchael Pineda (forearm) exited his start after 64 pitches, and he appears likely to require a trip to the injured list. Minnesota could turn to Dobnak to take the hill for Pineda's next start, which is tentatively set to come next weekend in Texas.
Dobnak pitched with a fake fingernail Wednesday against the Yankees, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Dobnak got a fake nail attached Wednesday to avoid a blister after ripping his real nail June 2. The righty said "My fingernail's completely bruised right now. It's almost like I can't finish my pitches" after Wednesday's outing and certainly showed, as he allowed eight runs on 11 hits, four of which were homers, in 4.2 innings. He also walked three batters and struck out none in the losing decision against the Yankees. It remains to be seen whether Dobnak will miss any time, or perhaps require a stay on the injured list.
Dobnak (1-5) allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three across 5.2 innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Orioles. Dobnak allowed at least one baserunner in every inning that he pitched, though he avoided major damage through his first four innings. That changed in the fifth frame when he surrendered a two-run homer to DJ Stewart. Since throwing six scoreless innings on May 21, Dobnak has allowed nine earned runs across 11.2 innings in his last two outings.
Dobnak (1-4) took the loss Friday, coughing up six runs on nine hits and a walk over six-plus innings as the Twins fell 8-3 to the Royals. He struck out three. The soft-tossing right-hander blanked Kansas City over four innings, but Dobnak got tagged for three runs in the fifth before allowing the first three batters in the seventh to reach base, all of whom came around to score after he'd gotten the hook. He's likely locked into a rotation spot while Kenta Maeda (groin) is sidelined, but Dobnak's 6.49 ERA and 19:6 K:BB through 26.1 innings this season are not encouraging.
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