--LHP Dusty Hughes was sent back to Class AAA Rochester after Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Angels to make room for LHP Jose Mijares, who was set to be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's game at Detroit. Mijares has been on the DL since May 15 with a left elbow strain.
--DH Jim Thome had a cortisone shot in his sore left shoulder on Saturday, and Twins trainer Rick McWane said it was unlikely Thome would be available Sunday. He did not play. Thome just returned from the DL with a strained muscle in his back on May 23.
--LHP Francisco Liriano reported improvement in his sore left shoulder on Sunday after an MRI showed inflammation in the area on Saturday. Liriano missed his scheduled start on Saturday because of the injury and if he can't throw his scheduled bullpen on Tuesday he will miss his next scheduled start as well, trainer Rick McWane said.
--RHP Joe Nathan has inflammation in his right forearm, an MRI revealed. The Twins placed Nathan on the DL after Saturday's game. The team spoke with Dr. David Altchek, the surgeon who performed Nathan's Tommy John procedure last March and Altchek assured them such inflammation is not uncommon.
"(Altheck) said that's a very common area for guys who have problems to get some inflammation and some soreness in that area," trainer Rick McWane said. "As I said before, that's where they split the muscle to go in and perform the surgery, so he's got some scar tissue in there. He said particularly that guys who really work hard in their rehab -- the guys who really get after it, which Joe did -- are more susceptible to having this problem for some reason or another, than guys that don't."
--LHP Chuck James was called up after Saturday's game to replace RHP Joe Nathan on the 25-man roster. James was 1-1 with a 1.57 ERA (28 2/3 innings pitched, five earned runs) in 19 appearances for Class AAA Rochester this season. To make room for James on the 40-man roster, the Twins had to place INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka on the 60-day DL. Nishioka is now eligible to come off the DL on June 7.
BY THE NUMBERS
755 -- Number of consecutive games the Twins had won when leading by five or more runs in the eighth inning before blowing a 5-0 lead to lose 6-5 to the Angels on Friday night. That 755-0 streak, according to Elias Sports Bureau, was the longest of its kind in major league baseball history.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Harmon's body is at rest in his hometown of Payette, (Idado), his soul is at peace in that big ballpark in the sky, but his heart will always be here in Minnesota." -- Harmon Killebrew's widow, Nita Killebrew, during the public memorial service for the Hall of Famer at Target Field on May 26. Killebrew passed away on May 17 at 74, of esophageal cancer.
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