Pelfrey to DL, Hernandez gets spot start, now Gibson up 24 Jun 13

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain (retroactive to June 19).  Pelfrey was scheduled to start today in Cleveland.

To replace Pelfrey on the 25-man roster, the Twins have recalled left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Rochester.  Hernandez went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (26. IP, 13 ER) over five appearances (four starts) with the Red Wings.  This will be Hernandez’ second stint with the Twins this season after going 2-1 with a 5.85 ERA (32.1 IP, 21 ER) over eight appearances (six starts).  Hernandez will start today for the Twins in Cleveland.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced following today’s game that they have optioned left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandezto Triple-A.  Hernandez made a spot start in Cleveland today for the injured Mike Pelfrey (back strain). He earned the win as he pitched 5.0 innings allowing two runs on three hits with six walks and two strikeouts.

To replace Hernandez on the 25-man roster, the Twins will recall right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.  Gibson will join the team in Miami and is scheduled to start for the Twins on Saturday at Target Field vs. the Kansas City Royals. In 15 starts for the Red Wings, Gibson went 7-5 with a 3.01 ERA (92.2 IP, 31 ER) with 79 strikeouts and 28 walks.

Gibson, who was originally drafted by the Twins in the first round (22nd overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player draft, will wear uniform number 44.