Slowey to DL, Blackburn Called Up


A pain in his elbow and triceps has sent Kevin Slowey back to the DL. One start removed from 7 no hit innings, Slowey threw almost 70 pitches over 3 innings in the Twins loss today. He was placed on the DL after the game.

In his stead, Nick Blackburn is being called back up. Blackburn has 4 starts with AAA Rochester, and although he is averaging less than 6 innings per start, he has a 1.15 WHIP and a 2.91 RA/9. His groundball rate, just 51% in the majors, was 67% in Rochester. He also doubled his major league walk rate in Rochester. If his sinker is working, Blackburn has a chance to be an adequate major leaguer, but I am not betting a ton on it.