It didn’t take long for the 2013 Minnesota Twins to have an injury claim a member of their starting rotation. Unfortunately for the staff, Cole De Vries was the first regular season victim. De Vries now joins Samuel Deduno and Scott Diamond on the disabled list, as the team’s pitching depth continues to dwindle.
It was unfortunate to see De Vries succumb to injury after he battled his way toward earning a rotation spot out of spring training for the Twins. De Vries still is suffering from tightness in his forearm and after his most recent bullpen session, De Vries felt the forearm tighten up after he threw a curveball. With his curveball, arguably, being his best pitch, it wasn’t a surprise that the team placed De Vries on the disabled list until the right hander is fully healthy and able to contribute.
In his place, the Twins have opted to call up left hander Pedro Hernandez to fill in while De Vries remains on the disabled list. Hernandez was acquired last season in the Francisco Liriano trade with the Chicago White Sox and has a career 0-1 record with a 18.00 ERA over four innings. Hernandez figures to be a short-term replacement for the Twins as they hope Diamond can come off the disabled list in the coming days, as long as his next rehab start goes smoothly. The team also has Deduno preparing to come off the disabled list in the near future and De Vries may be back sooner, rather than later as well.
Hernandez will be given a chance to showcase his talents during his one start against the Baltimore Orioles, but it will take a lot more than holding the Orioles in check for him to keep his spot in the majors for an extended stay. Hopefully, De Vries can recover soon and rejoin the rotation because the Twins are off to an optimistic start and it would be a shame to see their optimism crushed by injury yet again this season.
When healthy, De Vries can provide the Twins with legitimate innings out of the rotation and put them in a chance to succeed. It will now be up to Hernandez to pick up the slack that is being left by De Vries. Hopefully for the Twins’ sake, there isn’t much of a drop off.