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07/22/09 8:59 PM ET
Slowey to begin rehab stint
Twins righty to throw for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey threw another bullpen session on Wednesday morning to test his strained right wrist before catching a flight to join Triple-A Rochester for the start of his Minor League rehab stint. Manager Ron Gardenhire said that Slowey's wrist didn't feel as good as it did in Monday's session, but that Slowey is still scheduled to start for Rochester on Saturday. It's now likely that Slowey will make more than one start for Rochester based on the way his wrist felt while throwing on Wednesday. The Twins want to make sure that Slowey, who was placed on the disabled list on July 4, can pitch without too much discomfort in his wrist before activating him. "Now that it didn't feel good, it will really be interesting to see how it feels after [the first start]," Gardenhire said. "I told him, 'Don't do anything silly. If your wrist starts bothering you to where you change something, you have to come out of the game and tell them. Pitching through pain is one thing but don't hurt yourself or hurt your shoulder or hurt your elbow trying to do something.'" Slowey, who is 10-3 with a 4.86 ERA, had been battling soreness in his wrist since the start of the season, but it didn't affect his pitching until his final start before he was put on the DL. Gardenhire said that Slowey has a bone chip in the wrist, which is likely the cause of his discomfort, but the skipper said that he knows of no plan to remove the chip. "Like everyone that has thrown a baseball, you have bone chips," Gardenhire said. "That's everywhere -- elbows and everything. This is in his wrist. Eventually they'll probably have to take it out."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.