Walters to DL after exiting with shoulder pain
Twins recall Oliveros to supplement depleted bullpen
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander P.J. Walters left his start against the Phillies on Wednesday after facing just four batters because of pain and stiffness in his right shoulder, and the Twins placed the righty on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday after an MRI exam revealed inflammation.
The Twins recalled reliever Lester Oliveros from Triple-A Rochester after the game because of their depleted bullpen. Oliveros has a combined 2.70 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings split between Double-A New Britain and Rochester this season.
Walters gave up four straight hits to Jimmy Rollins, Juan Pierre, Hunter Pence and Jim Thome before he was met at the mound by manager Ron Gardenhire during the 9-8 loss. Gardenhire was then joined by trainer Dave Pruemer, and the decision was made to remove Walters from the game.
Walters told the training staff he had trouble getting loose before the game and that his shoulder was bothering him. But Gardenhire said they had no indication Walters had problems with his shoulder until they saw his fastball in the low 80s to start the game.
"When I went out there he said he was fine, but I told him, 'You're not fine. You're throwing 80 mph,'" Gardenhire said. "He was trying to save our bullpen. Finally he told me he had a sore shoulder. But no one knew about it. He never said anything."
Right-hander Jeff Manship came in and allowed both inherited runners to score, as he served up a three-run homer to John Mayberry later in the inning.
Walters was credited with allowing four runs on four hits without recording an out. He threw 15 pitches, 10 for strikes.
"I was stiff and just couldn't get it going," Walters said. "Guys pitch through that all the time, but today it just wasn't going to loosen up. I've never missed a start before. Obviously, I don't think I'll be throwing in five days, but hopefully it's no big deal."
With an off-day on Monday, the Twins don't need a fifth starter until June 23. Right-hander Liam Hendriks remains the favorite to be recalled from Rochester in time to start against the Brewers on Saturday.
Upon review, Willingham's hit streak lives
MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Willingham's hit streak is alive again after an overturned play.
Willingham reached base in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Cubs on a ground ball to third baseman Ian Stewart. Originally ruled an error, the play was reviewed by Major League Baseball, which ruled it a hit for Willingham.
The outfielder made the most of the adjustment, hitting a solo home run leading off the sixth inning on Wednesday to extend the streak to 15 games.
Willingham joins San Francisco's Angel Pagan as the only players in baseball with two hit streaks spanning 14 games or more this year. Willingham put together a 15-game hit streak from April 6-21.
Entering Wednesday, Willingham was hitting .365 with four doubles, four home runs, and 15 RBIs during his current streak. Additionally, his .969 OPS this season ranked third among qualified American League outfielders.
Remainder of Twins slate to be televised
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins announced Wednesday that FOX Sports North has opted to air the remaining four games on the schedule that were originally slated to be untelevised.
The four games are the July 19 tilt against the Orioles at 12:10 p.m. CT, the Aug. 30 game vs. the Mariners at 12:10 p.m., the Sept. 5 contest at the White Sox at 1:10 p.m. and the Sept. 20 game in Cleveland at 11:05 a.m.
Every Twins game this season will now be televised as a result of FOX Sports North picking up those four.
The Twins are also currently scheduled to be televised by FOX on June 30 against the Indians and on July 7 and Aug. 25 against the Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Prospect Rosario to undergo facial surgery
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins prospect Eddie Rosario was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Wednesday after being struck in the face by a line drive on Tuesday, and is scheduled to have facial surgery on June 19 that will keep him out of action for six weeks.
Rosario, ranked as the club's No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, was hit in the face during batting practice before Class A Beloit's game against Peoria. He was standing near third base when a ball struck by one of his teammates hit him above his lip but below his nose. He left the ballpark and was kept overnight at a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons.
The surgery will insert a middle plate above his lip, but as Twins general manager Terry Ryan pointed out, Rosario was lucky he didn't break his nose or lose any teeth.
"It was pregame and he was running the bases like they always do, and a guy smoked a line drive down the third-base line and the ball got on him a lot quicker than, probably, he thought," Ryan said. "But the good thing was his teeth were OK. It could've been a lot worse. But he'll have his procedure, but unfortunately we have to wait for the swelling to subside."
The second baseman was hitting .293 with seven homers, 20 doubles and a triple in 62 games with Beloit before the injury.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.