MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been impressed by reliever Kyle Waldrop, who has posted a 2.08 ERA in six appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 24.
Waldrop also tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday's 7-6 loss to the Indians, and has a 2.84 ERA in 10 appearances this season.
The sinkerballer has struck out just four and walked five in 12 2/3 innings, but has done a good job getting hitters to hit the ball on the ground as evidenced by the fact that 74.5 percent of the balls put in play against him have been grounders.
"He's been good with a lot of groundballs," Gardenhire said. "He's as advertised. He gets a nice sink on the ball, and has thrown some nice breaking balls. We brought Waldrop in because we knew he can sink the ball. He's gotten some big outs for us."
Span successfully completes batting practice
MINNEAPOLIS -- Center fielder Denard Span took batting practice on the field before Saturday's game against the Indians without any issues, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Span, on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 28 with a sprained SC joint in his right shoulder, took swings in the cages before Friday's game and felt good enough to join his teammates for batting practice on Saturday.
Span is eligible to be activated from the DL on Wednesday, and the Twins remain hopeful he'll come off the DL that day when they host the Royals.
"He was fine," Gardenhire said. "He swung, so that's a good start. We just have to go day to day with him. We'll have to see if he's sore tomorrow. He's eligible on the 12th, so we have a couple days here."