Patchwork starting pitching has Twins hobbled and troubled


When you're talking Twins, what a difference a two months makes.

It wasn't that long ago when fans were focused on good things ahead as the Twins broke spring training with, what appeared to be, solid pitching and a young team ready to improve on 2015's turnaround season. That has all changed– most visibly with Twins pitching.

The season started with a five-man staff of:

  • Ervin Santana
  • Ricky Nolasco
  • Phil Hughes
  • Kyle Gibson
  • Tommy Milone

The rotation looks nothing like that now, and it might get cloudier with news that Phil Hughes isn't feeling well.

Hughes was solid through six innings Tuesday night in Detroit before giving way to shoulder fatigue. If Hughes hits the DL or misses a start, Ricky Nolasco will be the only member of the original starting rotation who hasn't wound up on the DL or demoted.

In all, the Twins have already used eight starters and left-hander Pat Dean will make it nine when he starts Saturday against the Blue Jays. Only Cincinnati and San Diego have used more (nine each), and both are in last place in their divisions.

Starters used by the Twins and number of starts they've made:

  • Phil Hughes - 8
  • Ricky Nolasco - 7
  • Ervin Santana - 6
  • Tyler Duffey - 4
  • Tommy Milone - 4
  • Kyle Gibson - 4
  • Jose Berrios - 4
  • Alex Meyer - 1

Tough times for Twins arms.

Next Up


Nov. 30 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations reach new high mark

There are fewer than 100 staffed ICU beds available in Minnesota.

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers-Northwestern game canceled

Minnesota is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in its football program.

frances mosley vandals

Minneapolis woman's home vandalized for a 7th time since March

The most recent incident happened on Thanksgiving.

Grand Cafe

Jamie Malone's Grand Cafe is closing, building owners say

Head chef Jamie Malone will continue operations at Eastside.


High school softball coach accused of stealing booster funds

The 65-year-old is a coach at Lakeville South High School.

police lights

Suspect leads police on 26-mile pursuit in Meeker County

When the suspect stopped, he tried to get out of his car with a shotgun in hand.

Screen Shot 2020-11-30 at 7.41.02 AM

Human remains found at Albert Lea building where 3 people where shot

Authorities say the human remains are not related to the shooting.


DirecTV subscribers could lose KARE 11 on Tuesday

A new contract needs to be agreed upon by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

prison, Rush City cell block

Inmate from Rush City prison dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The man is the fifth incarcerated person in Minnesota to die from COVID-19.


Belle Plaine man dies after duck boat capsizes on lake

One man was found sitting on the overturned boat while another man was in the water.