Twins activate Crede, eye Liriano return

Updated: September 9, 2009, 7:40 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- The Minnesota Twins have activated third baseman Joe Crede from the 15-day disabled list and are adding two players from Triple-A Rochester, recalling right-hander Armando Gabino and purchasing the contract of first baseman/outfielder Justin Huber.

The Twins are expected to add another arm to their bullpen Wednesday by activating left-hander Francisco Liriano from the DL.

Joe Crede

Crede

Liriano
Liriano

Crede, out since Aug. 21 due to a sore lower back, is batting .229 with 15 homers and 48 RBIs. After fielding grounders and taking part in batting practice Monday, Crede got a look at live pitching Tuesday when he stood in the box during a simulated game for Liriano, who has not pitched since Aug. 17 because of arm fatigue.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Liriano threw 42 pitches in about 10 or 12 minutes and reported no problems.

"I stood in the outfield for a little bit and then I got right behind the mound," Gardenhire said. "The guys were saying it was jumping out of his hand pretty good."

Liriano, 5-12 with a 5.80 ERA in 23 starts, will pitch in relief when he is activated and will be available Thursday.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who leads the major leagues with a .369 batting average, got the day off Tuesday and is expected to be the designated hitter on Wednesday, Gardenhire said.

Gabino made one start for the Twins earlier this season, allowing four runs and five hits in 2 2-3 innings of an Aug. 25 victory over Baltimore.

Huber, who has also played for Kansas City and San Diego, hit .273 with 22 home runs and 76 RBIs at Triple-A.


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