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Twins recall Casilla from AAA; Slowey still hurting

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins are recalling second baseman Alexi Casilla from Triple-A Rochester in hopes he can provide a spark to their unbalanced offense.

Casilla was the starting second baseman out of spring training, but he slumped badly early in the season and fell out of favor with manager Ron Gardenhire for his sloppy play.

In two stints with the Twins this year, he is hitting .180 with three doubles and five RBIs. After being sent down to Rochester on June 11 for a wakeup call, Casilla hit .340 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 40 games for the Red Wings.

To make room on the roster, the Twins will send infielder Matt Tolbert to Rochester. The move will be made official on Friday after the All-Star break.

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Slowey has setback

Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey had a setback with a wrist injury and will not make his scheduled start after the All-Star break.

The Twins were hoping Slowey would be able to throw on Sunday to test how the wrist reacted to a cortisone shot. But manager Ron Gardenhire says the pitcher was not able to throw. Slowey will instead try to throw on Wednesday.

Rookie Anthony Swarzak will make Slowey’s next start, which was slated for July 21 at Oakland.

Slowey was placed on the disabled list on July 4. His 10 victories this season are tied for second-most in the American League.

Gardenhire says the Twins will wait until he throws on Wednesday before deciding about any further treatment for the injury.

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