MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 28: Anthony Swarzak #51 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to giving up a hit in eighth inning of their game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 28, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twins defeated the Angels in ten innings and Swarzak pitched seven no-hit innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The Twins' search for starting pitching has prompted them to reinsert Anthony Swarzak into the rotation. Swarzak, who lost his starting gig back in April, is slated to take the hill Friday.
The Minnesota Twins have come full circle in their search for viable starting pitching.
Swarzak started three games back in April, and it wasn't pretty. He was 0-3 and accumulated a 6.75 ERA. In his last start, he lasted 2.2 innings and gave up six earned runs and three homers.
He was better in his bullpen role, lowering his ERA to 4.73. That -- coupled with desperation -- has earned him another chance in the rotation.
The Twins, who have the worst team ERA in baseball, have had a devil of a time trying to find reliable starters. Former ace Francisco Liriano was sent to the bullpen with an 0-5 record and 9.45 ERA. More recently, Minnesota designated Jason Marquis (and his 8.47 ERA) for assignment and brought up Cole DeVries from triple-A Rochester.
DeVries, who will get his first start Thursday, was a pedestrian 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in Rochester, but the Twins apparently felt they have to try something.
Swarzak is slated to start Friday.