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.