DeVries is part of Minnesota ongoing quest to sort out its starting rotation. Full-blown implosions by one-time starters Francisco Liriano and Jason Marquis have forced the Twins to get creative -- or maybe desperate -- in the quest for arms.
DeVries was 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in triple-A Rochester, which aren't exactly call-up numbers. But the Twins, who own the worst team ERA in baseball at 5.30 -- the only other team above 4.64 is the Colorado Rockies, who play in the league's most hitter-friendly ballpark -- had to do something.
Enter the right-handed DeVries, who played college ball at the University of Minnesota.
(Anthony Swarzak, who began the season as a starter but was sent to the bullpen after losing his first three games, is expected to start Friday.)
Philip Humber will be the Sox's Thursday starter. Humber is 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA. In 28 starts in 2011, Humber was 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA.
Thanks to nine straight losses by the Chicago Cubs, the Twins no longer own baseball's worst record. The Cubs are 15-29, and the Twins 15-28.
First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 7:10.