BOSTON -- After serving as designated hitter in the previous two games against the Red Sox, Josh Willingham was held out of the lineup on Saturday.
But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the left fielder is getting a break only because he leads the team in games played with 102.
"He plays every day, every inning," Gardenhire said. "Even DH is not a break. He's still got to physically to go out there and play baseball every day. I told him let's just go out there and take a day. He's happy with it. I think he knows he needs a break every once in a while. He can't play them all."
With Willingham out, Darin Mastroianni made his second straight start in left field. Third baseman Danny Valencia was also not in the lineup, as Jamey Carroll got the start at third base.
Twins anticipating a quiet month, trade-wise
BOSTON -- Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said the Twins will keep their options open with potential waiver trades this month but that it doesn't appear likely the club will make any moves.
With right-hander Carl Pavano and closer Matt Capps both on the disabled list, the Twins don't have as many chips to trade.
"I'd say it's probably not highly likely," Antony said. "But we'll do our thing as every team does. And if somebody claims them we'll talk to that club and see if anything makes sense. Just like we did before the Trade Deadline."
Now that the non-waiver Trade Deadline has passed, deals involving players on the 40-man roster cannot be made unless the players already have cleared waivers. In other words, the player must be offered to the other teams in reverse order of the standings, and if he is claimed by one of the teams, he cannot be traded. The club that placed the player on waivers can either withdraw the request and keep the player, or let the player go to the claiming team, which would then have the rights to the player.
Many players are placed on waivers in August, but the list is confidential, so it's unclear whom the Twins have placed on waivers so far.
Pavano and Capps, who are both eligible for free agency after the season, were the most likely candidates to be traded this month, but there's still no official timetable for either of their returns.
Capps has yet to throw a ball since being placed on the disabled list on July 17 with right rotator cuff irritation while Pavano, out since June 4 with right rotator cuff weakness, is tentatively scheduled to make his first rehab start on Tuesday in the Gulf Coast League.
Spring Training foresight pays off
BOSTON -- The Twins took a shotgun approach in terms of pitching in Spring Training, as they signed several Minor League free agents and ended up with 35 pitchers in camp.
And so far that approach has paid off with five of those pitchers who were signed seeing action with Minnesota.
That group has been successful, too, as right-handers Jared Burton, Casey Fien, P.J. Walters, Samuel Deduno and Luis Perdomo have combined for a 3.15 ERA in 122 2/3 innings.
"We had a lot of pitchers in Spring Training, and unfortunately, the hard part about having that many in Spring Training is getting them all innings and seeing enough of them," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You always talk about depth. You never know if you have it or not, and I think it's been a big surprise for everybody. A pleasant surprise to watch these guys go out and compete."