FORT MYERS, Fla. — Liam Hendriks is excited to be in the Minnesota Twins’ rotation, and he’s going to do everything he can to stay there.
Hendriks gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings of the Twins’ 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
After a strong spring training, he was added to the rotation because Scott Baker was sidelined with elbow tendinitis and Jason Marquis took off two weeks to be with his daughter, who was injured in a bicycle accident.
Hendriks will start Sunday against Baltimore.
“I’m definitely feeling ready,” Hendriks said. “I’ve had a good spring, and am looking to put that into the season and move forward.”
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Terry Ryan have both said they would hesitate to remove Hendriks from the rotation if he makes the most of his opportunity.