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The Sports Xchange, Published August 08 2013

Hendriks gets another crack in the Twins rotation today

MINNEAPOLIS – A professional baseball player doesn’t always know when his next chance to prove himself might come. It might be their next at-bat or maybe next season.

For Minnesota Twins pitcher Liam Hendriks, it is today.

The Twins announced Wednesday that they recalled the right-hander from Triple-A Rochester in time for today’s split doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox. Hendriks is scheduled to start the second game.

Hendriks made 14 starts for the Red Wings this season, going 3-8, with a 5.12 ERA.

Hendriks made two starts for the Twins earlier this season, going 0-1, with a 4.66 ERA.

After starting the season with the big club, Hendricks was optioned to make room for Scott Diamond after two less-than-stellar performances. Manager Ron Gardenhire said at the time that Hendriks had pitched well in his second outing, but that he needed to be more consistent.

Four months and more than 100 games later, things haven’t changed much for the Twins in Hendriks’ absence. With starting pitching a problem as of late, the bullpen has been asked to work overtime.

“He’s been the most consistent,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony told the Pioneer Press about Hendriks’ minor league season. “He was the logical guy. He’d been up here before, and we don’t have a ton of options to be honest with you.”

Not the most ringing of endorsements, but it probably matters little to Hendriks.

He gets a second chance to prove himself against a struggling White Sox club.