Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Kyle Lohse Trade May Prompt Boof Bonsor Callup

With an urgent need for hitting, the Twins are shopping veteran starter Kyle Lohse in the hope of acquiring an inexpensive bat for an outfield spot, or perhaps even the DH spot if Rondell White continues to struggle. The ramifications are manifold but one scenario could project fireballer Francisco Liriano staying in a relief role as the bullpen's only lefty, while strikeout artist Boof Bonsor is called up from the AAA Rochester Red Wings. The Twins have never been a team to rush youngters but desperate times call for desperate measures. All Boof Bonsor did last year was win 11 games with five losses to become the first Wings pitcher to lead the International League in strikouts, racking up 168 Ks to rank 12th in the minors. The 24-year-old Bonsor's overall record since 2002 stands at 58-46 with a 3.72 ERA and 833 strikeout in 799 innings.