Ford optioned to Minors for Cali
Twins outfielder leaves roster spot for reliever
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins optioned outfielder Lew Ford to Triple-A Rochester after Saturday's win against the Indians.
They recalled Carmen Cali from Rochester to add to the bullpen, which has pitched eight innings in the last two games.
Cali was 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA and one save in 31 appearances for the Red Wings and allowed four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in two previous stints with the Twins.
Ford was batting .232 in 49 games for the Twins this season. He often struggled with fielding balls in the Metrodome and hopes that the everyday playing time in Rochester will help him improve.
"I guess if you want to look at something positive out of it, that would be something positive to come out of it," Ford said of the extra playing time. "I'm just disappointed. I really want to be a part of the team up here."
Leslie Parker is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.