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Twins: Swarzak sent down after win

Minnesota Twins' Jason Kubel watches his solo home run sail into the bleachers against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning Saturday in Chicago. AP Photo/Jim Prisching

CHICAGO (AP) -- The way he dominated, Anthony Swarzak certainly pitched like a major leaguer Saturday, and he probably will be again.

For now?

Back to the minors, kid.

In an odd twist, the Minnesota Twins optioned the 23-year-old rookie to Triple-A Rochester after he scattered four hits over seven innings in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon.

Harsh crowd, that Twins management.

Swarzak (2-2) struck out six and walked one while earning his first win since beating Milwaukee last month. So why is the right-hander being sent to the minors? To make room for catcher Jose Morales, who was recalled from Rochester.

"I've got no doubts he can pitch in the big leagues and he proved that today," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "But it has to be done. We need a player here. I've got too many injuries."

The Twins played short-handed on Saturday with outfielders Michael Cuddyer (right index finger) and Denard Span (dizziness) unavailable.

Swarzak, who has a 3.90 ERA in five starts, was disappointed but had an idea the move was coming.

"It's definitely disappointing but I kind of figured it would happen," he said. "I thought I could pitch at this level but now I know. I just need to go to Rochester and work on consistency."

Swarzak consistently hit the strike zone Saturday, Jason Kubel homered and the Twins hung on after the Cubs threatened in the ninth.

Kubel led off the second with his 11th homer and Joe Maurer singled in a run, delighting the Twins fans.

The two-time defending NL Central champions simply couldn't get anything going against Swarzak. They had no luck either against Matt Guerrier, who retired the side in the eighth before Nathan worked a tense ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.