Starting in place of Brad Radke, who is being pushed back to Saturday to help line up Minnesota’s rotation for the playoffs, Durbin has made three relief appearances thus far, posting a 2.08 ERA in 4 1-3 innings.
The 22-year-old right-hander said he’s hoping to prove he deserves another start before the regular season ends.
“It’s a building block,” Durbin said. “If I go out there and throw well and show I can handle the workload … maybe I’ll get another start against New York or home against Cleveland, depending how they set up the rotation for the playoffs.”
The Twins have dropped back-to-back games since clinching their third straight AL Central title on Monday, including Wednesday’s 7-6 defeat to the Chicago White Sox.
“Even though we clinched our division, we still have to take pride in what we do,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They’re trying. It’s not like they’re not trying, but I am sure you lose a little bit of an edge a little bit. Hopefully we can get that edge back.”
The Indians are coming off a 7-6 win in the finale of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers.
“I felt pretty good out there, but I wasn’t locked in like I have been,” Westbrook said. “I was elevating some fastballs early, but I settled down and got into a good rhythm.”