Friday, March 18, 2016

The bullpen game

The Twins turned Thursday night's exhibition game into a showcase for a crop of bubble relievers, and Taylor Rogers, who started and went two innings, apparently did quite well:

Rogers might be the second lefty in the Twins bullpen. Or he might wind up in the Rochester rotation again. Which brings up another Berardino tweet:

I might have to explore that a little for a future post, who all these Triple A starting candidates are. I doubt that the Twins would keep Rogers simply to open a Rochester rotation slot for somebody else, however.

J.R. Graham didn't help himself (two-thirds of an inning, two runs allowed). Ryan Pressly struck out four in two innings but also gave up a long homer to Adam Jones. Fernando Abad, like Rogers a top contender for the lefty job, retired all four men he faced with one strikeout.

The Twins may well make some roster moves today. With 10 outfielders and seven catchers still in camp, the next round of cuts probably won't be all pitchers. But I wouldn't be surprised if some of Thursday's arms aren't in major league camp this weekend.

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