Thursday, May 8, 2014

The return of Matt Guerrier

Matt Guerrier rejoins
the Twins bullpen.
Jason Bartlett washed out. Jason Kubel has been a fixture in the outfield and in the middle of the lineup.

And now a third prodigal son from the Gardenhire glory days is officially back. Matt Guerrier had an out in his contract; if he wasn't on the major league roster by today, he could declare free agency and see who else might want him.

So the Twins are activating him, it being apparently intolerable to risk losing a post-operative 35-year-old reliever with a 4.00 ERA in 11 minor league innings. Logan Darnell has been optioned back to Rochester, but that only opens a place on the 25-man active roster. They also need a spot on the 40-man roster, and that move will apparently be made this morning.

My guess is that Josh Willingham — remember him? — will go on the 60-day disabled list. He's already been out about a month and apparently some time away from being ready, so that seems plausible.

I can think of some more drastic moves — such as designating Mike Pelfrey or Pedro Florimon for assignment — but they're not likely to happen.

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