Monday, August 11, 2014

Goodbye, Correia

Kevin Correia's final numbers with the Twins:
14-26, 4.49.
Ask and ye shall receive.

A week ago in the print column, I called for Kevin Correia to be moved off the Twins roster to make room for pitchers who figure to be of use in 2015.

And on Sunday, the veteran right-hander was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the always-in-demand player to be named later.

We don't know who the PTNL is, and as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't much matter. Correia's roster spot is more valuable. When him gone, Tommy Milone is called up for tonight's start. Milone is better than Correia, and he figures to be around for a few years.

Another move is coming today when Joe Mauer (remember him?) is activated from the disabled list. My guess is that Oswaldo Arcia will go on the disabled list; he's missed the last two games with a sore back, and the word Sunday was that it hadn't improved from Saturday.

Yet another rotation move is likely this week with Ricky Nolasco, who went 5.2 innings in Cedar Rapids on Sunday in the final game of what the Kernels were billing as the "Rehab Homestand." Presumably he'll dislodge Yohan Pino from the rotation, although not necessarily from the roster. I wouldn't stunned if the roster spot came from a bullpen arm, with Pino moving to a relief role.

The Twins project to have a September rotation of, in some order, Phil Hughes, Kyle Gibson, Milone, Nolasco and Trevor May. That's not a bunch of Cy Young candidates, but it's better than the September rotations we've seen the past few years. And it might be the rotation next April as well.

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