Saturday, June 17, 2017

Still more pitching shuffles

Nik Turley fared ill Friday night, and with a double header on tap today some pitching changes are afoot.

While the Twins didn't announce specifics Friday night, the word was that three new arms would be on hand for the twin dip: Adam Wilk to start Game 1, Alex Wimmers as the 26th man for the doubleheader. and Alan Busenitz as the next relief experiment.

The Twins outrighted Chris Heston on Friday, which created one spot on the 40. Another will be needed to get both Wilk and Buzenitz on the 40 today. And then somebodies have to be moved off the 25 man roster for them as well.

Wilk and Wimmers are presumably short-term additions. Busenitz may not be. He was a throw-in last summer in the Hector Santiago-for-Ricky Nolasco deal, and he's been impressive so far for Triple A Rochester.

The Twins are short of reliable bullpen arms (and reliable starters, but that's another matter). I won't guarantee Busenitz is one, but he's more likely than Wimmers to be a useful fireman.

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