Saturday, April 27, 2019

Transaction action

Before Friday's game the Twins filled the roster spot vacated by the demotion of Kohl Stewart by activating Matt Magill off the injured list.

This keeps the Twins at 13 pitchers, and I expect they will stay there for a while. As noted here a couple days ago, the Twins really need one of their minor four relivers -- currently Ryne Harper, Magill, Fernando Romero and Adalberto Mejia -- to step up into a more useful role than eating innings.

Three of them pitched Friday. Harper had a clean seventh, Romero had a messy but complete ninth, and Magill had a messier and incomplete eighth.

A move that didn't appear to have a specific necessity to it: Chase De Jong was outrighted off the 40-man roster. I don't see the point of this. It's not that De Jong is a good or even interesting pitcher, but taking him off the 40 slightly constricts the Twins roster flexibility, and there is no immediate gain for doing this now.

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