Twins to Designate Liam Hendriks for Assignment

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

With a full roster and Phil Hughes officially signing his contract today, Minnesota needed to make a move.

Did you know that the 40-man roster can only hold 40 men? It's true. As a result of this fact, the signing of Phil Hughes today has forced the Twins into making a decision on one of their players.

Hendriks, in spite of multiple opportunities with the Twins, has been unable to hold down a Major League role. In 28 starts and two relief appearances over parts of three seasons, he's posted a 6.06 ERA while allowing 1.6 base runners per inning.

What made Hendriks such an appealing prospect in the minor leagues was his command. He has multiple pitches that he can throw for strikes, but it was his affinity for limiting base runners that made him such an effective pitcher. His control was a big part of that.

Because of his inability to translate that success into any level of effectiveness in the Majors, even in a season where the team could scarcely have one effective starter Hendriks wasn't good enough. It's unfortunate, because for a good couple of seasons he was seen as a part of the future.

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