According to Darren Wolfson and Rochester Red Wings beat writer Kevin Oklobzija, Jose Berrios is on his way back to the major leagues to start Monday against the Cleveland Indians. At this time, it is not clear who is being sent down (or traded) to make room on the roster, but the Twins won’t be making the move official until after Sunday’s trade deadline anyway.
Berrios was certainly deserving of a promotion based off his work in Rochester. Overall this season, he had a 2.44 ERA and .189 batting average allowed over 16 starts while striking out 27.5% of his batters faced. As you likely remember, his previous stint in the majors didn’t go so well as he had a 10.20 ERA and walked 12 batters in 15 innings, so here’s hoping that he figured out what didn’t work and will return a stronger pitcher than before.
There are multiple candidates that could be cleared to make room for Berrios. Barring a trade, the first choice would be Tyler Duffey who has struggled with a 6.12 ERA and a significant number of hits and home runs allowed in his sophomore season. Coincidentally, Duffey was originally scheduled to start on Monday before Berrios’ call-up. Otherwise, Ricky Nolasco, Tommy Milone, and Ervin Santana all are potential trade chips so moving any number of them would clear a rotation spot as well. Thus, it does make sense to wait until Monday to make the transaction official.