After yesterday’s game the Twins made a couple of roster moves, optioning starter Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A Rochester and placing Justin Haley on the DL. Well, we now know who will be taking their places, as the team has recalled designated hitter and first baseman Kennys Vargas and left-hander Buddy Boshers.
The moves mean the Twins are finally going from their unnecessary thirteen pitchers to twelve, and adding another bat to the bench.
Kennys Vargas, 26, has played in twelve Triple-A games so far this year, and is batting .227/.346/.432 with two home runs, a triple (!!), and a double. As you may remember, he spent most of Spring Training with team Puerto Rico in the WBC, where he didn’t get many at-bats. He returned to the Twins and promptly fouled a ball off of his foot, rendering him unable to catch up in the at-bats he needed. Hence, he started the year in Triple-A Rochester instead of the big league club, as many had originally predicted.
There was at a time a lot of discussion about whether ByungHo Park or Kennys Vargas should be the Twins’ Opening Day DH, and of course neither were. Park is still on the DL in the minors with a sore hamstring.
Buddy Boshers, 28, hasn’t seen much action down in Rochester yet this year, having only pitched 3.2 innings. He has a 7.36 ERA in that time. If you recall, he sucked ass in spring training, holding just a 10.61 ERA in 9.1 innings.