Immediately following Game One of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Twins designated starting pitcher Adam Wilk for assignment (again). It wasn’t unexpected. Wilk pitched pretty poorly (six runs in 3.1 innings), and was only called up out of necessity anyway.
Oh—it also wasn’t unexpected because Alan Busenitz was already in Minnesota by this morning. Since he wasn’t on the 40-man roster, someone had to go. Might as well be Wilk!
The thing with Busenitz is he isn’t just being called up out of necessity—he’s been this year for the Rochester Red Wings, posting a 2.15 ERA over 29.1 innings. He also has 32 strike outs, which leads all Red Wing relievers. As far as major league time, he has none. His first appearance, which could be as soon as tonight’s game, will be his major league debit.
Where did Busenitz come from? The Angels organization. He was the minor league part of the Ricky Nolasco/Hector Santiago trade.
Also, in case you missed it, the Twins optioned Ryan Pressly back to Triple-A this morning to make room for Wilk on the 25-man roster and DFAed Chris Heston yesterday to make space for him on the 40-man. The team also called up Alex Wimmers to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader. Wimmers will return to Triple-A tomorrow, barring something insanely weird.