Craig Breslow tried to reinvent himself this off-season using technology and a new arm slot. It won him a job with the Minnesota Twins, but apparently it did not last.
The Twins released Breslow today.
A bunch of people thought the Twins got rid of Breslow because his name wasn’t on the lineup card for today’s game, but he’s actually just hurt. What kind of hurt? According to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune, it’s “rib-cage soreness”. According to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it’s “thoracic rib soreness”, but has nothing to do with the rib-removal thing Phil Hughes had. Whatever Breslow is hurt with, hopefully it explains why he gave up those two earned runs last night and has a 5.28 ERA (and maybe we can remove one of his ribs anyway).
Speaking of removing ribs and blowing games, the Twins have activated Phil Hughes to take Breslow’s place on the roster. Hughes has been rehabbing down in Triple-A Rochester, where he is also apparently becoming a reliever. Over his three one-inning outings down there, Hughes gave up three hits and one earned run. Don’t bother running to go look up how that one run was scored, because of course it was a home run.
In case you forgot, Hughes pitched 47 innings this year as a starter for the Twins before he went on the DL. He has a 5.74 ERA.