When the report came down on Thursday that the beloved, portly, and no longer very good Bartolo Colon had been DFA’d by Atlanta, it was a natural reaction to think that the Twins had found their starter for one of Saturday’s two games against Kansas City. The Boy Geniuses have not been shy about churning the roster and scouring the waiver wire for patches to the holes in the Minnesota rotation and bullpen.
However! This time, the team is taking the “let’s see what one of the kids can do” approach, as Chattanooga righty Felix Jorge will get one of the starts on Saturday. (The Pioneer Press’ Mike Berardino and Twins Radio’s Mariana Guzman were first to report this.)
What do you need to know about Felix Jorge? Well, he’s skinny. He will be referred to as “willowy” or “lanky” on Saturday, about that there is very little doubt. In less important matters, the 23-year-old has also been excellent against Double-A competition in 2017, posting an 8-1 record with a 3.26 ERA, and 61 strikeouts vs. 22 walks.
Will that be enough to give the Twins 5-6 good innings against a surging Royals team that could vault past Minnesota in the Central standings this weekend? I personally don’t know, and it’s weird that you’re asking. It does seem like he would have a better chance of success than Random Veteran Castoff of the Week, but I’m an idiot, and you can remind me of this when he doesn’t get out of the second inning.
Speaking of whom, in Berardino’s piece on the move, he speculates that Dillon Gee might be making his Twins bullpen debut this weekend as part of that 26th-man hurlyburly.
Your thoughts, as always, are welcome in our comments section. The Boston series is in the rearview, and the Twins are only 1.5 games back of Cleveland on the last day of June. None but the most hopeless optimist thought this would be the case, so enjoy it ya turkeys.