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Twins likely to start RHP Zack Littell during Tuesday’s doubleheader

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Sounds like the 22-year-old will be making his major league debut on Tuesday.

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This is not Buddy Boshers.
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Back in mid-April it would not stop snowing in Minneapolis, leading to three games against the White Sox being postponed. The Twins will make up the first of those three games Tuesday with a traditional doubleheader at Target Field. Fernando Romero will start one of the games, and according to Darren Wolfson, Zack Littell will start the other.

Though Paul Molitor told MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger that it’s not a done deal, it sounds like a done deal. The Twins could conceivably call up Stephen Gonsalves instead, because his start Sunday was postponed, but I haven’t heard or seen and rumors that the team is going that route.

Assuming Littell does, in-fact, get the call, it will be the 22-year-old’s major league debut. The Twins acquired the right-hander from the Yankees last year in the Jaime Garcia trade (which I am sure you remember). Littell started 2018 in Double-A, where he posted a 5.87 ERA with 32 (!!) strikeouts over 23.0 innings. He was promoted to Triple-A Rochester in early May and has been ripping it up there with a 2.57 ERA with 30 strikeouts over 28.0 innings.

Littell is already on the 40-man roster, and would be used as the 26th man teams are afforded for doubleheaders.