After trading Lance Lynn on Monday, the Twins were left with an open spot on the active roster. The team announced Tuesday that Trevor May will be the one taking over that spot.
It’s been a long road for May’s return to the majors, where he last pitched September 11th, 2016. May, of course, missed all of 2017 after tearing his UCL in spring training and undergoing Tommy John surgery. May was actually activated June 7th of this year, but because the Twins roster was full at the time, the team optioned him down to Triple-A for some extra seasoning. Though he struggled a bit at first — notably giving up six earned runs in a game during his rehab stint on May 27th — May has settled down considerably. In fact, he hasn’t given up an earned run in his last seven appearances, dating back to June.
Although there are had been some talk about converting May back into a starter before his injury occurs, that won’t be the plan — for now. According to Jake Depue of ESPN 1500, Derek Falvey said the plan is to use May as a reliever for at least the rest of the season, and that May agrees that is the best plan.
In case you were wondering, Addison Reed was activated yesterday and took Zach Duke’s spot on the roster, so the active roster is currently full with 25 players.