With the Twins’ bullpen in need of a refresher, Minnesota has brought back a familiar arm, recalling Tyler Duffey to Minneapolis.
Duffey made his Twins debut in 2015, but has spent most of his time since shuffling back and forth between the MLB and AAA rosters. In those four seasons, Duffey has recorded a 5.46 ERA, 4.24 FIP, and 1.401 WHIP, going along with an 18-18 record and a single save. He came up through Minnesota’s farm system as a starter, but transitioned full-time to the bullpen come 2017, the only season he spent entirely with the big-league club. This spring, Duffey allowed six runs on five hits (of which three cleared the fence) in 7.2 innings, good for a 7.04 ERA.
To clear space on the 25-man roster, the Twins optioned Andrew Vazquez back to Rochester. Vazquez’s sole appearance in a Minnesota uniform in 2019 was disastrous, hitting one batter, walking two, surrendering three runs, and allowing three inherited runners to cross the plate, leaving him with an infinite ERA this year.
The Twins’ press release also confirms that Duffey will be available tonight against Toronto. After using all six of their other relief pitchers during the past two games, the Twins’ bullpen has been itself - ironically - in need of relief.
Welcome back, Duff Man.