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Magill returns from IL; De Jong outrighted off 40-man roster

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Magill is back for the first time in 2019.

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Brandon Warne with Zone Coverage has recently tweeted that the Minnesota Twins have reinstated right-handed reliever Matt Magill from the Injured List after suffering from right shoulder tendinitis. The move comes after the Twins sent Kohl Stewart back down after his start against the Houston Astros in the Twins’ loss on Wednesday night.

This is the first time that Magill will be with the team this season as he started off the year on the Injured List. Magill has been on rehab assignment with the Twins’ AAA affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, and has been pretty lights-out, posting a 1.69 ERA over five games and 5.1 innings pitched. He’s allowed only two hits, an earned run, and has struck out eight batters against allowing one walk. Those numbers are a vast improvement over his numbers from spring training, where he appeared in five games, posting a 9.53 ERA in 5.2 IP, allowing nine hits, six earned runs, a homer, and five strikeouts against one walk. He’ll serve as a fresh arm in an otherwise shaky bullpen so far this 2019 campaign.

Additionally, the Twins decided to outright right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong off the 40-man roster, leaving one spot open. (Yeah, go ahead and start up your “the Twins are going to sign Kimbrel/Keuchel” hot takes in the comments.) De Jong has pretty much fallen flat on his face this year between Rochester and the big-league club. With the Twins, he has this: 36.00 ERA, 1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, HR, 3 BB, which was in a blow-out game in a win against the New York Mets back on April 9. His time in Rochester has not been as great, as he’s posted an 11.12 ERA in two starts, yielding seven earned runs, three homers, and six strikeouts against four walks. I’m not going to go through his spring training stats this year because I’m eating lunch and I’d like to keep it down, but here’s a link courtesy of baseball-reference.com just in case you want to take a peek.

Welcome back, Matt!