In case you didn’t get enough roster moves this week, the Minnesota Twins have you covered. The organization has announced that they have optioned reliever Sean Poppen to AAA Rochester and have called up pitcher Kohl Stewart.
Poppen gave his life last night in his major-league debut, pitching the last four innings in the loss to the Boston Red Sox. His final line was 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. His performance out of the pen saved most of the other arms in the bullpen from pitching again the night after the 17-inning win
Max Kepler the Twins notched. Poppen returns to Rochester, where he’s posted a 1.55 ERA across give games and 29 innings, allowing only five earned runs and having a 34/12 K/BB ratio.
Stewart is starting to rack up some frequent-flier miles as this will be his third trip to the majors this year. Since returning to Rochester, he’s pitched to a 4.60 ERA in six games, starting five of them while following an opener for another. He’s K/BB is 1.53 and has allowed only three homers in that span. With the big-league club, he’s made two spot starts, going a total of 12 innings, allowing 14 hits, eight earned runs, three homers, five walks, and three strikeouts. Stewart will assumingly be in the bullpen for long-relief.