According to reports, first shared by Seth Stohs of TwinsDaily and later confirmed by the team, the Twins are indeed bringing up bullpen relief after yesterday’s interminable contest, and will place a potential All-Star on the Injured List:
Looks like Lewis Thorpe called up.... Zack Littell to Rochester.— Seth Stohs (@SethTweets) June 28, 2019
Also, Eddie Rosario to the IL. Ehire Adrianza to be activated...
Lewis Thorpe will look to make his MLB debut in short order, as every member of the Minnesota bullpen pitched in yesterday’s 18-inning slog against Tampa Bay. The southpaw from the Southern Hemisphere has put up a 5.71 ERA in 14 starts with Rochester, recording a 1.370 WHIP and striking out 88 batters while walking 21. He’ll need a new uniform number, as Sean Poppen swiped the No. 71 Thorpe donned in spring training.
He takes the 25-man roster spot previously belonging to Zack Littell, who in his second stint with the Twins this year pitched four innings in three games, allowing three hits, no runs, and earning his first major league win in the other game that, like a man appealing to both sides of an argument, refused to come to a conclusion.
On the more disconcerting side, Eddie Rosario has been placed on the IL (retroactive to yesterday) after spraining his ankle rounding first base in Wednesday’s win. Ehire Adrianza will be activated from the IL to occupy that roster spot, which leaves Minnesota with exactly three outfielders - Max Kepler, Jake Cave, and LaMonte Wade Jr. - on their active roster. While Adrianza and Luis Arraez have been able to fill in on occasion, this situation continues traveling further and further away from “ideal.”
The Twins’ next rest day comes this Monday after a three-game series in Chicago against their division foe White Sox. It could not come at a better time... unless that time were to be today, so I suppose it could come at a better time.