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Roster news: Mejía activated, Thorpe demoted, Torreyes outrighted

In which the back of the roster shuffles once more.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia Phillies
No. 49 is a knuckleballer’s number; unfortunately, Mejía does not throw one.
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Once more, the Twins have juggled the back of their roster, both active and 40-man, to make room for a fresh arm in their pitching staff.

The 2019 season has seen Adalberto Mejia in a Twins uniform for the second-most games in his career, passed only by the 21 in 2017. However, his 11 MLB games this season have produced subpar results: an 8.74 ERA, 5.49 FIP, 1.765 WHIP, more runs allowed (12 - one unearned) than innings pitched (11.1), and an 0-1 record. Despite only making 11 appearances, barely over one inning per outing, Mejía remains in the bottom five Twins in Win Probability Added this season.

Let’s hope that Mejía has improved his pitching during his rehab assignment in the minors.

As Mejía was activated off the 60-day Injured List, where he did not count towards the 40-man roster, a player had to be deactivated to make room for him, which proved unfortunate for Ronald Torreyes. The ex-Yankee began the year in Rochester, was demoted to High-A Fort Myers for a pair of games (during which he went 2-9, both singles), and has now returned to Rochester, though no longer as a member of Minnesota’s 40-man roster.

Additionally, Lewis Thorpe has been sent back to Rochester after his single start. Despite taking the loss, opinions were high in regards to Thorpe’s debut. He’ll look to continue to hone his pitching in hopes for a quick return to Target Field... although he has yet to actually pitch there.