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Twins make off-day roster moves

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Pitchers are the main focus of these transactions again.

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The Minnesota Twins got home after taking the series against the Milwaukee Brewers and then were bored all day today. So what do they do? Roster moves, of course!

Zack Littell, who hit the Injured list with a hamstring injury, is now activated off of the I.L. The righty reliever had only pitched three innings of work prior to his injury, allowing four earned runs on six hits, three of those hits being home runs. He also issued three walks and struck out one batter.

Additionally, newly-acquired Ildemaro Vargas has been officially added to the 28-man active roster after checking all the right boxes during the intake process, which is when players are tested for COVID-19. The noob looks to be an addition for depth in the infield and as a utility player. According to fellow site writerist Matt Monitto, he will be wearing number 4 on his uniform.

To make room for those two fellas, the Twins placed reliever Cody Stashak on the 10-day I.L. with lower back inflammation. He’s pitched to a 3.86 ERA (4.78 FIP) in seven innings of work this season. His K/9 sits at 12.9 and his K/BB ratio at 5.00. Probably a small sample size, but decent numbers nonetheless.

Cory Gearrin, who was recently called up to freshen up the bullpen, has been designated for assignment. Is it writing a six-page paper on a topic of his choosing? I don’t know, but we’ll find out. He made one appearance for the Twins and it was during that dreadful series against the Kansas City Royals. He pitched two innings of no-hit baseball, allowing two walks and one strikeout. Maybe the Twins thought he was bad luck.

Word on the street is that Rich Hill will be activated soon once he gets some work in at Target Field, so it is quite certain that we will see additional transactions in the coming week, but for good reasons. Yay!