Another day, another slew of roster moves for the Minnesota Twins. A couple of position players and a pair of pitchers are swapped out on the roster:
#MNTwins placed Alex Kirilloff on the injured list with a right wrist sprain and activated Miguel Sanó from the injured list.— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) May 5, 2021
The Twins have recalled Lewis Thorpe, who will start tonight, and optioned Brandon Waddell.— Betsy Helfand (@betsyhelfand) May 5, 2021
Here’s the lowdown if reading Tweets does not jive with you:
- First baseman Miguel Sanó has been activated off of the 10-day Injured List. He was sidelined with a hamstring issue and is apparently now fit to return playing in games. Sanó is apparently so ready, he’s in the lineup tonight and batting eighth. The 2017 All-Star is unceremoniously batting .111/.310/.244 in 58 plate appearances with a pair of homers and 4 RBI. On the other hand, he’s drawn 13 walks this season. It’s the little things.
- Bringing back Sanó means a position player is coming off of the roster, and that is outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff. He has been put on the 10-day Injured List with a right wrist sprain suffered when sliding into second base. His bat was heating up, launching four homers during the series with the Kansas City Royals and overall tallying 11 RBI.
- As mentioned yesterday, Lewis Thorpe gets the nod tonight against the Texas Rangers. His addition to the roster is officially official today. He has two appearances with the big-league club, including one start, posting a 3.60 ERA/2.51 FIP in five innings of work with three strikeouts against one walk.
- To make room for the Aussie, the Twins have sent down southpaw reliever Brandon Waddell. He owns an 11.25 ERA/11.36 FIP in four innings of work. I won’t complain if we don’t see him called up to the big-league ever again. Will you?
One other thing to note: Thorpe was called up to push Michael Pineda’s start back by one day. Big Mike was hit by a line drive to his wrist; the team was waiting it out and it sounds like he will be ready to go as manager Rocco Baldelli has announced that he will indeed start tomorrow’s season finale against the Rangers. Pineda has put up a 2.30 ERA/4.17 FIP in 27.1 innings, striking out 27 batters while issuing six walks.