Roster Move

As expected, struggling switch-hitter Alexi Casilla has been sent down to Triple-A Rochester, while infielder Matt Tolbert has been recalled. I think Gardy gave Alexi enough chances to prove himself, but apart from his poor batting (.167 in 24 games), he’d also been having problems defensively, and is evidently lacking the confidence required to play with the big boys. I feel bad for poor Alexi, but he had it coming unfortunately.

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photo: AP

Brendan Harris will probably be back in the line-up, batting in the second spot, especially against right-handers, but I’m also hoping Carlos Gomez gets a few more opportunities to prove himself too.

Sadly, I don’t think this will be the last roster move the Twins will make this season. Unless things really pick up for Minnesota over the coming weeks, I’d expect a few pitching changes unless the struggling bullpen redeems itself. Of course, the capabilities of the bullpen depend so much on the offense being hot and starting pitching being solid, but right now, there may be a need for future roster changes if the bullpen can’t pull its weight.

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