Twins Designate Veteran Reliever For Assignment Following Bumpy Outing

The Minnesota Twins designated a veteran reliever for assignment following his bumpy outing on Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Twins designated a veteran reliever for assignment following his bumpy outing on Tuesday night. / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins could not overcome the power bats of the New York Yankees' lineup on Tuesday night, falling 4-10 in the series opener. A brief outing (3.2 IP) from rookie starting pitcher Cole Sands forced manager Rocco Baldelli to use four arms in the bullpen.

That turned into an unfortunate outcome for one of those relievers, Juan Minaya, who was designated for assignment following the contest.

Juan Minaya DFA

Minaya was the first arm out of relief in Tuesday's loss, but turned in a bumpy 1.0 inning of work. The 31-year-old righty allowed one earned run after walking three batters while tossing 40 pitches.

Simply an option to eat up innings when needed, Minaya was called up from Triple-A St. Paul at the end of May and pitched to a dismal 8.53 ERA across 6.1 innings.

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The Twins will add a fresh bullpen arm at some point on Wednesday in a corresponding move as Minaya's future hangs in the balance. The Twins now have a week to trade the veteran righty or pass him through waivers.

Minaya actually showed promise for Baldelli's bullpen a year ago, pitching to a 2.48 ERA across 29 outings in 2021. His career average 4.7 walks per nine innings is what lands the veteran in trouble, and he'll have to continue addressing that issue before he finds a new big league home.

Minnesota is back to take on the Yankees on Wednesday night, entering that matchup as +144 moneyline underdogs, according to MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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