Sun. Jun 16th, 2024
Twins promote Louie Varland to start against Rockies on Tuesday

Rocco Baldelli, the manager of the Minnesota Twins, announced on Thursday that Louie Varland will be promoted to the major leagues and start at Target Field against the Colorado Rockies next Tuesday. Despite allowing six runs in three innings and increasing his Class AAA ERA from 4.30 to 5.31, Varland will get this opportunity.

The move is part of a strategy by the Twins to give their starting rotation an extra day of rest during a stretch of 13 games in a row. This period was targeted specifically by the team for a rotation adjustment.

Varland made the Opening Day roster after a strong start in spring camp but struggled in his four regular-season starts. He was demoted to the Saints in April and has had mixed results there as well, with a 2-5 record and a .273 opponents’ batting average. The focus is on improving his overall pitching performance.

To make room for Varland on the roster, Diego Castillo was optioned back to St. Paul. Castillo had a solid outing against the Rockies, pitching a scoreless ninth inning, but he gave up two runs in seven innings over the past two weeks with the Twins.

Baldelli emphasized that Varland needs to utilize all of his pitches effectively, particularly his offspeed pitches and when to use them. He pointed out that Varland has a strong fastball but has been working on improving his offspeed pitches and when to use them effectively in order to improve his overall pitching performance

By Aiden Nguyen

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