Twins bolster roster with trio from Triple-A

De Jong, Curtiss joining bullpen; infielder Petit adds depth

September 3rd, 2018

HOUSTON -- With Triple-A Rochester's season coming to an end on Monday, the Twins announced their second wave of September callups, as right-handers Chase De Jong and will be recalled and infielder will have his contract selected on Tuesday.
Additionally, the Twins moved designated hitter to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Minnesota has added eight players since rosters expanded on Saturday, and more callups or activations could come over the next few days.
De Jong, acquired in the trade that sent Zach Duke to Seattle on July 31, posted a 3.41 ERA in 34 1/3 innings with Rochester after the trade, striking out 27 and walking 11 in six appearances (four starts). The 24-year-old had a 6.35 ERA in 28 1/3 innings with the Mariners last year.
"He'll get a chance to pitch," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We talked about different people that will be in the mix in the six-man [rotation], whether he gets a chance to come in as a primary or piggyback somewhere along the line with somebody. We have a couple things we are looking at on how we want to get him into games."
Curtiss, 25, will join the Twins for a second time this year after giving up three runs while recording two outs in two appearances. He recorded a 2.48 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 31 walks in 54 1/3 innings at Triple-A. He is ranked as the Twins' No. 26 prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Petit, 33, also saw time with Minnesota earlier this year, hitting .308/.400/.308 in 12 games in May and June. He batted .268/.313/.327 in 79 games with Rochester while seeing time at first, second, short and third.
Worth noting
The Twins are not expected to add right-handed relievers Jake Reed or Nick Anderson to the 40-man roster. Reed, 25, had a 1.89 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings at Rochester, while the 28-year-old Anderson posted a 3.30 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 60 innings. Both will have to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason or be eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft.
"There were some other pitching people we talked about," Molitor said. "It was like, how far do you want to take it, in terms of having too many people. We're pretty well protected from the right side out there. Those guys have done well, they have had good years."