The Twins announced the callup of pitchers young and veteran Thursday, selecting the contracts of Trevor Hildenberger and Dillon Gee.The pair will fill roster spots left by the optioning of Nik Turley following the left-hander's two-out start and Ehire Adrianza (abdominal issues) landing on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday
The Twins announced the callup of pitchers young and veteran Thursday, selecting the contracts of Trevor Hildenberger and Dillon Gee.
The pair will fill roster spots left by the optioning of Nik Turley following the left-hander's two-out start and Ehire Adrianza (abdominal issues) landing on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday night. The 40-man roster spots were created by designating for assignment Triple-A Rochester pitchers Mason Melotakis and Alex Wimmers.
"[We're] trying to keep guys fresh as well as give some new people maybe an opportunity to see how they'll respond at the Major League level," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "In today's case, we're adding a guy from our system in Hildenberger, who has kind of been on our radar even last year before he got a little injury at the end of the year. Then we added a veteran guy that can give us some length in Dillon Gee."
Gee was signed as a Minor League free agent earlier this month after the Rangers designated him for assignment. An 8-year Major League veteran, Gee held a 4.15 ERA in four appearances (one start) with the Rangers this season. He holds a 4.13 ERA over 817 1/3 career innings.
Gee said before Friday's game against the Indians that he will take whatever role he can to help the team.
"Really, whatever helps the team," Gee said. "If it really came down to it, I'd prefer to be a starter still, take the ball every fifth day. But coming out of the 'pen is great, too. Like I said, I don't mind either one of them. I like either one of them. Just whatever can help the team."
Hildenberger, ranked No. 18 among Twins prospects by MLBPipeline.com, holds a 2.05 ERA in 30 2/3 innings over 21 appearances at Rochester this season, striking out 35 and walking eight. He will be looking to make his Major League debut over the coming days.
"From being where his arm slot is, and the fact that every once in a while he gets up on top and gives you a little different of a look on a higher end velocity pitch," Molitor said of Hildenberger, "combined with the slinging action that he throws fastballs, sliders and changeups from, it's been a good mix for him down there."
Sano out of lineup with illness
Miguel Sano was not in the Twins' starting lineup on Friday, as Molitor said the third baseman has been battling a sinus infection. However, Sano will be available to pinch-hit late in the game if he is needed.
"I knew he wasn't feeling particularly well," Molitor said. "I think the airplane ride set him back a little bit last night. Between the headaches and, you know, it just makes sense to try to back him off and get him on some medication. Hopefully he feels better tomorrow. I think I can use him tonight, if I need to late."
Santiago planning to start Tuesday
Left-hander Hector Santiago rejoined the Twins on Friday after missing a couple of weeks with shoulder soreness, and he is slated to return to the rotation on Tuesday against the Red Sox.
"Right now, Hector is tentatively to pitch on Tuesday in Boston," Molitor said. " ... I think that 75 [pitches] would be a comfortable number for him. Somewhere in that range, if results warrant."
After he was placed on the DL with shoulder soreness on June 7, Santiago tossed three scoreless frames in his rehab outing with Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday.
William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.