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Vargas recalled, Boshers optioned after callup

Reliever sent to Triple-A after scoreless appearance in Sunday's loss
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After placing right-hander Justin Haley on the 10-day disabled list and optioning left-hander Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, the Twins recalled first baseman Kennys Vargas and left-handed reliever Buddy Boshers from Rochester on Sunday.

But after Boshers tossed 2 1/3 hitless innings in relief of Kyle Gibson in Sunday's 13-4 loss, he was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester. He surrendered one walk while throwing 30 pitches, and the Twins want another fresh arm for their upcoming series against the Rangers. Lefty Mason Melotakis was a candidate to be called up from Double-A Chattanooga, but instead the Twins placed Ryan O'Rourke (forearm) on the 60-day disabled list on Monday to clear space for right-hander Nick Tepesch, who was called up from Rochester.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- After placing right-hander Justin Haley on the 10-day disabled list and optioning left-hander Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, the Twins recalled first baseman Kennys Vargas and left-handed reliever Buddy Boshers from Rochester on Sunday.

But after Boshers tossed 2 1/3 hitless innings in relief of Kyle Gibson in Sunday's 13-4 loss, he was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester. He surrendered one walk while throwing 30 pitches, and the Twins want another fresh arm for their upcoming series against the Rangers. Lefty Mason Melotakis was a candidate to be called up from Double-A Chattanooga, but instead the Twins placed Ryan O'Rourke (forearm) on the 60-day disabled list on Monday to clear space for right-hander Nick Tepesch, who was called up from Rochester.

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"It was a good day for [Boshers] to come up and help us out," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "Unfortunately, we're going to have to send him back down. It's not an easy conversation when a guy comes up and does his job. We'll make a corresponding move tomorrow to add to our depth in the 'pen."

The move to bring up Vargas helps the Twins get back to 12 pitchers, while they'll stick with a four-man rotation until May 6 because of off-days. Vargas gives the Twins a power bat and will see time at designated hitter and first base, and went 0-for-1 with a walk after replacing Joe Mauer during the blowout loss.

"Kennys Vargas will supplement our three-man bench and turn it into four," Molitor said. "It's the first time we've had to make a change here in the early stage of the season."

Vargas, 26, was hitting .227/.346/.432 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 12 games at Triple-A. He said he's continued to work on creating more lift on his swing to generate power, which helped him bounce back last year when he hit .230/.333/.500 with 10 homers and 11 doubles in 47 games with Minnesota.

Video: PUR@VEN: Statcast™ measures Vargas' rocket homer

"I've been hitting very good at Triple-A, having good at-bats," Vargas said. "I've been taking my walks. I feel really good. I've been trying to hit the ball consistently hard."

With Vargas on the roster, Minnesota will no longer need to use Miguel Sano as a backup first baseman to Joe Mauer, while also giving the Twins another option at DH and as a pinch-hitter.

"[Vargas is] a threat when he's in there," Molitor said. "He can hit it over the fence from both sides. We've had to be a little bit creative with our lineups with Miggy at first base and things like that, so he just gives me more options."

Boshers, meanwhile, had a 7.36 ERA in five outings with Rochester, but all three runs he allowed came in his first outing. Boshers, 28, was a pleasant surprise last year, posting a 4.25 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 36 innings with Minnesota.

Tepesch, 28, was a Minor League invite to Spring Training. He was assigned to Minor League camp on March 29 and went 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA, four walks and 17 strikeouts in three starts for the Red Wings.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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