The Minnesota Twins had to watch and let out a collective sigh this week as free agent acquisition Ricky Nolasco was placed on the 15 day disabled list. Nolasco, the newly inked free agent, had been far worse than expected thus far this season, and it seems the elbow problems became too much.
With Nolasco now departed from the rotation for the time being, the Twins are forced to look elsewhere for starting pitching. With the All Star Break just around the corner, the notion that this could be just a spot start is significant. Kris Johnson will be called up from Triple-A Rochester to pitch for the Twins.
Johnson, the long time Major League veteran, pitched in a spot start earlier in the year for the Twins. Against the Dodgers, he went 4.1 innings striking out five, while giving up no runs. Unfortunately for his command, Johnson also walked six in that outing.
Should have the circumstances been different, the Minnesota Twins may have been looking at an opportunity for Trevor May or Alex Meyer with this opening. Nolasco has been nothing to write home about this year, and the trip to the DL opened up a coveted spot for one of the young arms. Unfortunately, Trevor May currently finds himself on the Triple-A disabled list with a calf strain.
Meyer, who is taking May’s place in the Sirius XM Futures Game on Sunday, has been a bit more inconsistent, and isn’t an option due to his All Star Weekend appearance.
Regardless, Johnson will go up against former Minnesota Twins player, Justin Morneau, and the Colorado Rockies on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 pm central time.