Jul 4, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Tommy Milone (57) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Twins Darnell Optioned, Here Comes Milone

Minnesota Twins fans joked about Tommy Milone not being the quality pitcher they were looking for when he was sent to Triple-A Rochester following his acquisition from the Oakland Athletics in return for Sam Fuld.  That couldn’t be further from the case, and it looks like Milone is headed to the Twins.

Tommy Milone was sent to Triple-A Rochester as he had just pitched on Tuesday, two days prior to being dealt to the Twins.  Minnesota had made a note that both Logan Darnell and Yohan Pino were essentially entering a pitch off over the weekend against the Chicago White Sox.

Darnell put up another clunker, giving up four runs over four innings on Friday night against the White Sox.  While Pino wasn’t all that much better, he lasted 6.1 innings and gave up the same four runs, while registering a win for the Twins.

Logan Darnell has been optioned back to Triple-A Rochester clearing the way for Tommy Milone to make his Twins debut.  He would likely slot into Thursday’s start against Jon Lester and his old team, the Oakland Athletics.

On the season, Milone currently carries a 3.55 ERA through 16 starts for the Oakland Athletics.  While he isn’t a number one starter by any means, he does have the tools to be well above average.  He has been a 10 game winner in each of his past two seasons, and brings a strong ability to get quality starts to the Twins.

With Friday’s started against Oakland still unannounced, hopefully they Twins are looking at Alex Meyer and Trevor May as well.  Chewing up both of their innings while Yohan Pino continues to throw meaningless frames at the big league level seems like an absolute waste of time.

At any rate, getting Tommy Milone back for Sam Fuld, a player the Twins scooped off waivers and utilized for a few months, was a big deal.  His Twins career starts now.

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