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In elementary math, we always had to do these ‘input-output tables’. It was a basic way of figuring out a math problem, whatever you put in affects what comes out. The Minnesota Twins had their own little input-output exercise on Thursday.
On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins officially inked starting pitcher Phil Hughes to a contract, but had to make room for him on the 40-man roster. That means someone has to leave and 24-year-old Australian hurler Liam Hendriks drew the short straw and was designated for assignment.
Hendriks had seen success in the minor leagues for the Twins and was seen as part of the future of the big league rotation, but that never did come to fruition. Hendriks appeared in 30 games for the Twins and currently sits with a career 2-13 record with a 6.06 ERA.
The reason for the shock behind this is not that Liam Hendriks was sent packing, it was who wasn’t set packing. Some insight on why it was Hendriks:
On another note, this is an interesting tidbit about Phil Hughes:
I hope Terry at least called Liam Hendriks.