Minnesota Twins call up Buddy Boshers
The Minnesota Twins have called up left handed relief pitcher Buddy Boshers (pronounced Bo-sheers) from AAA Rochester. Terry Ryan needed to make room on both the 40 and 25 man rosters for Boshers.
Darin Mastroianni is heading to the 15 day disabled list with an oblique strain which makes room on the 25 man. Glen Perkins has been moved from the 15 day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list. Players on the 60 day disabled list do not count against the 40 man roster limit and so this opens a spot for Boshers there.
Paul Molitor stated after last night’s game that the bullpen was stretched thin and that they needed a fresh arm. The bullpen was tasked with 5.1 innings yesterday.
So, the Twins continue to dip into their AAA reliever pool with the call up of Boshers. Buddy joins Brandon Kintzler and Taylor Rogers on the active roster as relievers who began the season in Rochester.
The move also means that the Twins will be rolling with an 8 man bullpen for the time being. Don’t expect the Twins to keep such an arrangement for very long, especially with pressing offensive and defensive needs.
They’ll likely use 8 men for a few days until the ‘pen arms are more rested. At that point, Boshers could be sent back down or perhaps Minnesota will opt to demote the struggling Trevor May or Ryan Pressly.
Boshers has performed well at AAA so far this season and has major league experience. Boshers first surfaced with the Angels in 2013 and appeared in 15.1 innings with a 4.70 ERA, 3.11 FIP and 1.370 WHIP. He spent 2015 in independent ball but the Twins gave a shot in spring training this year and he performed well.
The 28 year old has posted a 1.42 ERA, 1.000 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 19 innings with Rochester this year. He hasn’t surrendered a home run and has just 5 walks. Bosher has maintained a solid K/BB ratio throughout his professional career as well as limiting the long ball.
He comes with great AAA stats this season, an awesome baseball name but it remains to be seen whether he can bring any stability to one of the league’s worst bullpens.