The Minnesota Twins made some roster moves Wednesday including most notably placing Addison Reed on the disabled list with forearm tightness.
The Minnesota Twins are finally giving up on the idea of letting Addison Reed work through whatever exactly has been hindering his performances. Reed hit the disabled list Wednesday with what the Twins are calling right forearm tightness. The Twins will turn to Alan Busenitz in Reed’s absence.
It has been a tough season for Reed as his performance struggles already led to a week off from pitching in June. Now here a couple of weeks into July he is landing on the disabled list for the first time in his career. Further information on the injury came from Paul Molitor as he let it be known that an MRI revealed inflammation that was causing an impingement in Reed’s elbow.
The Twins are playing it down as no big deal, but I never feel too confident about saying anything with an elbow will be “just fine.” Without knowing what was going on with Reed, Twitter seemed to be full of concerns about a possible Reed injury after his most recent outing. The most recent is just more to what has been one of his worst seasons as a pro. He currently holds a 4.83 ERA over 41 appearances and has been credited with three blown saves.
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Outside of the knowledge of an injury, another answer to what is wrong with Reed may be found in his dip in velocity. Reed’s velocity has been declining over his years of pitching and has taken a further decline in 2018. After averaging 92 mph on his fastball in 2017 for most of the season, Reeds velocity has been around 91 mph for most of 2018 and as low as 90 on average here in July.
The Twins are on the hook for Reed for the rest of this season and for next season. Hopefully, a DL stint can right whatever is wrong with Reed.
Cameron Rupp released
In what is a somewhat expected move at this point, the Twins released veteran Cameron Rupp. Rupp had a July 15th opt-out date in his contract and since the Twins do not seem to have any plans to call him up to the majors they released him. Rupp was brought in as depth after the Twins learned that Jason Castro would be out for the rest of the season with his knee injury. At Triple-A Rochester Rupp had hit .141/.263/.281 in 20 games.