Minnesota Twins DFA'd a reliever, but it's not who you're thinking

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While the start to this season for the Minnesota Twins has gone better than expected, not everything has gone well.

After starting the season 4-0, Minnesota fell into a 1-6 slump that it's only now seemingly pulling itself out of. Back-to-back wins over the Nationals and Yankees have the team pointed in the right direction, and the front office is hoping to keep it that way.

On Tuesday the Twins made a number of moves, one of which was calling up Brock Stewart to the Big League roster. It's a pretty outstanding moment for Stewart, who hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2019 and has finally made the through the long journey back.

His first appearance on the mound will no doubt be an emotional one, but it comes at a cost for a few other arms in the Twins system. Bailey Ober was sent back down Triple-A and will rejoin the Saints to make room for Stewart.

One complication was that Stewart wasn't on the 40-man roster, which meant another corresponding move needed to be made. To make room, Trevor Megill was designated for assignment.

Minnesota Twins DFA Trevor Megill to make room for Brock Stewart

Megill isn't the pitcher that Twins fans were expecting to hear getting DFA'd, as there are a few other frustrating candidates that can be pointed to first. Emilio Pagán drew the ire of fans last week when he got lit up by the Boston Red Sox after replacing an injured Kenta Maeda.

Fans are also finding it hard to stomach the apperances that Jovani Moran has turned in lately, and recency bias has them extra fired up. Moran blew a save back in Boston and immeditely loaded the bases in a relief apperance on Monday against the Yankees.

Position players are finding their way into the crosshairs of fans as well. Max Kepler had a bounce back game against New York on Monday but has largely been an offensive disappointment this year. Jose Miranda has struggled at the plate as well, but realistically neither of those players are even remotely in danger of getting DFA'd regardless of how worked up fans are.

It's a bummer to see Megill designated for assignment, but that shouldn't take away from how awesome it is to see Stewart return to the Bigs. He posted a 2.08 ERA and allowed two runs in 8 2/3 innings with two saves, two walks, and 17 strikeouts in seven games this season for the Saints, which is juxtaposed against 14 runs on nine hits in 9 2/3 innings pitched at St. Paul for Megill