Just when you think the Minnesota Twins are poised to make a run, they put up quite the stinker on Monday night, losing to the recently streaking yet hapless Cleveland Indians.
But the Twins hope to find relief – literally – by calling up pitcher Anthony Slama from Triple-A Rochester.
Slama was added to the 40-man roster following Monday’s game after Clay Condrey was placed on the 60-day DL. Fellow reliever Alex Burnett was optioned to Triple-A.
Fans have been asking for Slama to get called up for over a year. This season, the 26-year-old righty has pitched 52 2/3 innings, striking out 64 with a 1.71 ERA. Over the course of his minor league career, half of the outs he’s been recorded were by way of strikeout.
Interesting to point out that despite Slama’s dominance, he’s given up an earned run in each of his last three appearances.
Who knows why it’s taken so long for him to get "the call" when he’s seemingly done everything he can to dominate in the minor leagues. He’s hardly fit the bill as a big-time prospect when he entered the farm system, but the organization finally reached a point where it couldn’t ignore the intrigue surrounding him.