MILWAUKEE – Kennys Vargas has gotten discouraged at times about his place with the Twins. That will happen when you end up on what manager Paul Molitor calls “the shuttle.”
Vargas’ fourth stint with the Twins this season began and ended Wednesday, when he was called up to replace Adalberto Mejia, then sent down after the game to make room for Thursday's starter Dietrich Enns. He’s been sent down to Class AAA Rochester four times now. So many visits to Rochester will make one think.
“It’s a tough process,” he said. “When you play in the big leagues and you go down, you are like, ‘What am I doing here?’” Vargas said. “You have to deal with that, keep focused and keep working on defense and hitting.
“For me, my family it is very important. They give me support. My wife sees me down and says, ‘Oh, you can do it.’”
Vargas batted just .224 during his recent 19-game stint with Rochester but did hit five home runs and draw 11 walks.
“I don’t think anyone enjoys the shuttle, and he has been on it more than anybody,” Molitor said. “We all know he’s played well and he’s impacted this team at times, as he has with the Red Wings.”