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Twins send Chargois to Rochester, more cuts should be coming

The Twins on Friday optioned righthander J.T. Chargois to Class AAA Rochester, ending a rough spring for the bullpen prospect.

Chargois was one of the favorites to break camp with the major league team but simply didn't pitch well, giving up eight earned runs over 81/3 innings, including two home runs. Opponents batted .410 against him. It was bad enough that he fell behind hitters, but he remained fastball intensive when behind in the count. They also want him to work on holding runners on base better. 

Clearly, Chargois fumbled his opportunity.

The Twins now have 43 players in camp - a big number for this time of year. I would not be surprised if they make more cuts either after tonight's game or before tomorrow night's game in Sarasota.

The Puerto Rican Twins players arrived in the clubhouse this afternoon - some came straight from the airport. Eddie Rosario and Kennys Vargas are in the starting lineup. Hector Santiago hopes to last five innings or 75 pitches when he takes the mound tomorrow. With the Puerto Ricans back, the Twins can focus on getting their roster figured out before Opening Day.

Heard that Adalberto Mejia and Tyler Duffey will pitch in minor league games tomorrow. Duffey is listed as the starter tomorrow night but that is being changed do Santiago can face the Orioles. But Mejia and Duffey need to be stretched out, too. Don't give up on Duffey making the team, perhaps as a reliever.

Orioles

Ryan Flaherty, 2B
Paul Janish, SS
Pedro Alvarez, RF
Trey Mancini, 1B
Hyun Soo Kim, Lf
Chris Johnson, 3B
Chance Sisco, DH
Caleb Joseph, C
Aneury Tavarez, CF

Mike Wright, RHP

Twins

Brian Dozier, 2B
Max Kepler, RF
Byron Buxton, CF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, 3B
Jason Castro, C
Jorge Polanco, SS
Kennys Vargas, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF

Ervin Santana, RHP

Today's Twins relievers include one hard throwing prospect

There's an interesting name on the travel roster today as the Twins face the Phillies in Clearwater.

Nick Burdi, the Twins' second round pick in 2014, is on the list. Burdi is a fire-throwing righthander who can touch 100 mph with his fastball but pitched in only three games last season because of a bone bruise in his elbow. He's back this year and could pitch his way to Target Field.

Maybe he will be motivated by his younger brother, Zack. Zack Burdi is pitching well for the White Sox and could get into the bullpen mix there.

While the Twins figure out their major league bullpen, they wait for Burdi and other hard throwing relievers to get in gear. Burdi, Jake Reed, Tyler Jay, Randy Rosario and Mason Melotakis either throw hard, have nasty stuff or both. But injuries and struggles have slowed their development and advancement up the ladder.

This is a big year for all of them, as the Twins need big arms in their bullpen like they need air to breathe.

Just because he's on the list doesn't mean he will pitch today. Teams usually travel with more pitchers than innings to pitch in.

After Nick Tepesch starts, Buddy Boshers, Justin Haley, Ryan Pressly, Henry Centeno (Juan's brother????), John Curtiss, and Confesor Lara are on the list with Burdi.

Tepesch is making his first start this spring. He's got a shot at a long relief role if he can finish strong. He's a former draft pick of the Rangers and a former teammate of Kyle Gibson at Missouri. His career hit a rough patch in 2015 when he had elbow problems and then needed surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.


Twins

J.B. Shuck, LF
Bengie Gonzalez, 2B
Max Kepler, CF
ByungHo Park, 1B
Jorge Polanco, SS
Matt Hague, DH
Ehire Adrianza, 3B
John Ryan Murphy, C
Tommy Field, RF

Nick Tepesch, RHP

Phillies

Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Howie Kendrick, LF
Odubel Herrera, CF
Maikel Franco, 3B
Michael Saunders, RF
Tommy Joseph, 1B
Cameron Rupp, DH
Andrew Knapp, C
Freddy Galvis, SS

Aaron Nola, RHP