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Minnesota Twins: Duffey called up to replace injured Milone

Two days after allowing a career-high 11 hits against the Seattle Mariners, Twins left-hander Tommy Milone is headed to the 15-day disabled list. Milone reported soreness after Friday's start and was diagnosed Saturday with a strained left flexor...

Two days after allowing a career-high 11 hits against the Seattle Mariners, Twins left-hander Tommy Milone is headed to the 15-day disabled list.
Milone reported soreness after Friday’s start and was diagnosed Saturday with a strained left flexor tendon near his elbow.
Right-hander Tyler Duffey will be recalled from Class AAA Rochester to start on Wednesday in Toronto. It will be the major-league debut for Duffey, a 24-year-old former fifth-rounder from Rice University.
“He’s gone down and had a really consistent year,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “We talked about options to come up and help us out right now. We think where he’s at and how he’s been pitching, he’s a guy we don’t think is going to be intimidated or fearful of challenging a major-league lineup, even one like Toronto’s playing in their home park.”
Duffey, who was pulled after two innings and 36 pitches on Saturday night, has gone a combined 6-8 with a 2.56 ERA in 21 starts this year for Class AA Chattanooga and the Red Wings. At Rochester he is 4-6 with a 2.72 ERA.
Right-hander Trevor May was considered as well, but he has been working out of the bullpen for the past month and isn’t stretched out enough to work six-plus innings, Molitor said.
Others to receive consideration were right-hander Jose Berrios and left-hander Taylor Rogers.
“We looked at our options,” Molitor said. “(Berrios’) name was brought up. The people that we talked to down there - pitching coach, manager, our scouts that have seen him also - they thought Duffey would be more prepared or qualified to be the guy to get this opportunity.”
In order to make room for Duffy on the 40-man roster, reliever Ryan Pressly (strained lat) was moved to the 60-day disabled list. He will now be eligible to return on Sept. 5.
Milone, who opened the year in the rotation and was recalled from Rochester in early June, has gone 5-3 with a 3.76 ERA in 14 starts for the Twins this year. In his first three starts since the all-star break, Milone has gone 0-2 with a 7.98 ERA and six home runs allowed in
14 2/3 innings.

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