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http://m.startribune...?section=sports   Bummer. He sounds pretty pissed about it. Best of luck to him in the future.
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Twins Claim LHP Adam Wilk From Mets

Wednesday afternoon, the Twins announced that they have claimed left-handed starting pitcher Adam Wilk from the New York Mets. The move puts the Twins roster back at 40.

UPDATE: Following the announcement that the Twins game in Chicago on Wednesday night was postponed to August, the Twins announced that Drew Rucinski had been optioned to Rochester to make room for Wilk.
Image courtesy of Anthony Gruppuso, USA Today
There is speculation, maybe an assumption, that he will start for the Twins on Saturday.

He made just one start for the Mets this season. He made five starts for the Mets AAA affiliate in Las Vegas where he went 2-3 with a 5.91 ERA.

Wilk is 29 years old. He made eight appearances for the Detroit Tigers between the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He did not pitch again in the big leagues until 2015 when he pitched two innings for the Angels. He spent 2013 in Korea.

His one start for the Mets was an "emergency" start on Sunday when he pitched in place of the suspended Matt Harvey. He gave up six runs (5 earned) on eight hits (including three homers) and a walk in 3.2 innings.

Maybe it's just me, but this feels like a move completely meant to be a stop-gap. Maybe it's one start on Saturday. Maybe it's a couple of starts before Jose Berrios, Adalberto Mejia or Kyle Gibson are ready to come back to the Twins.

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bluechipper
May 10 2017 01:48 PM

So Andrew Albers to Pat Dean to Adam Wilk. What a joke.

    • rukavina, Mike Sixel, Oldgoat_MN and 10 others like this
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LA VIkes Fan
May 10 2017 01:49 PM

Say what? Why exactly? I just hope this is for the bullpen and not to keep Berrios in Rochester but it sure looks like that's the case. 

    • birdwatcher, Jerr, Oldgoat_MN and 5 others like this
I just hope this guy and the guy we got for Santana are not going to he making starts over Berrios.
    • Jerr, bluechipper, curt1965 and 5 others like this
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bluechipper
May 10 2017 01:51 PM

 

Say what? Why exactly? I just hope this is for the bullpen and not to keep Berrios in Rochester but it sure looks like that's the case. 

If he's going to the bullpen, I'm fine with it, but he's basically only started in his career.

    • d-mac likes this

There is absolutely nothing in this guy's history that even hints he could be an effective major league pitcher. He has been awful.

    • Jerr, Oldgoat_MN, bluechipper and 5 others like this
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NapoleonComplex
May 10 2017 01:52 PM

I had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st. How is this move necessary when we have Berrios or Gibson can come back up to make the start Saturday? Gibson may not be on schedule for a start Saturday, but I'd take him on short rest over this guy.

    • Jerr, Mike Sixel and Doomtints like this

What happened to, "it's going to be either Mejia or Berrios"?

    • birdwatcher, Vanimal46, d-mac and 2 others like this
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Brandon Warne
May 10 2017 01:54 PM

Gibson can't come up on Saturday. 

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yarnivek1972
May 10 2017 01:55 PM

I had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st. How is this move necessary when we have Berrios or Gibson can come back up to make the start Saturday? Gibson may not be on schedule for a start Saturday, but I'd take him on short rest over this guy.


Gibson won't be eligible, unless someone was placed on the DL.

Yuk!!!

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ChiTownTwinsFan
May 10 2017 01:56 PM

ugh.

    • Jerr, curt1965 and bighat like this

He makes Pat Dean look like Cy Young.

    • bighat likes this

I think it almost goes without saying, but this is definitely an "old front office" style move...

 

What kind of plan is in place here, when with only 1 starter injury (Trevor May), 40% of the rotation in mid-May is Nick Tepesch and Adam Wilk?  And we're only a game out of first place...

    • Jerr, Oldgoat_MN, notoriousgod71 and 5 others like this
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milldaddy35
May 10 2017 01:59 PM

Why?? Just why? This seems more like a TR move. 

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bluechipper
May 10 2017 02:00 PM

 

Maybe it's just me, but this feels like a move completely meant to be a stop-gap. Maybe it's one start on Saturday. Maybe it's a couple of starts before Jose Berrios, Adalberto Mejia or Kyle Gibson are ready to come back to the Twins.

If Berrios or Mejia isn't ready now, I don't know what an extra 2 starts is going to do to get them ready. Wasting starts on a guy who is almost guaranteed to be bad instead of giving Berrios his chance is just so disappointing.

    • ChiTownTwinsFan, Dantes929, Oldgoat_MN and 5 others like this

I love the fact that Tommy Milone replaced him on the Mets' roster. What does that tell you?

    • glunn, pbrezeasap, Oldgoat_MN and 8 others like this

Lulz

 

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yarnivek1972
May 10 2017 02:02 PM

I think it almost goes without saying, but this is definitely an "old front office" style move...

What kind of plan is in place here, when with only 1 starter injury (Trevor May), 40% of the rotation in mid-May is Nick Tepesch and Adam Wilk? And we're only a game out of first place...


I actually don't think so. Terry Ryan was more in love with his own prospects. He wouldn't go outside midseason unless he had to.

If Wilk does start Saturday it speaks volumes as to what Falvey thinks of Berrios specifically and the Twins pitching prospects in general. At least two should be promoted to AAA.

 

Maybe it's just me, but this feels like a move completely meant to be a stop-gap. Maybe it's one start on Saturday. Maybe it's a couple of starts before Jose Berrios, Adalberto Mejia or Kyle Gibson are ready to come back to the Twins.

There's no need for a "stop gap" here.Nobody is hurt.Gibson was just demoted with full knowledge that he would be down for 10 days and probably more.Berrios and Mejia don't have some sort of magic switch that will get flipped in their next few AAA appearances.

This is a deliberate plan to use lousy pitchers in games that matter, for no discernable gain...

    • USAFChief, Jerr, Oldgoat_MN and 8 others like this

 

What is the point of handing starts to older players who are barely replacement level? We've been waiting for a winner for six years. And if we can't see a winner, we sure as heck would like to see guys who have potential to make this team, and make it great. 

 

Jose Berrios has proven all he can at AAA. Aldaberto Mejia is a young starter with upside. Why are we giving starts to Nick Tepesch and Adam Wilk? Why???

 

This team deserves its declining season ticket base. This is just trash. 

    • Jerr, pbrezeasap, gil4 and 9 others like this
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John Bonnes
May 10 2017 02:03 PM

The most entertaining thing about this move is why they Mets released Wilk: they  had to make room for Tommy Milone. Who, of course is left-handed and started for the Twins. 

 

I cannot figure out why this team is so damn determined to keep Berrios in AAA.

    • Jerr, pbrezeasap, gil4 and 16 others like this
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bluechipper
May 10 2017 02:04 PM

 

I think it almost goes without saying, but this is definitely an "old front office" style move...

 

What kind of plan is in place here, when with only 1 starter injury (Trevor May), 40% of the rotation in mid-May is Nick Tepesch and Adam Wilk?  And we're only a game out of first place...

And with Berrios sitting at AAA with a 1.13 ERA.

    • Oldgoat_MN, notoriousgod71, tarheeltwinsfan and 4 others like this
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yarnivek1972
May 10 2017 02:05 PM

I love the fact that Tommy Milone replaced him on the Mets' roster. What does that tell you?

I saw that too. **shakes head**

Can we break out the pitchforks now or should we wait until we hear the company lie?


Oops, darn auto correct. I meant "line".

Or did I?
    • LaBombo, Oldgoat_MN, IndyTwinsFan and 2 others like this

Nick Tepesch and the guy who was just Wally Pipped by Tommy Milone are possibly both in line to start games this week?

 

This can't be real life can it? 

 

Did the Wonder Twins stumble upon a Ouija board inhabited by the soul of a previous dumpster diving GM?

 

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LA VIkes Fan
May 10 2017 02:09 PM

Wow, is the FO this far down on Berrios and Mejia?  I agree with Seth, this looks like a stop gap for a few starts. Maybe this is Tepesch insurance? Like if Tepesch stinks again Thursday, then he gets optioned/DFA'd  for this guy? Are they holding Berrios down in AAA because they are working on a blockbuster trade to get an established starter and Berrios is an essential piece? Who goes to make room for the once promising and now higly underrated Adam Wilk? I just don't get it. 

 

I'm hoping that there is a deep, intricate strategy of which this is a part that simply unknowable to the layman such as myself. I've been a big fan of the new FO but I don't get this one at all. 

 

On a happier note, I predicted at least 8 pitchers would start 3 or more games for the Twins this year. It looks like Tepesch is going to be #6 and it looks like Wilk could be #7. 

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