It was my impression that a 13 pitcher roster would be temporary and was a preemptive move to cover a weak starting rotation.
Sooner or later, a move will have to be made to reduce the staff to 12.Two questions: who goes down and who comes up?
Note:I am limiting this discussion to a pitcher-to-hitter substitution.I will leave discussions of Berrios for Meija / Gibson or, say, Reginatto for (D.) Santana for other posts.
Sent down?Taylor Rogers has the highest WHIP among relievers.Tonkin has only 2 appearances.Breslow has only pitched 1.2 innings.
I list the last two of these not because of their quality, but because, it seems that so far, they have been the least needed.
Catcher (I know many are clamoring for Mitch-- I will leave the debate of three catchers to those posts)
Any 1 of three 1B(Park, Paulsen, Vargas)?This will allow Mauer to rest for, oh, the next 300 games or so (until his contract expires-- although he is playing 1B at a Gold Glove level))
Palka?He could play RF.
My guess would be Tonkin down and Park up.