Who would go when the Twins were back to full strength was debated long and hard by Twins Daily posters. With the return of Mitch Garver on Sunday and the near-certain return of Nelson Cruz on Tuesday in time for the Cleveland series, we have our answer. Luis Arraez was optioned last night after the completion of the series with Tampa Bay.
Arraez was outstanding in his cameo appearance. In about 30 plate appearances, he hit .375, with an OPS of 1.050, he hit a home run, stole a base and only struck out once while drawing five walks. He played well in the field, and showed versatility, logging innings at second, short and third. Luis got his at-bats as Baldelli ran an assortment of players through the DH spot in the lineup while Cruz was on the injured list. So, Cruz' return ends Arraez current stint with the big club.
Arraez will get Triple A reps and be ready in the event of an injury. He and Jake Cave will provide major-league ready depth in Rochester. The club has no position players on the injured list currently and that will change during the next three months.
If the Twins need to add another pitcher, it would appear that the next to go is Astudillo. Willians bat numbers have declined and while he is a satisfactory receiver, he will definitely be the third catcher, a luxury most teams can't afford for a whole season.
The Twins' current bench has the alternate catcher and three truly versatile players, who have all started games this year at at least four positions--Marwin Gonzalez, Ehire Adrianza and Astudillo--well set up to provide rest for the nominal starters.