On August 11, Twins relief pitcher Jose Mijares tore his meniscus. He had surgery to repair it. He will possibly return to the Twins later this year, but isn’t expected back for a few weeks. Then, on August 21, fellow relief pitcher Ron Mahay tore his rotator cuff. Mahay is also expected to undergo surgery, but is not expected to return this season.
So, on August 25, the Twins claimed left-handed relief pitcher Randy Flores off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. Two days later, they acquired relief pitcher Brian Fuentes, also left-handed, from the Los Angeles Angels. The Twins made these transactions to replace Mijares and Mahay, who are both left-handed. Here is a little bit about Flores and Fuentes.
- This season with the Rockies, Flores was 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA (Earned Run Average) in just over 27 innings pitched. He allowed 22 hits and 13 walks this year with them. Flores has made one appearance with the Twins. He got only 1 out, gave up 2 hits, and walked 1. For an article about Flores, click here!
- Fuentes had been with the Angels since the beginning of 2009. He has been to the All-Star Game 4 times in his career! He had been the closer for the Angels, but will be used mostly as a setup man (the pitcher who usually pitches the inning before the closer) by the Twins. Last year, Fuentes led the American League with 48 saves! So far this year, he has 23. Though he faced only one batter in his Twins debut on August 28, he struck him out, so that’s a good start! To read the full article on Fuentes, click here!
Though I’m sure Flores is pretty good, I am more excited about the Twins acquiring Fuentes. After all, he is a four-time All-Star! These new pitchers, especially Fuentes, will help the Twins get deep into the postseason!
Written by: Sam Graves