Twins recall Arcia from Triple-A Rochester
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins officially recalled outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester on Monday to take the place of outfielder Wilkin Ramirez, who was placed on the paternity list on Sunday.
Arcia, ranked as the No. 93 overall prospect according to MLB.com, was in the lineup against the Angels, batting seventh and starting in left field to mark his Major League debut.
Arcia, 21, said he was notified of the decision that he would be called up by Rochester manager Gene Glynn on Saturday after the Red Wings played in a doubleheader. He added that he told Twins manager Ron Gardenhire he was willing to play wherever they put him even though he’s mostly been used in right field throughout his Minor League career.
“I told him I was ready to play wherever,” Arcia said through translator Bobby Cuellar.
Left field, center, right — I played all of these all the time in Venezuela.”
Gardenhire added that Arcia was originally slated to start at designated hitter but Josh Willingham came in feeling sick, so Willingham was out of the lineup with Arcia getting the start in left. Ryan Doumit started at DH.
Arcia, who was the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year last season, was off to a hot start at Triple-A, hitting .414 with three homers, two doubles and eight RBIs in nine games.
“We wanted a guy who could swing it and he’s been swinging it pretty good,” Gardenhire said. “So he’ll come up here and we’ll see what happens. Hopefully he’ll have some fun. The kid can hit.”
But Arcia’s stay with the Twins could be short, as Ramirez — whose fiancé, Karaine, gave birth to a daughter named Venus on Sunday in New Jersey — is expected to rejoin the Twins on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Arcia, though, said the coaching staff hasn’t discussed with him if there’s a chance he can stick on the roster if he impresses against the Angels.
“I really don’t know,” Arcia said. “Nobody has really told me.”