Twins recall Tonkin to take Gibson’s roster spot
DETROIT — The Twins recalled right-handed reliever Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday to take the spot of right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was optioned to Rochester after his start on Monday.
Tonkin, 23, has a combined 2.39 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 13 walks in 52 2/3 innings between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester this year. He also made his lone Major League appearance with the Twins on July 11, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Rays, when left-hander Caleb Thielbar was on the bereavement list.
He’s regarded as one of the organization’s top relief prospects, as he possesses a mid-90s fastball and a hard slider he uses as his out pitch. He showed off his big arm when he struck out Rays star Evan Longoria with a 96 mph fastball in his debut with the Twins.
But his stint with the Twins could be a short one again, as the club is without a starter for Saturday’s game against the Indians with Gibson sent down to Rochester.
The Twins could opt to use long reliever Anthony Swarzak in a spot start or could call up a starter from Triple-A such as Liam Hendriks, Scott Diamond or P.J. Walters.