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Twins call up Tyler Duffey, send down Andrew Vasquez

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Tyler Duffey (56) pitches during a game last season against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tyler Duffey was getting ready for bed around 11:30 p.m. or so on Monday night, April 15, in Rochester, New York, when his Triple-A manager Joel Skinner called.

With Rochester preparing for a Tuesday doubleheader, Duffey had figured he would be pitching. Instead, his Tuesday consisted of a flight to Minneapolis where he rejoined the Twins. Andrew Vasquez was sent down to make room for Duffey on the roster.

Vasquez, who came up on April 10 when Chase De Jong was optioned back to Rochester, pitched in just one outing. He hit a batter and walked two in a loss last week to the New York Mets.

Now, Duffey is back to slot into the bullpen.

“The reports were essentially he was throwing the ball very well,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “That’s not always going to be the biggest factor in whether or not someone’s coming. Obviously, we want guys to be feeling good and coming in with a good frame of mind, but I think for Tyler, I think this is a really good thing and the right time to get him up here. I think he’s coming up here on a relative high note and I think he’s feeling pretty good about what he’s doing.”

Duffey, in three outings for Rochester this year, had posted a 1.50 ERA. He had struck out 11 batters in his six innings pitched. He said that in terms of fastball usage and the timing of pitches, he felt like what he was working on this spring had started to come into sync.

“I’ve obviously put up some pretty decent numbers in the first couple of outings,” Duffey said. “Hopefully, that continues and I can just stay here instead of making this trip back and forth.”


Matt Magill threw a scoreless inning on Tuesday as he began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester.He walked a batter and gave up a hit but struck out two in his inning against the Syracuse Mets.

Magill had stayed back in Fort Myers, Fla., as he was dealing with shoulder tendinitis. Gabriel Moya, who had also been dealing with shoulder tendinitis, is expected to begin his rehab assignment soon too.

Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said Moya would go to Double-A Pensacola for rehab.


The Twins’ third baseman was noticeably missing from the clubhouse on Tuesday. For good reason, though.

Miguel Sano has now embarked on the next step of his rehab process.

Sano left for Fort Myers, Fla., where he will undergo an abbreviated version of spring training as he works his way back.

The cut on his lower-right Achillies area is now healed but Sano will still need some time to build himself up for a return.

Falvey said over the weekend that Sano likely would start playing in rehab games near the beginning of May.