MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins designated relief pitcher Matt Magill for assignment Thursday, July 18, a day after the right-hander gave up six unearned runs in a blowout loss to the New York Mets.
Magill, who began the year on the injured list, gave up 21 runs (14 earned) in 28 1/3 innings with the Twins this season.
The 29-year-old, who had a 4.45 earned-run average, was out of options.
Going into Wednesday’s game, when six unearned runs scored after outfielder Eddie Rosario dropped a fly ball that would have ended the inning, Magill had given up just one run in his last month of work.
“Matty was exceptionally thankful to the organization, and we’re thankful to him,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “I think, again, he’s got great stuff. I think he goes out there and does a good job. He certainly has the stuff to go out there and compete against major league hitters, and I expect to see him out there doing so going forward.”
In a corresponding move, the Twins called up starter Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Rochester to fill Magill’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Stewart has a 4.15 ERA in four games with the Twins this year (two starts). In his past two outings, both in relief, he has thrown a combined 5 1/3 scoreless frames.
Stewart had a 6.28 ERA in 14 games — 13 starts — with Triple-A Rochester, where he has spent most of his season. Baldelli praised Stewart for adapting, no matter what role the team has given him this season.
“We’ve put him in some pretty interesting spots, just calling him up and sending him out there against some pretty good teams in some tough situations, and he’s taken to it,” Baldelli said. “He’s taken to it and thrown strikes and kept us in games and given us quality innings, and he’s done a very nice job and we expect him to fall into that kind of role and help us in a number of ways.”
The move comes after the Twins designated Adalberto Mejia for assignment on Saturday and Mike Morin on Tuesday.
The Twins now have four open spots on their 40-man roster. The team is expected be active before the July 31 trade deadline.
Byron Buxton was at Target Field on Thursday, doing some baseball activities, including running and throwing, Baldelli said.
He said the center fielder appeared to be doing well energy-wise and is “feeling a lot better.”
Buxton is on the seven-day concussion list after slamming into the ground while making a diving catch Saturday in Cleveland.
“He’s certainly very important to our group, definitely on the field, but in the clubhouse and on the bench as well,” Baldelli said. “But related to the issues that he’s dealing with right now, the most important thing for him is to rest and is to get off his feet when he can and hydrate.”
Jonathan Schoop was out of the lineup for the second straight game after suffering a mild abdominal strain. He is day-to-day.