CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Twins designated Adalberto Mejia, who was out of options, for assignment on Saturday, July 12, to make room for starter Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi (blister) was reinstated from the injured list to start on Saturday at Progressive Field against the Indians.
Mejia, who spent more than two months on the injured list after dealing with a right calf strain earlier this season, had an 8.80 earned-run average in 15 1/3 innings in 2019. He pitched for the Twins for parts of four seasons, posting a 2.01 ERA in five games (four starts) last season.
The lefty rejoined the team earlier this month after he completed a rehab assignment. After his return, he gave up four runs in four innings.
“Obviously, we wanted to keep Mejia here. He’s got a great arm. He’s got a great arm from the left side. He’s made some adjustments. He’s done a nice job for us at different times this year,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “I just think it is one of those very challenging decisions that there’s no real good answer here. We had to make the best decision at the time for us. Unfortunately, it was him.”
Their 40-man roster is now at 38.
Morin reflects on Skaggs
A night before Tyler Skaggs would have turned 28, the Los Angeles Angels did their best to honor the pitcher, who died suddenly earlier this month in Texas.
There was an emotional pregame ceremony to celebrate the pitcher on Friday night, a 45-second moment of silence and a perfect strike from his mother, Debbie, who threw out the first pitch. Every Angels player wore both his name and number on his back.
And then the Angels did the improbable. Off a mound with Skaggs’ No. 45 stenciled into it, the team tossed a combined no-hitter. It was the first home game since Skaggs’ passing. After the game, they took off their jerseys and laid them on the mound.
Twins reliever Mike Morin, a former Angels teammate of Skaggs’, watched the end of the game in Cleveland. His fiancé, Amy Nece, was in Anaheim, sharing a suite with Skaggs’ wife, Carli. Earlier in the week, Morin and Nece had visited with Carli in California.
“It’s kind of hard to fully grasp how special of a day, how special of a game it is,” Morin said. “Watching the video tribute — a minute and 45 seconds — and the moment of silence, they did a tremendous job. Rightfully so. And them all wearing Skaggs jerseys. … The one thing I will forever remember is those jerseys on the mound.”
Morin, C.J. Cron and Blake Parker all played with Skaggs in Anaheim — the first two for four seasons. They were all at his wedding in December, and Morin said the trio has been able to lean on each other since his passing.
“You just do life together,” Morin said. “…Naturally, we all become close. We all become a family. And when you lose one of your family members, it’s pretty devastating.”