Colome gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Reds to raise his ERA to 5.40. Colome began the season as Minnesota's closer, but he was moved to low-leverage roles after he struggled with a 8.31 ERA and three blown saves in April. He has improved since with a 4.00 ERA and 8.0 K/9 since May 1, but walks remain an issue as he has a 4.0 BB/9 over that span. He'll likely remain in middle relief and lower-leverage roles unless he improves significantly for a long stretch. Since he's on a one-year deal, it's also likely he's traded or released at some point in the next month or so with the Twins far out of playoff contention.
Colome is being moved to a lower-leverage role for the time being, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Manager Rocco Baldelli said he spoke to Colome earlier Tuesday to let him know. Taylor Rogers will likely get the majority of the save chances for now, while Hansel Robles might be the next man up. Colome is 2-for-5 in save chances and has given up 10 hits and six earned runs over his last four innings (five appearances).
Colome served up a walkoff two-run home run to Jordan Luplow, the lone batter he faced Monday in Minnesota's 5-3 loss to Cleveland in 10 innings. Entering a 3-3 game with no outs and a runner on second, Colome threw only three pitches before Luplow took him deep to end the game. It was yet another meltdown in a high-leverage spot for Colome, who already has three losses and three blown saves on his ledger. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli suggested after the game that he still trusts Colome in big spots, but the 32-year-old has unquestionably lost some security in the closer's role since the start of the season. Taylor Rogers has already picked up a save and has yet to let in a run over 9.1 innings, making him the top candidate to get a look as the closer if the Twins ultimately choose to yank Colome from the job.
Colome (1-2) took the loss and blew his third save of the season Wednesday, giving up four runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks over 1.2 innings as the Twins fell 13-12 to the A's in 10 innings. He struck out one. Minnesota's defense completely fell apart after Byron Buxton had given the team a two-run lead in the top of the 10th, as errors by Travis Blankenhorn at second base and Luis Arraez at third handed the win to Oakland. Even with the unearned runs cushioning the blow to his ratios, Colome sports a 5.63 ERA through eight innings, and while his 8:2 K:BB is solid, manager Rocco Baldelli may have to start looking to other options in save situations.
Colome (1-1) picked up the win Thursday after tossing a scoreless ninth frame against the Red Sox. He allowed one hit and no walks while striking out two. Colome came into a tied ninth inning and held things in check to position Minnesota for the win. The 32-year-old let Christian Arroyo break through with a double but otherwise stood his ground. It was a reassuring bounce-back outing for Colome after he imploded for three runs on four hits in his last appearance. Colome has tallied two saves so far this season.
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