De Jong gave up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out none across 4.1 innings in a no-decision against Oakland on Saturday. He contained the Athletics offense until the fifth inning, when Marcus Semien took him deep on a two-run blast. De Jong has a 3.86 ERA and 1.63 WHIP across 11.2 innings at the major-league level this season.
De Jong will start Saturday's game against the Royals. After earning a call to the big leagues earlier this month when rosters expanded, De Jong made his Twins debut last weekend versus these same Royals. Though it looked as though De Jong would only be making a spot start, he earned another turn through the rotation for the Twins' series in Kansas City after striking out five and allowing only five baserunners over four shutout innings. He'll likely be allowed to work deeper into Saturday's start should his performance warrant a longer leash.
De Jong tossed four scoreless innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Royals, allowing one hit and four walks with five strikeouts. De Jong made his first appearance of the season at the MLB level, and while he struggled to find the strike zone at times, he yielded just one hit while holding the opposition scoreless. He was lifted after throwing 73 pitches through four frames, but that could have had just as much to do with the team's recent use of the sixth starter's spot as it did with his own performance. De Jong could stick with the club through the end of the season, though it remains to be seen if it allows him a longer leash in his next outing.
De Jong will start Sunday's game against the Royals, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. The Twins have been using the sixth spot in their rotation to experiment with an opener lately, with Zack Littell being designated as the team's primary pitcher on those occasions. It appears Minnesota will put the opener strategy on hold this time, however. De Jong, who has started 26 games in the minors this season and worked five innings in his most recent outing for Triple-A Rochester on Monday, is sufficiently stretched out and shouldn't face any restrictions with his pitch count as he makes his Twins debut. Whether he receives additional turns through the rotation will likely be determined by how he performs Sunday.
De Jong was called up by Minnesota on Monday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. De Jong made his big-league debut for the Mariners last season, throwing 28.1 innings with an ugly 6.35 ERA. He's been much better in the minors this season, recording a 3.80 ERA for Double-A Arkansas and a 3.41 ERA for Triple-A Rochester.