Darnell signed a minor-league deal with Washington on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Darnell hasn't appeared in a major-league contest since the 2014 season with the Twins, as he's toiled around the minors during the past few years for Minnesota, and most recently, Tampa Bay. He pitched in 74.2 innings with Double-A Montgomery within the Rays' system in 2017, posting a 3.98 ERA and 1.48 WHIP while holding a 54:16 K:BB. Looking ahead, he will likely begin the upcoming season for one of the Nationals' affiliates, and isn't expected to make much of an impact for the big-league club.
Darnell signed a minor-league deal the Rays on Thursday and was assigned to Double-A Montgomery. The left-hander spun a nice debut for the Biscuits on Thursday, going seven innings and allowing one run with four strikeouts. Darnell will merely provide organizational depth for Tampa Bay, though. The 28-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014.
Darnell signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Thursday, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports. Darnell was pitching in independent ball prior to this deal, although he does hold some major-league experience thanks to his 2014 stint with the Twins. However, he only managed to post a 7.13 ERA in that cup of coffee with Minnesota, so he'll likely spend most of his time with his new organization as an organizational depth piece.
Darnell has been placed on the 7-day DL at Triple-A Rochester with a sore left shoulder, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Darnell auditioned as a lefty reliever in spring training, but has been a starter at Triple-A. He's having a decent season with a 3.53 ERA but just a 4.4 K/9.
Darnell was re-assigned to Minnesota's minor league camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Darnell was in competition for a bullpen role this spring. It will be interesting to see if he stays in the bullpen at Triple-A. The Twins are short on quality lefty specialists, so Darnell could work his way back to the majors this summer in that role.
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