Rogers threw a scoreless inning in Monday's loss at Pittsburgh in his first appearance of the regular season.
Rogers came into the game in the fifth inning which could indicate he'll have a slightly reduced role this season. His 30 holds led all of baseball last season, but he may not be used in as many high-leverage roles with the Twins adding Addison Reed, Fernando Rodney and Zach Duke. Rogers looked sharp after a struggling somewhat in spring training (6.57 ERA but 15 K in 12.1 innings).
Rogers gave up a run and three hits in one inning in Friday's spring training outing, but got a hold in the win. He's given up three runs in 5.3 innings this spring but with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Spring training stats are unlikely to matter for Rogers as he's set to make the bullpen as the top lefty reliever. He moved from being a lefty specialist in 2016 to the primary eighth-inning setup man for much of 2017. His 30 holds led all of baseball last season. Rogers dominates lefties (.560 OPS allowed in 2017) and improved slightly against righties last year (.766 OPS allowed vs. an .811 OPS allowed in 2016). He may have a slightly reduced role this season with the signing of Addison Reed, but he'll still figure prominently in the late innings.
Rogers is likely to be used as Minnesota's closer in the short term after Brandon Kintzler was traded to Washington, MLB.com reports.
Minnesota's bullpen didn't have a clear option at closer after Kintzler, as almost every setup man has struggled recently. Rogers was given a save chance Saturday with Kintzler unavailable, but he blew the chance by giving up a two-run homer. However, the team hasn't made a formal announcement, and the closer role may be in flux the rest of the season. Even if Rogers does get the first shot at the role, he may not keep it as, he's given up nine earned runs in his last three innings, including issuing four walks and serving up two home runs.
Rogers was given a chance to record the first save of his career, but gave up two runs on a home run in the ninth inning of Saturday's loss to Oakland. Brandon Kintzler was unavailable after throwing 99 pitches in the prior seven days, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Rogers has struggled the past week by giving up home runs in key spots that led to two blown leads. He's given up seven earned runs in his last 2.1 innings with three walks and two home runs allowed.
Rogers (5-2) took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits while striking out three in an inning of work Monday against the Dodgers.
Rogers' three strikeouts are little consolation for an outing that raised his ERA from 2.15 to 2.79. He was tasked with delivering a 4-3 eighth-inning lead intact to closer Brandon Kintzler, but failed to do so due to a three-run homer off the bat of Cody Bellinger. Rogers seems unlikely to move up to a ninth-inning role anytime soon given Kintzler's 27-for-30 conversion rate in save opportunities.
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