Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's game against the Athletics, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Littell retired a batter on five pitches in Sunday's contest, but the Twins will send him to the minors to get a fresh arm on the 25-man roster. A corresponding move has yet to be announced.
The Twins recalled Littell from Triple-A Rochester following Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Athletics, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Minnesota shuttled Jake Odorizzi (finger) to the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move, allowing Littell to stick around as an extra arm in the bullpen until a replacement in the rotation is needed for Odorizzi on Sunday versus the Rangers. Though Littell has made seven starts for Rochester this season, he has exceeded three innings in just one appearance in either Triple-A or the majors since May 19 and probably won't be in consideration for a spot start.
Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Littell's two-week stint with the big club was largely uneventful -- he made a total of three appearances, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out two over four scoreless innings. Expect Littell to remain on the shuttle up and down until rosters expand in September, providing a fresh arm when needed.
Littell was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
In four appearances with Triple-A Rochester since he was sent down June 2, the right-hander amassed a 2.35 ERA with a 0.52 WHIP and 13:1 K:BB in 7.2 innings. Littell will mostly pitch in low-leverage situations, and he could find himself back in the minors once Adalberto Mejia (calf) is ready to return. Fernando Romero was optioned to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Littell.
The Twins optioned Littell to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Littell lost his spot on the active roster after the Twins reinstated Mitch Garver (ankle) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's series finale with the Rays. The 23-year-old right-hander was up with the big club for a little over a week, making two appearances out of the bullpen during that stretch. Littell was shelled in the latter of those two outings Thursday against the Rays, giving up eight runs on 10 hits and a walk over 4.1 innings.
Littell was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
Littell has made seven starts and one relief appearance for Rochester this season, recording a 4.19 ERA. He appears to be up as a reliever for now, with Austin Adams designated for assignment as the corresponding move.
Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Realistically, Littell had very little chance to break camp in the big-league rotation, so this comes as no surprise. He enters the year roughly seventh or eighth on the starting pitcher depth chart.
Littell allowed two runs on three hits and two walks across four innings in a no-decision Sunday against the White Sox. He struck out six.
Littell ran into trouble in the first inning when he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk before escaping the jam. He was much more effective over the rest of his outing, allowing just two more baserunners, but he was removed with 70 pitches under his belt after the fourth. The majority of Littell's appearances this season came in the month of September, and his combined 6.20 ERA did little to inspire the club to give him a closer look. He'll become a free agent this winter and is a candidate to sign another minor-league deal for 2019.
Littell will start Sunday against the White Sox, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Littell has made one start for the Twins this season and appeared five other times out of the bullpen, posting a 7.04 ERA in 15.1 total innings. The 22-year-old turned in a much more palatable 3.57 ERA in 106 innings for Triple-A Rochester.
Littell exited Saturday's game against the Royals with a blister on his right index finger, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Littell had allowed four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three across 2.2 innings before exiting the game. The 22-year-old righty believes he'll be fine in two or three days. He owns a brutal 8.44 ERA, 2.01 WHIP and 6:7 K:BB across 10.2 big-league innings this season.
Littell, who had been used as the Twins' primary pitcher in his last appearance Sept. 2, won't be used in that capacity Sunday versus the Royals, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Littell still might work out of the bullpen in the series finale, but the Twins have at least temporarily abandoned using an opener for the sixth spot in the rotation, creating no need for a primary pitcher. Instead, Chase De Jong will make the start in his Twins debut and isn't expected to face any restrictions with his pitch count after logging 26 starts in the minors this season. With 10 runs (nine earned) allowed over 7.1 innings in the big leagues, Littell probably hasn't performed well yet enough to warrant handling a meaningful workload for Minnesota.
The Twins recalled Littell from Triple-A Rochester ahead of his role as Sunday's primary pitcher against the Rangers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Littell, who holds a 3.57 ERA for the Red Wings in the International League, will follow starter Gabriel Moya on Sunday.
Littell will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to be the Twins' "primary pitcher" Sunday against the Rangers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Littell was expected to be Sunday's starter, but manager Paul Moliter will instead opt to utilize the opener strategy, with reliever Gabriel Moya earning the "start." The 22-year-old had a 3.57 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 106 innings with Rochester this season.
The Twins are expected to promote LIttell from Triple-A Rochester to start Sunday against the Rangers, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 St. Paul reports.
Littell wasn't included among the wave of September callups the Twins announced following Friday's game, but it sounds like he'll be officially added to the active roster ahead of the series finale and slot in as Minnesota's sixth starter. The 22-year-old has previously made two appearances (one start) with the Twins, giving up seven runs on seven hits and six walks across 3.1 innings. Littell isn't regarded as a high-end prospect, so he likely won't be worthy of much attention outside of most AL-only formats until his numbers warrant a longer look.
Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Monday's loss to Milwaukee, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
Littell was tagged with the loss, as he allowed a run on one hit and two walks while recording just one out. He issued a walkoff walk to Brad Miller in the bottom of the 10th inning. Littell is expected to rejoin the Red Wings' rotation after a short stint in the big leagues.
Littell was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Littell is coming off a pair of quality starts against Syracuse, allowing just two earned runs while striking out 10 over 12 innings, marking his best back-to-back performance since early May. The 22-year-old is set to serve as a middle reliever for Minnesota moving forward, though he has the ability to make a spot start should it be required. During his lone outing with the Twins this year, he gave up six earned runs off six hits and four walks across three innings versus the White Sox on June 5.
Littell was sent back to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
After serving as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Littell will head back to Triple-A. He struggled in a spot start, surrendering six runs on six hits and four walks while taking the loss.
Littell (0-1) allowed six runs on six hits and four walks across three innings while taking the loss Tuesday against the White Sox. He recorded one strikeout.
Littell was under siege in the first inning, when he allowed a two-run home run to Jose Abreu before Chicago plated another pair with three straight hits. He didn't allow another run during his time on the mound, but he walked the first two batters in the fourth inning and watched as the bullpen allowed them both to score. Littell was expected to head back to Triple-A Rochester after the start, and this poor performance made that a virtual certainty.
Littell was added to the major-league roster ahead of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Dustin Morse of the Minnesota Twins reports.
Littell is scheduled to start Game 2 of the doubleheader, although he figures to head right back to the minors following the conclusion of Tuesday's action. Through five appearances at Triple-A Rochester, he's posted a 2.57 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with a 30:10 K:BB over 28 innings.
Littell is expected to start one of the Twins' doubleheader games against the White Sox on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Littell, a 22-year-old who was acquired from the Yankees last season in the deal that sent Jaime Garcia to New York, will be summoned from the minors to make a spot start for the big club next week. He owns a solid 2.57 ERA and 30:10 K:BB across 28 innings (four starts, one relief appearance) with Triple-A Rochester since earning a promotion at the start of May. There's a good chance Littell will head back to the minors after Tuesday's spot start, but a strong showing could earn him another opportunity with the big club sooner than later.
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