Slegers was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
The 6-foot-10 righty reached the majors for the first time in 2017, but struggled to a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings. He's been a control specialist in the minors, posting a 4.7 percent walk rate in 148.1 innings at Triple-A last year, but he hasn't struck out more than 20 percent of batters at any stop since 2013. He'll return to Triple-A and could be back up for some spot starts during an injury crisis later this season.
Slegers gave up three runs over three innings in Sunday's spring start. He's given up six runs in ten innings this spring with four strikeouts and two walks.
Slegers had an outside chance of winning a rotation spot before the Twins traded for Jake Odorizzi and signed Lance Lynn. A strong season at Triple-A in 2017 that saw him post his best strikeout rate since rookie ball (7.2 K/9) along with improved control led to a late season promotion to the majors. He struggled in four outings with the Twins (6.46 ERA), so he'll need to continue to impress at Triple-A. Still, he could be an option for the Minnesota rotation later this season if there's an opening.
Slegers (0-1) was stuck with the loss Saturday against the Tigers after allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in 4.1 innings of work. He struck out three.
The 25-year-old held his own for much of his third MLB start, actually putting the Tigers down in order in three of his innings. He was ultimately pulled after 70 pitches (47 strikes), but the Twins offense was unable to pick him up to get him off the hook for the loss. His 6.46 ERA in the big leagues this season certainly leaves something to be desired, but his age and his success in the minors last season may keep him in the hunt for a rotation spot heading into 2018.
Slegers will start Saturday's game against the Tigers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Jose Berrios was in line to start Saturday, but manager Paul Molitor wants Berrios available out of the bullpen for Tuesday's Wild Card game, so he will work in relief Friday while Slegers jumps into the rotation in his place. Slegers has not pitched since Sept. 17, so he could be on some sort of pitch count in Saturday's outing.
Twins manager Paul Molitor plans to use Slegers out of the bullpen after Adalberto Mejia (biceps) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and rejoined the rotation in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Slegers, who had previously replaced Dillon Gee as the team's fifth starter, made just one turn through the rotation, giving up five runs over four innings in a no decision against the Rays back on Sept. 6. The rookie could be called upon for a start once the Twins either clinch a wild-card spot or are eliminated from playoff contention, but with a five-man rotation still in place for now, he'll likely only see usage in long-relief situations.
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|2014||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||2||1||3.32||3||3||0||0||0||19.0||14||7||7||2||2||4||12|
|2014||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||7||7||4.53||20||20||1||0||0||113.1||118||66||57||7||7||20||90|
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