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.
Slegers allowed five runs on five hits -- including two homers -- over four innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Wednesday. He struck out three and walked two.
Slegers didn't make much of a case to continue on in the rotation; he gave back one- and three-run leads in the first and third, respectively. The 25-year-old turned in serviceable numbers with Triple-A Rochester prior to his callup, but the Twins can't afford many outings like this if they are to remain in the wild-card hunt.
Slegers was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Monday, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Slegers will rejoin the Twins ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday. The 25-year-old made a spot start for the big club earlier in the season, tossing 6.1 innings of two-run ball while fanning three batters. Slegers' upcoming start will likely determine whether he sticks in the rotation for another turn or gets relegated to the bullpen.
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