Minnesota did everything it could to avoid giving a rotation spot to prospect Trevor May, but now that Ervin Santana is suspended for half the season and Ricky Nolasco is hurt the Twins have little choice but to turn to the 25-year-old right-hander.
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins are expected to call up May from Triple-A and will likely place Nolasco on the disabled list with an elbow injury.
May’s big-league debut last season was mostly a mess, but after a brutal first few outings he posted a nice 41/9 K/BB ratio in his final 37 innings. He’s not a top prospect–I ranked him 11th within the Twins’ well-stocked farm system–but May pitched well at Triple-A last season and doesn’t have much left to prove in the minors at this point.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.