Twins demote Tommy Milone to the bullpen to make room for Ricky Nolasco’s return

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Ricky Nolasco hasn’t been much good for the Twins since signing a four-year, $49 million deal last offseason, but he’s ready to come off the disabled list and Minnesota is bumping another starter from the rotation to make room.

Nolasco will rejoin the rotation Saturday after missing time with an elbow injury and Tommy Milone has been demoted to the bullpen after starting four games with a 4.76 ERA and 13/11 K/BB ratio in 23 innings.

Nolasco has a 5.61 ERA in 28 starts for the Twins, but the Twins weren’t going to cut bait on someone they still owe $35 million and they opted to keep Trevor May and Mike Pelfrey in the rotation over Milone.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.