Twins activate Tim Stauffer from the disabled list

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Tim Stauffer’s minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A hasn’t been going very well, with reports of mid-80s fastball velocity and lots of hits allowed, but the Twins have decided to activate the 33-year-old reliever from the disabled list anyway.

Stauffer was placed on the DL with an intercostal strain last month after allowing 10 runs in 10 innings for the Twins. In his last two rehab appearances at Triple-A he struck out one, walked two, allowed opponents to go 6-for-12 (.500) off him, and reportedly topped out at 87 miles per hour.

Minnesota has the ability to keep him in the minors longer on the rehab assignment, so the decision to put him back on the active roster now is an odd one. Stauffer is owed $2.2 million on a one-year deal signed this offseason.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.