With Ervin Santana likely headed to the disabled list, the Twins have promoted pitching prospect Jose Berrios, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Santana was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to back stiffness. Tyler Duffey is also battling a shoulder injury, leaving the Twins a bit thin in the rotation.
Berrios, 21, was rated the Twins’ number one overall prospect and 16th overall by MLB Pipeline heading into the 2016 season. He’s started off strong, yielding only three runs (two earned) on eight hits and eight walks with 20 strikeouts in 17 innings over three starts with Triple-A Rochester. Berrios split last season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester.
Berrios will start against the Indians on Wednesday, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. Neal adds that outfield prospect Jorge Polanco will also be recalled from Rochester when Santana is placed on the DL.