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.