5:13PM: Gonzalez has been designated for assignment, MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park reports (Twitter link). Gonzalez allowed three runs in four innings during today’s start, as the Twins went on to capture a 6-5 win over the Rays.
11:57AM: The Twins have purchased the contract of Chi Chi Gonzalez and added him to the active roster, optioning Yennier Cano to open the roster spot, per The Athletic’s Dan Hayes (via Twitter). Royce Lewis was moved to the 60-day injured list to open a spot on the 40-man roster.
By promoting Gonzalez, the Twins will keep him in the organization. Gonzalez has an opt-out clause that he was prepared to trigger today if he was not added to the active roster. The former Ranger and Rockie did make one appearance for the Twins this season, tossing three innings and giving up three earned runs to the Blue Jays on June 3rd. He’s done well enough in Triple-A, registering a 3.44 ERA over 36 2/3 innings.
The Twins rotation has been decimated by injuries with Chris Paddack and Kenta Maeda both undergoing Tommy John surgery, Sonny Gray and Bailey Ober both landing on the injured list, and most recently, Joe Ryan being placed on the COVID injured list. That’s a full rotation on the injured list, paving the way for Gonzalez.
Cano has struggled in his two stints with the big league club this season, posting a 9.26 ERA over 11 2/3 innings with a 12-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 28-year-old Cuban has a much more respectable 5.88 FIP over those same nine appearances.