On the heels of yet another rough outing, the Twins have optioned struggling reliever Trevor Hildenberger to Triple A Rochester.

A corresponding move is expected some time in the next 24 hours.

That decision on Hildenberger was made about 30 minutes after Wednesday’s 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Angeles and it’s easy to see why after when considering his outing.

He entered the game in the top of the ninth inning with the Twins holding an 8-4 lead and struggled from the onset, allowing three hits and three earned runs. He only recorded one out before being pulled in favor of Mike Morin, who got Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani to ground out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Perhaps the biggest thing Hildenberger needs to find in the minors is his confidence. He entered Wednesday’s game with a 2-2 record out of the bullpen an an overinflated 6.59 ERA.

“We talk about players all the time having the ups and downs of a long season,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He is a guy that has the experience and has had a bunch of success at the big league level. I think he’s an adjustment or two away from being the Hildy that we know he is. I don’t want to take away anything from what he’s done in the past. I don’t see him being far away from continuing to help us.”

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Source:: Daily times


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Twins send struggling reliever Trevor Hildenberger down to minors

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