The Twins are putting La Tortuga mania on hiatus. Willians Astudillo, after slumping at the plate for a few weeks, is headed to Triple-A Rochester. Pitcher Ryan Eades, a 2013 draft pick, will replace Astudillo on the 25-man roster.
Eades has a high ERA and has been used primarily as a reliever with Triple-A Rochester. He’s got a 5.68 ERA in 31 2/3 innings, but he does have 39 punchouts and just 12 walks. And a 7-run, 4-out performance has a way of ruining a reliever’s ERA for a while.
As for the versatile Astudillo, who started at third base on Friday in the Twins’ 6-3 win at Detroit, he entered the game hitting .200/.236/.200 with no home runs and four RBIs in 50 at-bats and 14 games since May 14. Astudillo went 0-for-4 and struck out twice on Friday. He had struck out only three times in 108 at-bats entering the game.
A popular player in the clubhouse and with the fans the 27-year-old Astudillo also played in 29 games for the Twins last season. He departs Minnesota hitting .250/.273/.357 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 32 games this season.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has had to use his bullpen frequently of late and clearly feels he needs another arm. He will get it on Saturday morning and that means Astudillo will take his many gloves (catcher, third base, first base, outfield) to Rochester.