Twins designate Philip Humber for assignment, claim Morillo from Colorado

Posted on April 17th, 2009 – 12:34 PM
By La Velle

The Twins have designated righthander Philip Humber for assignment and will take a chance on hard-throwing righthander Juan Morillo, whom they claimed off waivers from Colorado.

Morillo, 25, didn’t pitch in a game this year and was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Apr. 10. He has a 11.42 ERA in 8.2 innings in the majors.

“He’s got a big fastball, that’s all I can tell you,” Twins player personnel head Mike Radcliff said.

Morillo can throw in the mid 90′s - he has touched 96 – but control has been an issue.  Here’s his bio  – check out that 80- walk season in 2006. Can pitching coach Rick Anderson work his magic with Morillo?

Morillo will replace Humber on the roster. Humber, 26, gave up 6 runs in 4.1 innings with the Twins this year.

Humber and Morillo both are out of options, so it’s a case of a couple teams looking to try something different. Humber, of course, was one of four players the Twins received for Johan Santana before the 2008 season. With Humber and R. A. Dickey, the Twins had two innings-eaters. so one was expendable. If the Twins get anything out or Morillo, they have another pitcher who can match up with power hitters late in games, which would be a big boost.

Jesse Crain, by the way, hit 95 with his last pitch on Thursday, a very good sign.

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