In a surprising turn of events, the Minnesota Twins announced they have sent outfielder Oswaldo Arcia back down to Triple-A Rochester and are reinstating outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from the paternity list in time for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Arcia made his big league debut with the Twins Monday night in a win 8-2 over the Angels and in his first at-bat, lined a single down the first baseline. Arcia ended up going 1-3 on the night with one hit and two fly-outs.
It is surprising that the Twins have decided to send down Arcia so quickly after calling him up to the majors to replace Ramirez. Arcia was supposed to be with the team for three days while Ramirez was with his wife for the birth of their child, but it seems as if Ramirez will be back with the team earlier than expected. While that is unfortunate for Arcia, it is the protocol that must be followed when a player is put on a short-term absence from the team.
I personally came away impressed with Arcia and thought he looked very comfortable and confident at the plate and had the demeanor of a big league caliber outfielder. His presence in the lineup also gave the Twins an added powerful bat toward the end of their lineup that they hadn’t had before. He may have only seen six pitches, but Arcia did make solid contact throughout his at-bats with his best at-bat coming during his first plate appearance.
Arcia hopefully made a strong impression on Twins’ coaches and management during his brief stay in the majors because he certainly has the skillset that can help this team in the present and future. As the roster is currently built, however, there is no room for Arcia with Chris Parmelee and Josh Willingham patrolling the corner outfield spots and Ryan Doumit solidified as the team’s primary designated hitter. Should there be an injury, which in a 162 game season is very likely, the Twins should feel confident in giving Arcia another promotion.
For now, Arcia must return to the daily grind of Triple-A baseball. While this may be a learning experience for the youngster, it also will be a taste of big league baseball that will surely motivate him to return as soon as possible. My advice to Arcia: don’t unpack your bags; you may be back in the majors sooner than you think.