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One of Twins' top offseason signings finally ready to pitch

Josh Staumont, one of the free agent relievers the Twins signed during the offseason, is lined up to pitch in his first major league game in 11 months.

The Twins called up Staumont before Wednesday's game after they optioned Jorge Alcala to Class AAA. Alcala threw 48 pitches in Tuesday's 10-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners, yielding four hits and four runs in two innings.

Staumont, a 30-year-old righty, made eight relief appearances for St. Paul. He allowed nine hits and five runs in 10 2/3 innings with 16 strikeouts and three walks.

"Josh has explosive stuff," Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli said. "That's what he's been known for."

The Twins signed Staumont to a one-year, $950,000 contract in December. He had stretches as a dominant reliever with the Kansas City Royals, particularly in 2020 and 2021, and the Twins were hopeful he could regain form after he underwent surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome last summer.

"Having just small little things like waking up after surgery and being able to lift my arm over my head, a very small goal, but it's one of those things that until you check that box, I can't play again," Staumont said. "Today is a little bit of a culmination of two and a half years of really, really struggling."