May 26, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey (21) reacts during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins shook up their bullpen Friday, designating long-time reliever Tyler Duffey for assignment and recalling Cole Sands.

Duffey was a key cog in the Twins bullpen form 2019-21, appearing in 144 games over that span with a 2.69 ERA, 1.063 WHIP and 10.9 K/9.

But Minnesota’s relief corps has been inconsistent all season – hence acquiring two relievers at the trade deadline – and none more so than Duffey, who posted a 4.91 ERA, 1.364 WHIP and 8.0 K/9, the latter his lowest rated since 2016.

Duffey’s lowest ERA in any month this season was 4.32 in July, but he allowed runs in three of his last four games, including three over 1 2/3 innings in Thursday’s loss to Toronto.

He also allowed four of nine (44%) of inherited runners to score. In 2018, that number was 17% and in 2020 22%.

Sands, a fifth-round pick in 2018, made his major-league debut earlier this year. In five games with Minnesota, including three starts, he allowed 16 runs in 16 1/3 innings with 18 strikeouts. At Triple-A St. Paul he owns a 5.59 ERA, 1.614 WHIP and 11.4 K/9 over 48 1/3 innings in 13 appearances with 12 starts.

Minnesota takes on the Blue Jays again Friday night. The game can be seen on Bally Sports North beginning with Twins Live at 6:30 p.m.

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