CHICAGO -- Although Major League rosters can include up to 40 players in September, that doesn't mean clubs max out their new-found flexibility during the season's final month.
After all, there are still only 10 positions -- including designated hitter -- that can be used and only so much available playing time. That's one of the reasons Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday the club opted not to include infielder Brian Dozier and right-hander Anthony Slama among its September callups.
Slama, 28, put together an impressive season at Triple-A Rochester, posting a 1.24 ERA and 14 saves in 31 games for the Red Wings. He also struck out 56 batters in 36 1/3 innings while walking 18. Ryan admitted Slama, who missed some time with an injury, put together a good season and was under consideration.
The Twins instead recalled right-hander Luis Perdomo and chose to promote infielder Eduardo Escobar. Those decisions, Ryan said, were mainly about evaluating the other two players.
"We know a lot more about Anthony Slama than we do Perdomo, frankly, so it's one of those situations -- it's just like bringing Escobar up instead of Dozier," Ryan said. "We need to find something out about these guys we don't know so much about."
Ryan said both he and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire have spoken to Dozier about their decision. Ryan said although Dozier was disappointed, he also understood and is open to playing winter ball -- something Ryan and Gardenhire said they wanted the 25-year-old to do.