The 26-year-old Wheeler saw his first big-league action this year with Minnesota, allowing five runs — three of which were earned — over three full innings in two relief appearances, and has combined to go 55-37 with a 3.70 ERA in 140 games in six minor league seasons in the Twins’ organization, with 139 of those 140 appearances coming as a starter. A Triple-A International League All-Star in 2016, Wheeler went 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in eight games with Triple-A Rochester this year before earning his big-league call-up on May 29 and being designated for assignment on June 1. The Torrance, CA, native was originally selected by the Twins in the eighth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Loyola Marymount.
To create room on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles transferred infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin to the 60-day disabled list. The 28-year-old New Jersey native underwent surgery for an injured wrist and will miss an additional 4-6 weeks. Segedin had been out initially with a toe injury since April 19 without making significant progress. That injury that was originally expected to keep him out for perhaps a month. However, he suffered a separate wrist injury while rehabbing, and this new ailment could conceivably keep him off the field until the All-Star break. With outfielders like Brett Eibner making his presence known and Chris Taylor continuing to add value at multiple positions, there’s no guarantee Segedin will even make the major-league roster upon his return.
In addition to Segedin, Scott Kazmir, Andrew Toles, Andre Ethier, Brock Stewart and Yimi Garcia are also on the club’s 60-day DL. Andy noted on Friday that the big league squad’s current disabled list count stands at 11 players.
(Jon Chapper furnished some information provided in this report)