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Rocco Baldelli had some stern comments about Louie Varland’s future with Twins

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Louie Varland needed to get off to a good start against the Tigers on Sunday to take some of the pressure off of him so far this season.

He failed to do so spectacularly.

Lasting less than three innings, Varland allowed four earned runs and another home run in a 6-1 loss. It was his fourth bad outing of the season, as he now owns a 9.18 ERA and an 0-4 record, all of which begs the question of how much longer he will be on the MLB roster.

It’s a tough situation for the Twins, as Varland was expected to be the fifth starter after Anthony DeSclafani’s season-ending injury in Spring Training. He has been a total disaster despite showing some flashes of what the team needs from him, but there is a complete lack of depth behind him that could easily replace him.

There’s clearly something wrong with Varland, and it’s starting to wear Rocco Baldelli tin. After a fourth straight terrible start, the Twins manager didn’t mince words while being non-committal about Varland’s future.

Baldelli did not say a move would be made, but hinted that Varland’s next start could come in St. Paul.

“I think we have a lot of things we need to talk about,” Baldelli says said. “We really need to have almost everything on the table now to find a way to improve.”

The predicament the Twins find themselves in is how to replace Varland if he is sent down. It’s not clear anything needs to change, but Minnesota has struggled to find easy ways to replace him.

If Varland remains on the MLB roster and moves to the bullpen, there will be no viable weapons to move up in the rotation. He should probably be sent down to make room for a fresh start, but who that will ultimately be is a mystery.

Simeon Woods Richardson had a fantastic start against the Tigers last weekend, but it’s just one start and the sample size to suggest he has what it takes to fill that fifth starter role is small. David Festa could be an option, but it appears he needs some more development in the minors before being thrown into the fire.

Minnesota could make an external move, but the time for that seems to have already passed. The Twins opting to go cheap and not spend this offseason has come back to bite them in more ways than one, and this Varland slump may be the worst setback they’ve had for not making any meaningful steps this winter.

Varland could remain on the roster, but it appears he is out of lives. Another bad start will almost certainly end his time on the 26-man roster, something the Twins already appear to be thinking about.

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