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Updated: August 30th, 2014 8:05pm
Report: Alex Meyer removed from start because of drop in velocity

Report: Alex Meyer removed from start because of drop in velocity

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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In a perfect world, Miguel Sano would be playing third base for the Twins right now and Byron Buxton would either be in center field or be close to getting a call to the big leagues.

But the Twins learned long ago just how far away they are from operating in a perfect world and they got another reminder on Saturday night.

That's when Alex Meyer left his start for Triple-A Rochester after facing only two batters in the second inning because of a drop in his velocity, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Meyer, the top pitching prospect in the Twins' organization, exited the game after he failed to reach 90 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun, according to the newspaper. Considering Meyer has reached 100 miles per hour before and usually throws around 95 to 98, the drop in velocity served as a cause for concern.

The Twins have been cautious with Meyer since last year when he missed a couple of months in the middle of the season because of a shoulder issue.

Meyer has been considered for a September call up by the Twins, but the belief has been that if that happened he would be used in relief and not as a starter. Given his removal from Saturday's game, there would appear to be a good chance the Twins will shut down Meyer.

Meyer entered Saturday with a 7-6 record and a 3.41 earned-run average in 26 starts and 129.1 innings. In his previous start, Meyer threw 105 pitches in six innings in a 4-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

If Meyer does not pitch again this season, he will join Sano (Tommy John surgery) and Buxton (wrist and concussion issues) as top Twins' prospects who are on the shelf. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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