Twins designate Matt Guerrier for assignment, call up Ryan Pressly
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The band officially has disbanded.
The Twins on Wednesday designated Matt Guerrier for assignment. He was the final remaining member of a trio of Twins brought back from their more successful days of the mid-2000's.
Jason Bartlett retired in April after an unsuccessful comeback attempt and an injury. Jason Kubel was released in early June to make room on the active roster to sign Kendrys Morales. Now, Guerrier has been DFA'd.
Guerrier had a 3.86 ERA and a 12:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28 innings out of the bullpen this season, after having his flexor mass surgically repaired in August of 2013. He gave up four earned runs Tuesday and suffered a bit of embarrassment when Ron Gardenhire and a trainer went to the mound in the middle of the inning to ask if he was injured. He wasn't, he said, but in Tuesday's 9th inning he was ineffective, and it may be the last inning he'll pitch as a member of the Twins.
The Twins have called up Ryan Pressly to take Guerrier's place on the active roster. Pressly had a 2.98 ERA and a 63:21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 60 1/3 innings for Triple-A Rochester this season.
He came over from the Boston Red Sox in the rule 5 draft in 2012. He spent the entire 2013 in the Twins bullpen, probably in part because as a rule 5 draft pick the Twins would have had to offer him back to the Red Sox if he was taken off the Major League roster.
Pressly has had a good season in Rochester's bullpen and now will get another chance to prove he belongs in the Majors.
With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline just eight days away, this could be the first in a series of moves with an eye toward the future for the Twins.