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Updated: May 27th, 2012 11:17am
Twins recall RHP Jeff Manship to help bolster overused bullpen

Twins recall RHP Jeff Manship to help bolster overused bullpen

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- In never-ending need of pitching reinforcements, the Minnesota Twins recalled right-hander Jeff Manship from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday morning.

To make room on the 25-man roster the Twins designated outfielder Erik Komatsu for release or assignment.

Manship, 27, has pitched 64 innings in his big league career dating back to 2010 with a 5.63 ERA and 44 strikeouts, 25 walks and seven home runs allowed. After spending much of 2011 rehabbing shoulder and arm issues, Manship has bounced back to post a 3.08 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 15 walks in 38 innings for Rochester.

Manship will pitch out of the bullpen, but he is stretched out and ready to throw multiple innings.

Twins relievers have pitched a total of 159 2/3 innings this season, which ranks as the third-most in baseball behind the Orioles (161 2/3) and Royals (173).

The Twins claimed the 24-year-old Komatsu off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals on May 4. In 58 plate appearances between the Twins and Cardinals he hit just .216/.293/.216.

Komatsu was selected by the Cardinals off the Washington Nationals roster in the Rule 5 draft last December. He will now be exposed to waivers, and if he passes through the Nationals would have the opportunity to take him back.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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