Twins recall reliever with big fastball, future late-inning prospects
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The Twins have recalled reliever Michael Tonkin, the team announced Tuesday morning. The righty likely will join the bullpen, where he pitched for Triple-A Rochester before the call-up. He'll replace Kyle Gibson, who was optioned Monday to Rochester, on the active roster.
Between Double-A and Triple-A this season, Tonkin has 2.39 ERA, has struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings and owns a 1.06 WHIP in 52 2/3 innings. He has 18 Saves between the two levels.
It's his second stint with the Twins this season. He pitched 1 1/3 innings scoreless innings on July 11 before being sent back down.
In that one appearance, PITCHf/x recorded his fastball velocity at 93.4 mph, which trails only Glen Perkins for fastest velocity on the team. Tonkin's presence should allow Gardenhire to give Jared Burton and Casey Fien a bit more time off in September. It should also give the club a glimpse into how well the 23-year-old can handle the late-inning pressure.