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Updated: March 21st, 2012 11:59am
Twins send Rule-5 pick Terry Doyle back to White Sox

Twins send Rule-5 pick Terry Doyle back to White Sox

by Phil Mackey
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After inducing only one swing-and-a-miss over his last two starts (83 pitches), Minnesota Twins Rule-5 draft pick Terry Doyle was sent back to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Doyle, 26, owns a 2.94 career minor league ERA in 422 2/3 innings, but he has never pitched above Double-A.

Rule-5 picks must stay on the 25-man roster all season or be offered back to their former team. But in three starts this spring, Doyle allowed 10 earned runs on 14 hits and three walks in just 5 1/3 innings.

With Doyle gone and Joel Zumaya out for the season, the Twins now have two open slots on the 40-man roster. Non-roster infielders Brian Dozier and Sean Burroughs, along with right-hander Jared Burton are the three likeliest candidates to fill those slots.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Terry Doyle, Joel Zumaya