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Updated: March 18th, 2012 1:45pm
Twins will be among several teams scouting Michael Wuertz this week

Twins will be among several teams scouting Michael Wuertz this week

by Phil Mackey
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-handed reliever Michael Wuertz is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in Arizona on Thursday, and the Minnesota Twins will be among several teams in attendance, a league source said Sunday.

Pitching for the Oakland A's last season, Wuertz, 33, was limited to only 33 2/3 innings due mostly to an inflamed right thumb that sidelined him for all of August, and a left thigh strain that sidelined him for most of April.

Wuertz also dealt with thumb issues in 2010, as well as shoulder inflammation that kept him out for the first month of the season.

Wuertz has pitched more than 45 innings only once since 2007, but when healthy he tallies strikeouts (9.64 per nine innings) with a respectable 3.71 ERA (3.79 FIP).

Twins decision-makers are pleased with how some of the potential in-house bullpen candidates have thrown through the first month of spring training, particularly Kyle Waldrop, Jeff Manship, Matt Maloney and Jared Burton.

With Joel Zumaya out for the season, up to four bullpen slots could be up for grabs over the next two weeks.

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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