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Updated: September 1st, 2012 4:57pm
P.J. Walters reinstated from DL, Esmerling Vasquez called up

P.J. Walters reinstated from DL, Esmerling Vasquez called up

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Twins returned righthanded pitcher P.J. Walters from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester on Saturday and reinstated him from the disabled list.

Walters, who missed 70 games, was placed on the disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation on June 14 and hew as transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 28.

Walters made a combined 14 starts with the Red Wings this season, including eight while on a rehab assignment. He went 3-3 with a 4.01 earned-run average with 47 strikeouts and 15 walks.

Walters made seven starts before his injury for the Twins and was 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

The Twins also selected the contract of righthanded pitcher Esmerling Vasquez from Rochester.

Vasquez made eight starts and appeared in 31 games for the Red Wings this season.

He went 9-6 with a 2.78 ERA and had 98 strikeouts and 39 walks.

Vasquez, who was claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks last September, is scheduled to start Sunday for the Twins in Kansas City.

The Twins now have 39 players on their 40-man roster with the addition of Walters and Vasquez.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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