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Twins call up Ryan O’Rourke, Abad leaves town to attend a funeral

Mar 23, 2016; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Ryan O'Rourke (61) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at CenturyLink Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS – Twins reliever Fernando Abad has left the Twin Cities on his way to the Dominican Republic to attend his grandmother’s funeral.

The Twins have put Abad on the Bereavement List, the team announced Saturday.

Abad is expected to miss a couple games before returning to the Twins. By rule, he’ll miss a minimum of three games and no more than seven games.

To take his place on the roster, the Twins have called up left-handed reliever Ryan O’Rourke from Triple-A Rochester. O’Rourke spent time on the Twins last season as a lefty specialist — a role he’s thrived in during his minor league career. But he struggled to get right-handed hitters out last year and that limited his overall utility out of the bullpen. He has the potential to be very good as a lefty specialist.

GM Terry Ryan said Friday that the move is a short-term transaction in all likelihood.

Abad made the team out of spring training after signing a minor league deal with Minnesota this winter. He’s appeared in five games, and pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. He’s faced 16 batters and given up just one hit.





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