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Twins call up veteran pitcher Tyler Thornburg

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg (48) throws a pitch in the sixth inning of the MLB Interleague Preseason game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The Reds won the preseason opening game against the Tigers, 9-7.Detroit Tigers At Cincinnati Reds
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The Minnesota Twins called up right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg from Triple-A St. Paul on Sunday.

Thornburg, 33, started the season with the Atlanta Braves and was released on May 29. He signed with the Saints on June 3 and appeared in two games, giving up two unearned runs with three hits, no walks and five strikeouts. He had a 1-0 record in St. Paul.

With Atlanta this season, he appeared in nine games and had a 3.86 ERA, giving up six runs (four earned) in 9 1/3 innings. A veteran of nine seasons, he’s also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds and has a career record of 16-9 with a 3.49 ERA in 201 games (10 starts).

In a corresponding move, the Twins designated right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez for release or assignment. He made two starts for Minnesota this season, posting a 7.71 ERA. He took a no-decision in Saturday’s start against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up three runs on eight hits in four innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

The Twins won 6-5.

–Field Level Media