Welcome to Twinkie Town, Craig Breslow

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Joe Christensen:

KANSAS CITY, MO. — The Twins have claimed lefthanded pitcher Craig Breslow off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, and he will join his new team in time for Friday’s game against the Yankees, the Twins announced today.

...To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins transferred Pat Neshek (strained elbow) to the 60-day disabled list. They need to make another roster move to make room on the 25-man roster, which will likely involve sending a reliever back to Class AAA Rochester.

Breslow's stats (with Cleveland this year):


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Craig Breslow 0-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 8.3 10 3 3 1 5 7 3.24 1.80

Other notes:

  • Breslow will turn 28 in August.
  • Breslow is almost certainly now the smartest member of the Twins, given that he has a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale.
  • The scouting report says his fastball is in the high 80s, with an above-average curve and an average changeup.
  • He's not exactly hard on lefties; they have a .746 OPS against him over his career (compared to .705 for righties).
  • Before pitching in Cleveland, he appeared for San Diego in 2005 and Boston in 2006.
  • He spent all of last season pitching for Pawtucket in Triple-A, where he was 2-3 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP, and struck out 73 in 68.2 innings.

It remains to be seen who the demoted / released reliever will be.  Korecky? Rincon? Bass?

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