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Twins pitching staff set for opening day?

The Twins announced one roster move this morning, seemingly locking up the pitching staff for opening day.

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And just like that, at least one half of the roster is set for opening day. The Minnesota Twins have optioned Caleb Thielbar to Triple-A. This was the final decision to be made for the pitching staff.

Twins Opening Day pitching staff


  • Phil Hughes
  • Ervin Santana
  • Ricky Nolasco
  • Kyle Gibson
  • Tommy Milone


  • Glen Perkins
  • Casey Fien
  • Brian Duensing
  • Tim Stauffer
  • Blaine Boyer
  • J.R. Graham
  • Mike Pelfrey

Thielbar had a rough spring, posting solid strikeout and walk ratios but giving up a whopping 19 hits in 11 innings. With two left-handers already in the bullpen it still seemed like he had a good opportunity to make the opening day roster until the Twins added Boyer to the 40-man roster.

In parts of two seasons of relief for Minnesota, Thielbar owns a 2.59 ERA (3.48 FIP) in 103 appearances. He'll be one of three or four relievers who would deserve an early call up if injury or performance dictate a change in the bullpen.

Now we just need to confirm what's happening at the bottom of the position player part of the equation.