Fien agreed to a one-year, $2.275 million contract with the Twins on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Fien's first year of arbitration is finally behind him, the 31-year-old reliever can now turn his focuses back to improving on his 3.55 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with the club last season. He should once again serve in a middle relief role with the Twins in 2016.
The Twins have reinstated Casey Fien from the disabled list and optioned fellow right-handed reliever Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester, per MLB.com. Fien, who has recovered from a shoulder injury, lost his setup role during his absence. He returns with a 1-2 record and 4.35 ERA.
Twins pitcher Casey Fien won't likely have the same role he had before going on the disabled list, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Reliever Blaine Boyer has supplanted himself in the setup man role, according to manager Paul Molitor. "I like what Boyer's done," Molitor said. "I think everyone has a lot of confidence when he's in the game late right now. Not to say that can't change. "I guess if I had to say right now, in the short term, most likely Fien would precede Boyer in a ball game." Fien is expected to return from the disabled list this week after battling a shoulder injury for the last month. Fien is 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 1/3 innings of work.
Twins pitcher Casey Fien had a strong second outing for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. Fien is on minor league rehab, as he recovers from a shoulder injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list. Fien retired the side in order in the first inning on nine pitches, eight of which were strikes. He struck out one batter. Fien has not allowed a baserunner in two rehab appearances for Rochester.
Twins pitcher Casey Fien tossed one scoreless inning on Saturday for Triple-A Rochester. Fien did not allow a hit with one walk and no strikeouts in the outing. Fien is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury and has not pitched for Minnesota since April 29. He currently owns a 1-2 record with a 4.35 ERA and three strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings of work.