• by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Twins option Aaron Thompson to Triple-A; recall Ryan O'Rourke

    The Twins demoted pitcher Aaron Thompson to Triple-A following Monday's 4-2 win over the Orioles, reports 1500 ESPN. Thompson has a 5.01 ERA in 32 1/3 innings of work this season. With Thompson being sent down, the team recalled pitcher Ryan O'Rourke, who has never appeared in an MLB game.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Aaron Thompson takes loss in relief for Twins

    Twins reliever Aaron Thompson dropped to 1-2 with a loss to Texas on Friday. Thompson entered a tie game in the eighth inning and walked the first batter he faced. After retiring the next batter, he was removed from the game, and the Twins bullpen allowed the baserunner to score.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Twins looking to Aaron Thompson, Ryan Pressly for long relief

    The Twins are working without a dedicated long reliever. Tim Stauffer is on the 15-day disabled list, and the team decided to send Tommy Milone to Triple-A so he could remain a starter, instead of sending him to the bullpen. Manager Paul Molitor said he'd mix and match pitchers in long-relief situations. Aaron Thompson got the first call, going 2 1/3 innings on Saturday. Ryan Pressly is probably next. Pressly was promoted from Triple-A on Friday. "Pressly is probably one of the longer guys I could use in a game right now, but it could change day to day," Molitor said, per MLB.com. "It's all fine by me," Pressly said. "I just want to pitch and prove to them I've made some tweaks, and I'm not the same reliever that was all over the place in Spring Training. I just have to take the opportunity and run with it."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Twins P Aaron Thompson unlikely to throw Monday

    After throwing 35 pitches in Sunday's game, Twins manager Paul Molitor said pitcher Aaron Thompson will only pitch in Monday's contest at Kansas City in an emergency situation, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 10 1/3 innings this season, Thompson has a 0.87 ERA. The Twins are the underdogs (+143) against the Royals.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Santana suspended for PEDs; Pelfrey joins rotation, Thompson recalled

    Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, which is a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Friday. "We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Twins said in a statement Friday. "We fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter." Santana's suspension comes a day after Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was suspended 80 games for also testing positive for Stanozolol. The 32-year-old Santana is in his first year with the Twins after signing a four-year, $55 million contract in the offseason. He also has a $14 million team option for a fifth year. Mike Pelfrey, who lost out on the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, will avoid a bullpen assignment and take Santana's spot in the rotation. Reliever Aaron Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Santana's roster spot. "I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance enhancing drug," Santana said in a statement. "I am frustrated that I can't pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance. What I can guarantee is I never knowingly took anything illegal to enhance my performance. That's just not me, never has ben and never will."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Twins don't have roster spot for Thompson, optioned to Triple-A

    The Twins announced Monday they optioned reliever Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Rochester. Thompson went 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA and two saves in seven relief appearances this spring.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Aaron Thompson added to Twins bullpen

    The Twins purchased the contract of pitcher Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Rochester Saturday, to take Samuel Deduno's roster spot. Thompson has not appeared in the majors since 2011, and has a 3.98 ERA in 52 innings at Rochester this season.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Twins get closer to finalizing opening day roster

    The Twins made several roster moves Monday, which included releasing veteran reliever Matt Guerrier. The Twins also optioned pitcher Ryan Pressly, pitcher Michael Tonkin and catcher Chris Herrmann to Triple-A Rochester. Lastly, the Twins reassigned six players to minor-league camp. They were Matt Hoffman , Aaron Thomspon, Deolis Guerra, Wilkin Ramirez, Doug Bernier and Deibinson Romero.

  • by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com

    Twins give Aaron Thompson minors deal

    The Minnesota Twins have re-signed minor league pitcher Aaron Thompson Monday. Thompson was suspended for the first 50 games of the last season for violating baseball's drug policy. He returned to post a 2.76 ERA over nearly 59 innings of work. He'll compete for a bullpen spot in spring training.

  • by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com

    Thompson facing suspension

    Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan said minor-league pitcher Aaron Thompson is facing a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. No penalty has been announced by the commissioner's office involving the 25-year-old left-hander, who is not on the Twins' 40-man major league roster. Thompson still has time to appeal. Ryan said Saturday that the suspension involved "recreational drug use."