Runzler's contract was purchased from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. Runzler had a solid season with Indianapolis, as he built a 3.05 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 40 games (41.1 innings). The 32-year-old has some MLB experience but last appeared in the show in 2012 while on the Giants. He'll likely be used by Pittsburgh in low-leverage situations.
Runzler was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday. Runzler owns a career 3.86 ERA in 72.1 innings, all with the Giants, but hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012. At least for the moment, the 31-year-old organizational depth reliever won't change that.
Runzler signed a minor league contract with the Pirates on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Stephen Nesbitt reports. The 31-year-old southpaw will have a chance at earning a spot in the Pirates' bullpen as a low-leverage specialist. Of course, the most likely scenario is that he offers depth at Triple-A.
Runzler was released by the Twins on Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. Runzler has appeared in 21.2 innings for Triple-A Rochester this season, posting a 5.82 ERA and 1.85 WHIP with 18 strikeouts.
Runzler was placed on the 7-day DL at Triple-A Rochester with a strained right oblique. Runzler had a 3.93 ERA at Triple-A but a troubling 11 walks in 18 innings. He could still get a shot at the majors as a lefty specialist at some point this summer given the turnover in the Minnesota bullpen.
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