Mastroianni was released by the Twins on Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The veteran appeared in only seven games for the big league club this season, failing to notch a hit in 11 plate appearances. He spent the bulk of the year at Triple-A, but with Byron Buxton back at Rochester, Mastroianni's services were no longer needed. The career .206 major league hitter will now look to latch on with another organization, likely on a minor league deal.
Mastroianni (oblique) was activated from the DL on Monday, but the Twins outrighted him off the 40-man roster, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Mastroianni only fit in a brief showing with the Twins this season before landing on the disabled list in late May. When he attempted to start his rehab assignment in mid-June, he experienced a setback, pushing back his first rehab appearance to July 1. In three games with Triple-A Rochester in the meantime, the outfielder tallied at least one hit on each occasion, but the organization will instead turn in another direction with his 40-man roster spot.
Mastroianni (oblique) had a setback while on his rehab assignment for Triple-A Rochester, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He was set to play his first game Friday but had discomfort while swinging the bat. It's not clear when he may play in his first game for Rochester.
Mastroianni (oblique) was in the original lineup for Triple-A Rochester's game Saturday, but didn't end up playing, according to Brandon Warne of Cold Omaha reports. Mastroianni reported to Rochester on Friday to begin a rehabilitation assignment, but hasn't appeared in a game yet for the Red Wings.
Mastroianni begins his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports Mastroianni has been hampered by an oblique injury that's kept him out of games since May 21. The outfielder began running sprints and playing catch several weeks ago so he should be nearing 100 percent at this point. The 30-year-old will likely participate in a few tune up games with Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate and could return to the majors early next week.