Tonkin signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Friday.
It didn't take long for Tonkin to find a new home after being released by the Rangers earlier Friday. The right-hander spent last season in Japan, notching a 3.71 ERA in 51 innings for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He'll report to minor-league camp.
Tonkin was released by the Rangers on Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Tonkin spent last season in Japan and signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers in January. The 29-year-old allowed one run on two hits over 4.2 spring innings, but Texas nonetheless decided to move in a different direction.
Tonkin agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Tonkin had previously spent parts of five seasons with the Twins, throwing 146.1 innings of relief with a 4.43 ERA. He pitched for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan last season, finishing with a 3.71 ERA in 51 innings.
Tonkin's rights were sold to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball by the Twins on Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
Tonkin is expected to serve as the closer for the team moving forward, and will receive a guaranteed deal of $2.1 million over the next two years. The right-hander only appeared in 16 games after pitching in 65 for the Twins in 2016, and didn't do much to warrant any real fantasy consideration, as he accumulated a 5.14 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 21 innings out of the club's bullpen.
Tonkin had his contract selected by the Twins on Tuesday.
Tonkin will rejoin the big club after being designated for assignment by the Twins back in May. He posted an impressive 1.73 ERA and 61:13 K:BB through 41.2 innings with Triple-A Rochester, but his 6.55 ERA across 11 big-league innings this season will likely limit his opportunities to lower-leveraging situations. J.T. Chargois (elbow) was shifted to the 60-day disabled list to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Tonkin.
Tonkin cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
As expected, Tonkin will remain in the Twins organization as a farmhand. Given his 6.52 ERA in the majors this season, he'll likely just act as an organizational depth piece from now on.
Tonkin was designated for assignment Saturday, the Star Tribune's Phil Miller reports.
The news hit Tonkin hard, as he has spent his entire pro career with the Twins, but it should not come as a surprise considering he has a 6.52 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 9.2 innings this season. He will likely pass through waivers and report to Triple-A Rochester.
Tonkin has given up six runs, three of them earned, over seven innings to kick off the 2017 season.
Tonkin has not pitched in any significant situation yet this season, entering in the middle innings or in mop-up duty. He's struck out nine and walked five while allowing seven hits. In 2016, the 27-year-old surrendered 80 hits over 71.2 innings on his way to a 5.02 ERA.
Tonkin has made the final roster as a reliever, Phil Miller of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
The right-hander had plenty of opportunities to prove his worth this spring, compiling a 4.38 ERA over 12.1 innings in Grapefruit League play. Tonkin will look to improve upon a mediocre 2016 campaign in which he finished with a 5.02 ERA over 65 appearances along with an 80:24 K:BB ratio. Look for him to serve regularly as a middle reliever.
Tonkin gave up a run over two innings in Wednesday's spring training loss to Houston. He's competing for a final spot in the bullpen with J.T. Chargois and Alex Wimmers, Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Tonkin has a 4.35 ERA this spring and nine strikeouts in 10.3 innings, but he's allowed six walks. He allowed 12 home runs and had an ugly 5.02 ERA in the majors last year, but had a promising 10.1 K/9. The final bullpen spot may not be decided until the final days of spring training.
Tonkin (shoulder) had no issues following a bullpen session Friday and should be available to return Sunday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Tonkin has been out since Sept. 2 due to shoulder fatigue, but it sounds like he'll be able to return to duty in the next few days.
Tonkin (shoulder) hopes to be cleared to return after throwing from flat ground Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
He threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Friday, throwing all of his pitches, and will throw from flat ground again Saturday in hope of getting cleared by the medical staff. His 25.5 percent K-rate is solid enough, but his 4.30 ERA and 1.41 WHIP leave a lot to be desired.
Tonkin (shoulder) is set to play catch again Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Tonkin performed the same activity over the weekend to encouraging results, but hasn't yet been cleared to begin throwing off a mound as part of a bullpen session. Until that happens, Tonkin can't be deemed especially close to returning to active duty out of the Twins' bullpen.
Tonkin (shoulder) was able to play catch Saturday and came away encouraged by this session, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "[The shoulder] is a little bit better, but still a little sore," Tonkin said. "I'll just take it day by day and see what happens."
Tonkin has labeled his condition as "biceps tendinitis with some level of shoulder impingement" and could be sidelined for a few more days while he waits for the soreness to dissipate. The 26-year-old has seen heavy usage out of the Twins' bullpen this season, covering 63.2 innings over 56 appearances and posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.41 WHIP.
Tonkin is dealing with shoulder fatigue and will be unavailable "at least" through the weekend, according to manager Paul Molitor, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
It's not clear when Tonkin first started feeling a "dead arm," but he was rocked for nine earned runs over three outings between Aug. 23-26 and has not pitched since. The Twins are hoping a couple more days off will get him healthy again, but he could be sidelined further.
Tonkin has allowed seven earned runs -- including three homers -- over his last 10 appearances, spanning 14.1 innings.
The 26-year-old has been inconsistent this year, posting a 0.88 WHIP in July, but a 1.61 mark in May and 2.14 so far in August. He also hasn't gotten the opportunity to pitch in close games, earning just two holds in three chances this year.
Tonkin pitched 1.2 innings in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins, retiring each of the five batters he faced.
Although his ERA has risen to 3.10 after being in the realm of 2.00 for the first month and a half of the 2016 campaign, Tonkin has made strides to improve his game, particularly in terms of pitch control. After walking seven batters in his first 12 innings of action, Tonkin has walked only two in his last 17 frames. His strikeout rate has also improved from 2015's mark of 19 percent to 28 percent.
Tonkin made a brief appearance in Wednesday's loss to Houston, retiring the single batter he faced with a mere two pitches
The Twins have only played 28 games this season, but Tonkin has already pitched in more than half as many innings (14.1) as he did in the entire 2015 campaign (23.1). In those 14.1 innings, he has posted a 1.26 ERA and a 10.05 K/9, making him appear as a viable option for the Twins out of the bullpen. However, Tonkin has to put more control on his pitches, as his 1.19 WHIP has been inflated, courtesy of a BB/9 that is sitting at 4.40.
Tonkin has won a job in Minnesota's bullpen. He'll be used initially as the long reliever, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Tonkin would appear to be an odd choice for long reliever since he hasn't started a game since 2011. If he shows success in relief it likely won't be long before the Twins move another pitcher into the long reliever role.
Tonkin threw two scoreless innings in Tuesday's spring training win over Baltimore. He had given up seven runs in his first five innings this spring.
Tonkin does have five strikeouts and no walks. He'll need a few more good outings this spring to win a bullpen role as it's not clear if he'll make the final 25-man roster.
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|2014||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||3||4||2.80||39||0||0||0||10||45.0||41||18||14||2||2||12||46|
|2015||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||2||1||1.10||33||0||0||0||14||41.0||25||5||5||2||1||5||46|
|2017||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||4||2||1.73||31||0||0||0||5||41.2||31||8||8||1||4||13||61|