Busenitz's rights were sold to the Rakuten Eagles in Japan on Tuesday.
Busenitz didn't find much success out of the bullpen for Minnesota in 2018, accruing a 7.82 ERA and 2.01 WHIP with a 26:14 K:BB over 25.1 frames. He'll search for a better outcome overseas while pitching in the Nippon Professional League.
The Twins recalled Busenitz from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
Busenitz had allowed six runs on nine hits in eight innings pitched with three saves at Triple-A since last appearing in the majors. He could be given an audition in the closer role with the Twins, but he'll need to demonstrate some success in the majors after posting a 6.23 ERA and allowing three home runs in 13 innings.
Busenitz was sent to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Busenitz was optioned to make room for Adalberto Mejia, who's slated to start Tuesday's matchup against the Blue Jays. In 10 appearances out of the bullpen this season, Busenitz has accrued an ugly 6.75 ERA and 2.08 WHIP with 15 strikeouts over 12 innings.
Busenitz was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage reports.
Busenitz was promoted back to the big leagues with Addison Reed (triceps) placed on the disabled list. Across just six appearances with the Twins this year, Busenitz has allowed five earned runs on 13 hits in just seven innings of relief. Look for him to serve in low-leverage situations while with the team.
Busenitz was sent back down to Triple-A Rochester, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
Busenitz was roughed up his first time out in the majors, allowing three runs over 1.1 innings, but he picked up a win with 1.2 scoreless innings Thursday against the White Sox. The decision to return him to Triple-A came down to the fact that Busenitz still has options remaining, as the Twins needed to open up a roster spot for Saturday's starter Adalberto Mejia. Expect Busenitz back in Minnesota at some point this season.
Busenitz was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Fernando Romero was optioned down Saturday, and Busenitz will come up to replace him on the active roster. Busenitz enjoyed a great run with the Twins last year (1.99 ERA, 0.98 WHIP), and while he wasn't as good during a prior stint with the big club earlier this season, his numbers out of the bullpen with Rochester suggest he may be able to carve out a permanent spot in time.
Busenitz was sent to Triple-A Rochester on Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Busenitz appeared in three games for Minnesota out of the bullpen since being called up April 15. He allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out six across 3.1 innings, resulting in a 2.70 ERA.
Busenitz was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.
Busenitz missed out on an Opening Day roster spot due in part to a poor spring performance, but he'll now head back to the majors to join the Twins' bullpen. The righty posted a 1.99 ERA (4.20 FIP) over 31.2 innings of relief with the big club last season.
Busenitz was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Busenitz struggled this spring (7.27 ERA) but this is still a surprise since he was seen as almost a lock to make the bullpen when spring began. He'll likely be called up early in the season as the Twins may aggressively rotate the back end of their bullpen between Triple-A and the majors.
Busenitz gave up three runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning Saturday to raise his spring ERA to 8.22.
Busenitz has given up seven runs in 7.2 innings this spring but does have 10 strikeouts and just two walks. He made a strong impression when called up last season with a 2.05 ERA and 7.8 K/9 in the final two months, so he's likely to win a bullpen spot even with his uneven spring.
Busenitz allowed one hit while striking out one in a scoreless inning Sunday against the Tigers.
Busenitz has been phenomenal in 30 innings with the Twins this year, earning himself a 1.50 ERA. The young right-hander has enjoyed great success against right-handed hitters, allowing a batting average of .177. He has been used mostly in low-leverage situations, but he could be in line to see some key innings during the final games of the season as he continues to establish himself in the Minnesota bullpen.
Busenitz was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Monday.
Busenitz has succeeded in both the majors and the minors this season, so he'll return to the big leagues to replace Craig Breslow on the active roster after the veteran was designated for assignment. Busenitz doesn't seem to be in line for any high-leverage innings, although he does have a nice 39:10 K:BB in 35.1 innings with the Red Wings, which would add some value in deep formats if he can translate it to the big leagues.
Busenitz was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after Thursday's game, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
He'll head back to Rochester after a brief two-day stint with the Twins. Busenitz did not get into either game during his time up with the big league club, but does have six total appearances with the Twins this season. The Twins will fill Busenitz's roster spot by recalling Friday's starter, Felix Jorge.
Busenitz was called up by the Twins on Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Busenitz heads back up to the big leagues due to the injury of Hector Santiago, who landed on the DL with upper-back pain prior to Wednesday's contest against the Angels. In six appearances out of the bullpen for Minnesota this year, Busenitz holds a 2.08 ERA with four strikeouts against three walks in over eight innings of work.
Busenitz had his contract purchased from Triple-A Rochester ahead of Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
As expected, Busenitz will join the Twins as an extra bullpen arm Saturday. He'll take the spot of Adam Wilk, who was designated for assignment following Game 1. Although Busenitz isn't considered a top prospect, he could stick around in the big-league bullpen if he is able to replicate the impressive numbers he put up with Rochester (2.15 ERA and 32:9 K:BB in 29.1 innings).
Busenitz will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester for Saturday's doubleheader against Cleveland, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He has a 2.15 ERA and 32:9 K:BB in 29.1 innings at Rochester.
Busenitz isn't considered a top prospect and was a throw-in on the Hector Santiago trade last summer from the Angels. However, he has an opportunity to stick in the majors as the Twins are desperate for any consistent production in the bullpen.
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||46.1||21||0||0||0||2||2||44||16||49||3.32||1.410|
|2016||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||13.0||10||0||0||0||1||0||13||5||16||7.62||1.615|
|2016||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||7.2||6||0||0||2||0||1||5||4||8||3.75||1.667|
|2017||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||35.1||24||0||0||3||0||2||39||10||19||1.79||0.826|