The Twins called Dobnak up from their alternate training site ahead of Tuesday's wild-card opener versus the Astros.
Dobnak made the Twins' postseason roster as a long man out of the bullpen, likely earning the spot over Rich Hill. The Twins dropped Dobnak from their rotation in mid-September after back-to-back rocky starts, but he was still an effective depth starter overall in 2020, finishing with a 4.05 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 46.2 innings.
Dobnak was optioned to the Twins' alternate training site Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Dobnak struggled in Tuesday's start as he was charged with his fourth loss of the season, and he'll be removed from the active roster as a result. Jake Odorizzi (abdomen) was reinstated from the injured list to take his place in the rotation. Dobnak will remain with the taxi squad for the team's current road trip, so he'll be available in an emergency situation.
Dobnak (6-4) allowed four earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four across 4.1 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the White Sox.
Dobnak didn't allow any home runs but faltered in the third inning. Four of the first five batters he faced reached base, resulting in three runs crossing the plate. Dobnak allowed two or fewer runners to score in each of his six outings, but he has surrendered 17 earned runs across 21.1 frames in his last five trips to the mound. He'll look to get things back on track in his next outing, projected to come Tuesday against Detroit.
Dobnak (6-3) took the loss in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, coughing up five runs on two hits, two walks and two HBP over 2.2 innings. He struck out two.
The right-hander threw only 27 of his 47 pitches for strikes before getting the hook in the middle of a third inning in which the Cards sent 11 batters to the plate. Dobnak has now given up at least five runs in two of his last three starts, inflating his ERA to 3.61, and his struggles could put his rotation spot in jeopardy with Michael Pineda pitching well since his return from suspension and Jake Odorizzi (abdomen) closing in on his own return to action.
Dobnak (6-2) tossed five scoreless innings as he earned the win in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He allowed four hits and one walk while striking out four.
The Twins led off Friday's doubleheader with back-to-back home runs in the first inning, and that run support was all Dobnak needed to pick up his sixth win of 2020. The right-hander allowed just five baserunners over the first five innings, and the bullpen took care of the rest. Dobnak now carries a 2.72 ERA and 21:10 K:BB over 39.2 innings this season. His next start should come at home against Cleveland next Friday.
Dobnak (5-2) allowed six runs on 12 hits and two walks while managing just one strikeout across 4.1 innings Saturday as he was handed his second loss of the season.
It was just one of those off-days for Dobnak as the Tiger hitters were making contact with everything he was throwing. Saturday's outing was the first time all season the young right-hander allowed more than two runs in a start and was just the second time he surrendered more than four hits. Dobnak is lined up to face the Tigers again Friday and will look to get back into the win column once again.
Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers was postponed, so Dobnak will take the hill for Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday instead, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
He was already going to be pitching on an extra day of rest, so now he will be starting on two extra days of rest. Kenta Maeda can start the nightcap on normal rest.
Dobnak has been pushed back to be the starter for Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Twins are expecting Game 1 to be interrupted by poor weather, so they are moving the bullpen game that they had planned for the nightcap up to the matinee. It's possible that weather will prevent both games from finishing, but Dobnak will start Game 2 if there is one.
Dobnak will start Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
Dobnak was originally scheduled to take the mound Thursday before the game was postponed. The right-hander, who owns a 1.78 ERA (4.07 FIP), 1.02 WHIP and 16:7 K:BB across six outings (30.1 innings) this season, will look to extend his winning streak to six games Friday.
Dobnak's scheduled start against the Tigers on Thursday was postponed, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The two teams will elect not to take the field Thursday following the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Dobnak take the mound.
Dobnak (5-1) picked up the win Saturday, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings in a 7-2 victory over the Royals. He struck out two.
Kansas City had runners on base in every inning against Dobnak, but the right-hander escaped taking any damage until the fifth thanks to three double plays turned behind him. He's now won five straight outings, and while there's a wide disparity between his 1.78 ERA and 4.07 FIP, in a shortened season regression isn't guaranteed. Dobnak will look to keep coaxing weak contact out of the opposition in his next start Thursday in Detroit.
Dobnak (4-1) picked up the win Sunday against the Royals, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk across 5.1 innings pitched. He struck out three.
After allowing solo homers in each of the first two innings, Dobnak settled in nicely and did not allow another run for the rest of his outing. The right-hander has now won each of his last four outings as he continues to be a pleasant surprise for a Minnesota rotation that has been burdened by injuries to Rich Hill (shoulder) and Homer Bailey (biceps). Dobnak will look to stay on a roll when he faces Kansas City once again next week.
Dobnak (3-1) allowed one run on four hits and a walk Monday, striking out three and earning the win over Milwaukee.
Once again, the 25-year-old right-hander was terrific for Minnesota, earning his third consecutive win. Dobnak yielded an RBI double to Orlando Arcia in the second inning but held the Brewers quiet over the next few frames. He's allowed one run or fewer in all four of his starts this season. He'll carry a stellar 0.90 ERA into Sunday's home contest against the Royals.
Dobnak will remain in the Minnesota starting rotation, manager Rocco Baldelli told Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. "We'll be ready for pretty much anything, but I don't think there's any reason right now to think [Dobnak] is going to come out of the rotation any time in the near future," said Baldelli.
Dobnak has given up just one run in 15 innings in his first three starts. With both Rich Hill and Homer Bailey on the injured list (Jake Odorizzi is set to return from the IL on Saturday), Dobnak's spot in the rotation should be set for the next week or two. However, it sounds like Baldelli envisions keeping Dobnak in the rotation even when those injured starters are healthy.
Dobnak (2-1) allowed three hits and no walks while striking out one across six scoreless innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Pirates.
Dobnak failed to generate many strikeouts and induced just four swinging strikes on 71 total pitches. Still, he was efficient and effective by minimizing hard contact, as 11 of his 18 outs came via the ground ball. With Rich Hill (shoulder) and Homer Bailey (biceps) sidelined, Dobnak should maintain a secure role in the rotation for the time being. He'll face a stiffer test in his next outing, currently projected for Monday at Milwaukee.
Dobnak (1-0) picked up the win in Friday's 4-1 victory over Cleveland, allowing three hits and two walks over five scoreless innings. He struck out four.
The right-hander got staked to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, as Cleveland only got one runner into scoring position against Dobnak before he checked out after throwing 94 pitches (63 strikes). He'll continue to hold down a rotation spot at least until Jake Odorizzi (back) is healthy, but Dobnak's performance so far has been more than good enough to earn a starting role on a full-time basis. If Odorizzi isn't ready to displace him by then, Dobnak's next turn would come Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
Dobnak (0-1) took the loss Saturday against the White Sox after allowing one run on three hits and two walks over four innings. He recorded three strikeouts.
The 25-year-old was called upon for the spot start with Rich Hill unavailable, and he delivered a strong performance before the bullpen fell apart and gave up nine runs. Dobnak should operate out of the bullpen this season but may see occasional spot starts after posting a 1.59 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 28.1 innings (nine appearances) last season.
Dobnak will start Saturday's game at the White Sox, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Dobnak will be called into action on short notice after Rich Hill was scratched from his scheduled start for an undisclosed reason. Dobnak was competing for the fifth starter role during spring training and summer camp, but Saturday's spot start signals that he could be a top fill-in option for the rotation if he performs well to begin the season. The 25-year-old made nine appearances (five starts) with the Twins last season, posting a 1.59 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 28.1 innings.
Dobnak has made Minnesota's 30-man Opening Day roster, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
With Homer Bailey winning the fifth starter role, Dobnak, Smeltzer and Lewis Thorpe will serve as long relievers to begin the season. Dobnak was impressive in summer camp and likely will get the first shot at entering the rotation should there be an opening.
Dobnak threw four scoreless innings with four strikeouts and no walks in Wednesday's scrimmage, MLB.com reports.
We wouldn't read too much into his results since the pitchers are likely ahead of the hitters at this point in summer camp, but it is notable that he was given a start in the first scrimmage of the preseason. It could be a sign that he has a real shot at winning the fifth starter role in a competition with Homer Bailey, Devin Smeltzer, Lewis Thorpe, Sean Poppen and Jhoulys Chacin.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/15||@ CHW||L 2-6||1||4.1||8||4||1||4|
|09/08||@ STL||L 4-6||1||2.2||2||5||2||2|
|09/04||vs DET||W 2-0||1||5.0||4||0||1||4|
|08/29||@ DET||L 2-8||1||4.1||12||6||2||1|
|08/22||@ KC||W 7-2||1||5.0||8||2||1||2|
|08/16||vs KC||W 4-2||1||5.1||3||2||1||3|
|08/10||@ MIL||W 4-2||1||5.0||4||1||1||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||7.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||6||2.57||1.000|
|2018||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||129.0||24||20||1||10||5||0||84||25||138||3.14||1.264|
|2019||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||22.1||4||4||0||3||0||0||14||4||18||0.41||0.996|
|2019||AAX-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||66.2||11||10||1||4||2||0||61||6||58||2.58||0.967|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||46.0||9||7||0||5||2||0||34||18||28||2.15||1.000|