Poppen was traded from the Pirates to the Rays in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays are known for finding undervalued pitchers, but they may have to make some tweaks to turn Poppen into a useful arm. In 20.2 career major-league innings, he owns a 6.53 ERA. He'll remain in the minors for now and is unlikely to fill a high-leverage role if and when he eventually joins the big-league bullpen.
Poppen was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Thursday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Poppen was sent down by Pittsburgh in early May and will now be removed from the 40-man roster after Will Craig's contract was selected as part of a corresponding move. Poppen made three relief appearances for the pirates to begin the season and allowed four runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out four in 4.2 innings.
Poppen was optioned to the Pirates' alternate training site Monday.
Poppen had been with the team since mid-April but made just three appearances, giving up seven runs (four earned) in 4.2 innings of work. Michael Feliz (finger) returned from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Poppen was recalled from the alternate training site Friday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
The 27-year-old missed out on the Opening Day roster but will head to the majors two weeks into the season. Poppen surrendered five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with a 6:4 K:BB over eight innings during spring training.
Poppen was optioned to minor-league camp Wednesday.
Poppen made six relief appearances this spring and allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and four walks while striking out six over eight innings. The right-hander will now join minor-league camp ahead of the regular season before he likely starts the year with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Poppen pitched two innings of scoreless relief Tuesday, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out three.
After giving up three runs in his Grapefruit League debut, Poppen has posted five straight scoreless outings. The righty, who doesn't throw particularly hard, figures to start the season with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Poppen was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Thursday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Poppen was designated for assignment by the Twins on Tuesday, but he'll find a spot on another 40-man roster just two days later. The right-hander will spend the offseason with his new club after allowing four runs while striking out 10 over 7.2 innings across six appearances in 2020. Utilityman JT Riddle was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
The Twins designated Poppen for assignment Tuesday.
Poppen was dropped from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for outfield prospect Alex Kirilloff, whose contract was selected from the minor leagues ahead of the Twins' wild-card opener against the Astros. During the regular season, Poppen made six relief appearances, giving up four runs and striking out 10 over 7.2 innings.
Poppen was optioned to the Twins' alternate site Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Poppen has bounced on and off the Twins' roster all season, spending five separate periods with the team. He didn't get into a game during his latest stint, which lasted just three days. Homer Bailey (biceps) was activated from the 45-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Poppen was recalled from the alternate training site Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
The 26-year-old will rejoin the Twins for the final stretch of the regular season with Jake Odorizzi (finger) landing on the injured list. Poppen has given up four runs on nine hits with a 10:4 K:BB over 7.2 innings this season.
The Twins optioned Poppen to their alternate site Wednesday.
Poppen was called up from the alternate site to serve as the Twins' 29th man for Tuesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals. He came on in relief in the second game -- a 6-4 Twins loss -- striking out one of the two batters he faced and allowing a base knock to the other. He'll now head back to the alternate site as the Twins reduce their roster to the normal 28 men prior to their next game Friday against the Indians.
Poppen was optioned to the Twins' alternate training site Saturday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Poppen struggled Friday against the Tigers as he allowed two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning. He'll head to alternate camp to right the ship but could return to the major-league bullpen at some point over the final few weeks of the season.
Poppen was recalled by the Twins on Saturday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Poppen has been shuttled between alternate camp and the major-league roster to begin the season, but he could see slightly extended time on the 28-man roster after Jake Odorizzi (abdomen) and Zack Littell (elbow) were placed on the 10-day injured list. Poppen should pitch mainly in lower-leverage situations after posting a 3.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP with five strikeouts over three innings in his first two relief appearances this year.
The Twins optioned Poppen to their alternate training site following Saturday's doubleheader with the Royals.
Poppen was called up from the alternate site in St. Paul to serve as the 29th man for the twin bill, so he was never expected to stick around long with the big club. The right-hander has made two relief appearances for Minnesota this season, giving up a run over three innings.
Poppen was recalled to serve as the 29th man during Saturday's doubleheader against the Royals, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Poppen was optioned to the Twins' alternate training site Sunday, but he'll be available out of the bullpen for Saturday's twin bill. The right-hander made two appearances as a reliever to begin the season, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five over three innings. He should be returned to the alternate training site following the doubleheader.
The Twins optioned Poppen to their alternate training site Sunday.
Poppen worked two innings in relief in Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Royals, giving up a run on two hits and two walks while striking out four. Since he wasn't likely to be available out of the bullpen for at least the next couple of days, Poppen was optioned to make room for a fresh arm in Cory Gearrin.
The Twins recalled Poppen from their alternate training site prior to Sunday's game against the Indians, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Poppen will assume the active roster spot of starter Homer Bailey (biceps), who was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. The 26-year-old right-hander could be one of several relievers the Twins turn to Sunday, as the club is expected to treat the series finale as a bullpen game once opener Tyler Clippard exits the contest.
Poppen was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Prior to the suspension of spring training, Poppen compiled a 3.00 ERA and 10:3 K:BB across nine innings. It remains to be seen whether Poppen will work as a starter or reliever in the minors.
Poppen threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and reached 94 mph on the radar gun in Saturday's spring training win over Pittsburgh.
Poppen was thought to be a little behind the other starters since he was coming back from an elbow injury that prematurely ended his 2019 season. However, his appearance in Minnesota's first spring game likely shows he's at full strength. He'll compete for a bullpen role this spring. Poppen was an unheralded prospect at the start of last season, yet he rose from Double-A to the majors based on a strong strikeout rate (10.6 K/9 at Triple-A and 12.4 K/9 at Double-A). He'll need to improve his control to stick in the majors.
Poppen may begin the spring a little behind the other starters as he comes back from an elbow injury, but he could compete for a long-relief role, MLB.com reports.
Poppen has been throwing bullpen sessions in spring training and appears ready to appear in games at the start of spring. He missed the last six weeks of last season with a right elbow contusion. Poppen was an unheralded prospect at the start of the season, yet he rose from Double-A to the majors based on a strong strikeout rate (10.6 K/9 at Triple-A and 12.4 K/9 at Double-A). He'll need to improve his control to stick in the majors.
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