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December 23, 2015 12:26 PM
Diamondbacks' Tim Stauffer: Signs minor league contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stauffer signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Stauffer struggled in two stops in the MLB last season, holding a 6.97 ERA in 18 appearances. However, he was excellent in the minors, going 4-1 in eight starts for Triple-A Las Vegas with a 2.48 ERA. He's a good piece in the minors and has the skill set to be an extra arm at the end of the bullpen if necessary.

October 12, 2015 02:09 PM
Mets' Tim Stauffer: Designated for assignment Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stauffer was designated for assignment Monday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

The move was simply a procedural one, as the Mets needed to clear room on their 40-man roster after adding Matt Reynolds to the playoff roster to replace the injured Ruben Tejada. Stauffer will enter the offseason as a free agent, and will likely be a long relief option or back of the rotation starter wherever he lands.

June 1, 2015 02:09 PM
Twins activate Tim Stauffer, option Doug Bernier to Triple-A
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Twins announced that right-handed pitcher Tim Stauffer has been reinstated from the disabled list and will be available for Friday’s game in Chicago against the White Sox. Stauffer missed 19 games with a right intercostal strain. He allowed three earned runs over five innings of work while rehabbing for Triple-A Rochester.

In a corresponding move, Minnesota optioned infielder Doug Bernier to Triple-A Rochester. Bernier appeared in four games, hitting .200 (1 for 5) during his stint with the big-league club.

June 1, 2015 02:13 PM
Twins reliever Tim Stauffer to make second rehab appearance Sunday
by Ted Leshinski | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Tim Stauffer (intercostal strain) will make another rehab appearance Sunday, a scheduled three-inning outing in Triple-A, per MLB.com.

Stauffer was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 30 with a right intercostal strain.

He's made one other rehab appearance, pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning in Triple-A on Tuesday.

Stauffer had made eight relief appearances for the Twins before going on the DL, posting a record of 1-0 with an ERA of 8.38 in 9 2/3 innings.

June 1, 2015 02:18 PM
Twins' Tim Stauffer pitches perfect inning in first injury rehab game
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Tim Stauffer started a minor league injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. 

Stauffer is on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain.

He pitched the eighth inning and retired the side on nine pitches, six strikes. Stauffer allowed two ground outs and a pop out. 

June 1, 2015 02:18 PM
Twins' Tim Stauffer to begin rehab assignment Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Tim Stauffer will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester Tuesday, the team announced.

Stauffer was placed on the disabled list on May 1 due to a right intercostal strain. He has made eight appearances with the Twins, posting an 8.38 ERA and 2:6 K:BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.

June 1, 2015 02:20 PM
Twins RP Tim Stauffer (intercostal) throws off mound
by Elliot Smith | CBSSports.com

Twins reliever Tim Stauffer, who is working his way back from a strained intercostal, threw off the mound at Target Field on Sunday in preparation for his return later this week, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Stauffer is 1-0 with an 8.38 ERA in eight games this season. He was placed on the disabled list on May 1, retroactive to April 30. 

June 1, 2015 02:26 PM
Tim Stauffer playing catch for Twins, Casey Fien still waiting
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Tim Stauffer, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained intercostal, has taken a step toward returning. 

GM Terry Ryan said that Stauffer has started playing catch, per MLB.com

The news on Casey Fien, disabled with a shoulder injury, wasn't as good. Fien still hasn't begun throwing, Ryan said. 

June 1, 2015 02:28 PM
Twins looking to Aaron Thompson, Ryan Pressly for long relief
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

The Twins are working without a dedicated long reliever. Tim Stauffer is on the 15-day disabled list, and the team decided to send Tommy Milone to Triple-A so he could remain a starter, instead of sending him to the bullpen. 

Manager Paul Molitor said he'd mix and match pitchers in long-relief situations. Aaron Thompson got the first call, going 2 1/3 innings on Saturday. Ryan Pressly is probably next. 

Pressly was promoted from Triple-A on Friday. 

"Pressly is probably one of the longer guys I could use in a game right now, but it could change day to day," Molitor said, per MLB.com

"It's all fine by me," Pressly said. "I just want to pitch and prove to them I've made some tweaks, and I'm not the same reliever that was all over the place in Spring Training. I just have to take the opportunity and run with it."

June 1, 2015 02:31 PM
Twins recall Ryan Pressly as Tim Stauffer goes on 15-day DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Twins pitcher Tim Stauffer was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a right intercostal strain. The move was retroactive to April 30.

To take his spot on the roster, the Twins recalled pitcher Ryan Pressly from Triple-A Rochester. Pressly went 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in seven relief appearances for Rochester.

June 1, 2015 02:38 PM
Twins' Tim Stauffer struggling with changeup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Twins reliever Tim Stauffer admits that he's not "where I'd like to be at this point in the year," per TwinCities.com.

Through five appearances, Stauffer has a 9.00 ERA.

"I’ve always been a little bit of a slow starter," he said. "Obviously, I don’t want to make any excuses. I’d like to be able to go out there and get in a groove. I really don’t feel like I’ve hit that groove quite yet." 

Stauffer said that his changeup "is still not where I want it to be".

June 1, 2015 03:10 PM
Twins bullpen set after Caleb Thielbar sent down to minors
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Twins have optioned left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar down to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

With Thielbar heading down to the minors to start the season, Minnesota's seven-man bullpen will include Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, JR Graham, Blaine Boyer, Mike Pelfrey and Tim Stauffer.

June 1, 2015 03:30 PM
Tim Stauffer no longer in the running for spot in Twins' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Twins manager Paul Molitor announced Wednesday pitcher Tim Stauffer has bowed out of the competition for the final spot in the rotation and will now focus on a move to the bullpen, per the Pioneer Press.

Molitor said Stauffer is "fine" with the move to the bullpen. Stauffer has made three appearances this spring -- all in relief -- but has not pitched well. He has allowed 12 runs (10 earned) on 16 hits and four walks in six innings. He has a 15.00 ERA. 

“We will make a little adjustment with his routine, and he is going to get into more of a bullpen routine to prepare for something along the lines of that role,” Molitor said. “He was fine with that. Neil will change his schedule on how we’re going to be using him.”

June 1, 2015 03:31 PM
Twins' Tim Stauffer feels 'a little sluggish'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Tim Stauffer has struggled with production and velocity this spring, but he said Tuesday he's completely healthy and just feeling "a little sluggish," the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"I just feel a little sluggish out there," Stauffer said. "Nothing hurts or anything. There’s no pain. Just a little dead-arm funk right now."

Manager Paul Molitor said Sunday that he and pitching coach Neal Allen would meet with the pitcher Tuesday to discuss plans for the final three weeks of camp, which could include Stauffer preparing for a bullpen role. Stauffer indicated that his lack of fastball velocity has caused him to use more offspeed pitches in games.

"Obviously everything is related to the arm speed and velocity," he said. "That’s all going to change when you get going the right way. Obviously it’s much more challenging working with half a deck of cards, so to speak. I’m staying positive and not getting overly concerned with the results. You know when your stuff is good. I know right now it’s not where it was last year and the previous year. I know my arm’s not where it’s going to be. Hopefully here in the next couple weeks I’ll get it ironed out."

Stauffer has surrendered 12 runs (10 earned) in six innings while striking out two and walking four this spring.

June 1, 2015 03:43 PM
Twins GM Terry Ryan not ready to name favorite for final rotation spot
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Jim Souhan of The Star Tribune wrote in his Sunday column he feels Alex Meyer is the leading candidate for the final spot in the Twins' rotation. He mentioned it to Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who doesn't appear to have anyone atop his list yet as the favorite for the role of fifth starter.

“You’re ahead of yourself,” Ryan said. “There are people who are going to argue with you. There are other people out there who are going to compete for that job and believe they’re ahead of Alex Meyer, because of their track record and experience.

“One of them is Tommy Milone. He’s got a lot more experience than Alex Meyer. He’s got somewhat close to the same stuff. He’s won 13 games in the big leagues. He isn’t going to want to hear that … stuff.

“There are guys competing out there who want to send Alex Meyer back to the minors. Alex better realize he has to earn this thing. Which is a good position for us to be in.

Tim Stauffer is another guy. He had a good year in San Diego about three years ago. He’s no slouch.

Mike Pelfrey is a good man.  I’m hoping things turn for him. He certainly wants to earn his keep. He has a shot at the fifth spot, and if that doesn’t work out, he has a shot at the bullpen.”

June 1, 2015 03:58 PM
Twins' Tim Stauffer open to any role
by Chris Cwik |

Twins pitcher Tim Stauffer said it doesn't matter whether he's a starter or reliever, according to MLB.com.

Stauffer said he doesn't mind pitching in either role, though admits there are big differences. Mostly, he just wants to help out the team. "At this point in my career, I'm open to whatever the team needs," he said. 

Stauffer added that his pitch mix as a starter has helped him excel in a relief role. Last seaon, Stauffer posted a 3.50 ERA over 64 1/3 innings. He started three games, but mostly pitched out of the bullpen. 

June 1, 2015 04:32 PM
Twins' Ryan: Tim Stauffer will get the chance to start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday pitcher Tim Stauffer, who signed a one-year deal in December, will get a chance to start, per FOXSportsNorth.com. 

Stauffer, who has spent his nine-year MLB career with San Diego, has made 73 starts and 110 relief appearances in his career. He is 21-30 with a 4.29 ERA as a starter and has a 2.85 ERA as a reliever.

June 2, 2015 04:35 AM
Twins sign pitcher Tim Stauffer
by Chris Cwik |

The Twins have signed pitcher Tim Stauffer to a one-year deal.

Stauffer will make $2.2 million next season. The 32-year-old posted a 3.50 ERA over 64 1/3 innings last year. He was mostly used in relief, though did manage to start three games. 

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June 2, 2015 06:56 AM
Tim Stauffer picks up win in extras
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer picked up his fifth win of the season Friday, as he pitched a scoreless 12th inning to help down the Dodgers, 3-2.

Stauffer closed out the game by allowing one hit in an otherwise nondescript 12th inning, during which he also struck out one batter. He picked up the win as the offense went on to score in the bottom half of the inning, pushing his record to 5-2 for the season.

Stauffer has a 3.61 ERA in 52 1/3 innings on the season. 

June 2, 2015 07:23 AM
Tim Stauffer picks up fourth win Sunday vs. Braves
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 10th inning to earn a win in his team's 4-3 victory over the Braves Sunday.

Stauffer (4-2) has picked up wins on two straight days, though he was far from perfect Saturday, giving up three hits and a walk in two innings of work. He owns a 3.72 ERA and 49:21 K:BB ratio in 46 innings.

Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2004A-Lk Elsinore
2004AA-Mobile
2004AAA-Portland
2005AAA-Portland
2006AAA-Portland
2007AAA-Portland
2009AAA-Portland
2009AA-San Antonio
2010AAA-Portland Beavers
2012AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm
2012AAA-Tucson Padres
2012R-AZL Padres
2013AAA-Tucson Padres