Brian Duensing RP MIN 4 weeks ago

Duensing retired the only batter he faced in Monday's win over Baltimore. He hasn't give up a run in his last eight innings over six appearances to lower his ERA to 6.30.

Duensing had a terrible start to the season as he gave up nine earned runs and had just a 5:6 K:BB ratio in 10.2 innings in April and May. Duensing has been outstanding against left-handed batters in his career (.609 OPS allowed), but lefties have an .837 OPS against him this year. The Twins have been searching for a lefty specialist as a result with Ryan O'Rourke called from Triple-A to audition for the role. Duensing could move into more high-leverage roles if his recent hot streak continues.

Brian Duensing RP MIN 3 months ago

Duensing (oblique) was activated from the disabled list Friday, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.

Duensing spent the minimum amount of time on the DL due to a right intercostal strain. Expect him to resume his role as the Twins' top left-handed setup man.

Brian Duensing RP MIN 3 months ago

Duensing (oblique) is on track to be activated from the disabled list for Saturday's game against the White Sox, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Duensing will apparently be ready right around the 15-day minimum, as his bullpen sessions have thus far gone well. He should be a useful lefty for the Minnesota bullpen, but he only has two saves and 23 holds since converting to a full-time reliever at the beginning of 2013.

Brian Duensing RP MIN 3 months ago

Duensing (intercostal strain) threw a 30-pitch bullpen Monday and will throw to hitters Thursday, Brandon Warne of Fangraphs.com reports.

Duensing was able to get through the bullpen session without reporting any issues as he appears to be making progress in his return from an intercostal strain suffered two weeks ago. There's no exact timetable provided for a return just yet, but if he's able to throw to hitters Thursday without incident, the lefty may be able to move on to a brief rehab stint shortly after.

Brian Duensing RP MIN 3 months ago

Duensing (intercostal strain) played catch Wednesday, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The right-hander started up with his throwing program, as expected, just five days after landing on the DL. He will be limited to playing catch for at least the next couple days. The intercostal strain is reportedly minor, but the Twins don't want it to be an issue for Duensing all season.

Brian Duensing RP MIN 3 months ago

Duensing (intercostal strain) will begin a throwing program Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

The injury forced Duensing onto the 15-day DL late last week, but his ability to start up with a throwing program bodes well for his chances of returning on or shortly after his earliest possible activation date.

Brian Duensing RP MIN 4 months ago

Duensing was placed on the 15-day DL with a right intercostal strain, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Duensing had given up three runs in 3.1 innings in his first six games of the season. Caleb Thielbar was called up from Triple-A and could replace him as the top lefty setup man.

Brian Duensing RP MIN 4 months ago

Duensing was credited with the save after recording the final four outs of Friday's win over the White Sox.

He entered the game with two outs in the eighth inning while the Twins were protecting a three-run lead. After the Minnesota offense put three additional runs on the board in the top of the ninth, manager Paul Molitor opted to rest closer Glen Perkins and simply keep Duensing in the game to record the final three outs.

Brian Duensing RP MIN 4 months ago

Duensing (leg) threw 1.1 scoreless innings in Friday's spring training loss to Pittsburgh.

Duensing took a liner off his upper left leg in Tuesday's spring training game. It looks like he'll be ready for Opening Day. He'll be the top lefty setup man for closer Glen Perkins.

Brian Duensing RP MIN 4 months ago

Duensing (leg) is tentatively scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Duensing took a liner off his upper left leg in Tuesday's spring training game. He should have enough time to recover and be ready for Opening Day, but watch his progress.