Aaron Thompson SP MIN 10 Months

Twins re-signed LHP Aaron Thompson to a minor league contract.

Thompson was suspended for the first 50 games this past season for violating baseball's drug policy, but he returned to post a 2.76 ERA over 58-plus frames on the farm. The southpaw will compete for a bullpen spot in spring training.

Aaron Thompson SP MIN Mar 24 '12

Twins' minor league left-hander Aaron Thompson will be suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy.

The commissioner's office has yet to make an official announcement on the suspension, but Twins' general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday that he tested positive for recreational drug use, not performance-enhancing drugs. Thompson, 25, signed a minor league deal with the Twins this winter after spending last season in the Pirates' organization.

Aaron Thompson SP MIN Dec 15 '11

Twins signed LHP Aaron Thompson to a minor league contract.

He also receives an invite to spring training. Thompson, who was claimed off waivers by the Bucs from the Nationals last December, made four appearances with the big club in August and September. While his command improved in the minors this season, the 24-year-old southpaw is missing less bats than ever before. He likely won't make an impact with the Twins, but Minnesota is making sure it improves a putrid Triple-A Rochester team from this past year.

Aaron Thompson SP MIN Oct 31 '11

Pirates sent LHP Aaron Thompson outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Thompson, who was claimed off waivers from the Nationals last December, made four appearances with the big club in August and September. While his command improved in the minors this season, the 24-year-old southpaw is missing less bats than ever before.

Aaron Thompson SP MIN Sep 06 '11

Pirates recalled LHP Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Thompson threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut earlier this season against the Brewers. He'll function as a long reliever this month for Pittsburgh.

Aaron Thompson SP MIN Aug 25 '11

Pirates optioned LHP Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Thompson pitched well in his major league debut Wednesday, tossing 4 1/3 scoreless innings in a spot start against the Brewers. The 24-year-old southpaw could rejoin the Pirates in September.

Aaron Thompson SP MIN Aug 24 '11

Aaron Thompson pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers in his major league debut Tuesday.

Thompson was pulled after getting into trouble in the fifth, so he didn't get the chance to get the win in what was a 2-0 game. He did, however, escape with a perfect ERA after Jason Grilli stranded both runners he inherited. Thompson wasn't guaranteed anything more than the one spot start, but perhaps he'll get a chance to stick around after the solid showing.

Aaron Thompson SP MIN Aug 23 '11

The Pirates have summoned left-hander Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Pirates haven't made an official roster move, but he could be a candidate to start Wednesday or pitch out of the bullpen. The 24-year-old southpaw has a 4.63 ERA and 60/22 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. It's unlikely he'll be fantasy relevant.

Aaron Thompson SP MIN Jun 30 '11

Pirates sent LHP Aaron Thompson outright to Double-A Altoona.

Thompson was designated for assignment last week to clear a spot for Chase d'Arnaud on the 40-man roster. The 24-year-old southpaw has a 4.97 ERA and 43/18 K/BB ratio over 67 innings at the Double-A level this season.

Aaron Thompson SP MIN Jun 24 '11

Pirates designated LHP Aaron Thompson for assignment.

Space was needed on the 40-man roster for Chase d'Arnaud. Thompson, 24, was struggling mightily for Double-A Altoona this season, posting a 4.97 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in his first 67 innings of work. It's a possibility he'll clear waivers and end up back with the Bucs.