Just a week away from Opening Day in Chicago, the Minnesota Twins cut their active roster by 10 players, down to a total of 29. While nine players were just reassigned to either Triple-A Rochester or minor league camp, Monday was the end of the line for Matt Guerrier‘s comeback attempt with his former team.
The Twins granted Guerrier’s outright release, allowing him to sign with any other team in his attempt to make a major league bullpen.
Here’s the list of who else was relieved of their active roster duties:
Chris Herrmann – C/OF
Ryan Pressly – P
Michael Tonkin – P
Minor League Camp
Doug Bernier – IF
Deolis Guerra – P
Matt Hoffman – P
Wilkin Ramirez – OF
Deibinson Romero – IF
Aaron Thompson – P
Micheal Tonkin gets the short end of the stick to start the 2014 campaign. Tonkin probably deserves a bullpen spot, but is being held captive by Sam Deduno and Scott Diamond who no longer have options.
Chris Herrmann being cut means that Josmil Pinto will go north with the Twins as the backup backstop. It’s believed that projected starter Kurt Suzuki will be handing over the keys to the catching job as the season progresses and having Pinto on the team from the start can only jump-start that process.