MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Joe Ryan from Triple-A St. Paul, and have returned right-handed pitcher Randy Dobnak from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 60-day Injured List.
Ryan, 25, has appeared in 14 games (13 starts) between Triple-A St. Paul and Triple-A Durham this season, going 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA (66.0 IP, 25 ER), 12 walks, 92 strikeouts, a 0.79 WHIP and a .173 (40-for-231) opponent batting average. The San Francisco, California native was one of two minor league pitchers (also Drew Strotman) acquired via trade with Tampa Bay on July 22, in exchange for designated hitter Nelson Cruz. At the time of the trade he was in Tokyo, Japan competing in the Olympics, and helped Team USA win the silver medal in baseball. He was originally drafted by the Rays in the seventh round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft out of California State University, Stanislaus and is currently the Twins’ number six prospect, according to MLB.com. Ryan is scheduled to make the start tonight against the Chicago Cubs and will wear uniform number 74.
Dobnak, who has missed the Twins’ last 61 games with a right middle finger strain, made two starts on rehab assignment for Single-A Fort Myers and Triple-A St. Paul, allowing one run on five hits in 7.2 innings pitched with four walks and seven strikeouts. Prior to being placed on the 10-day Injured List on June 24 (retroactive to June 21), he went 1-6 with a 7.83 ERA (43.2 IP, 38 ER), one save, 12 walks and 25 strikeouts in 13 games (5 starts) for the Twins. Dobnak is scheduled to start Friday night’s series and roadtrip opener at Tampa Bay.
To make room for Ryan on the 40-man roster, the Twins have transferred right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda (right forearm tightness) to the 60-day Injured List. Maeda, who was placed on the 10-day Injured List on August 24, is scheduled to have surgery on his right elbow today in Dallas, Texas.
Additionally, right-handed pitcher Edgar García has cleared waivers and will be assigned to Triple-A St. Paul. García appeared in six games for the Twins this season after being claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on July 30, allowing 12 runs on nine hits in 10.1 innings pitched, with seven walks and eight strikeouts.