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Twinkie Town Apr 17, 2015

What is an intercostal strain?

Brian Duensing has been placed on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. So...what is that, exactly? There are a thousand ways for a pitcher to experience enough pain and discomfort to keep him from throwing. For Brian Duensing, this time that means an intercostal strain. Let's talk about exactly what that is. Intercostals are muscles found between the ribs. Excessive tension of these muscles can happen suddenly or over time due to an activity like pitching where the same movements happen over and over again. In pitchers it's a result of the repetitive motion and the twisting of...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Apr 17, 2015

Twins place Brian Duensing on DL, recall Caleb Thielbar

Struggling Twins reliever Brian Duensing was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, and fellow left-hander Caleb Thielbar was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

Twinsights: Brian Duensing lands on disabled list, Caleb Thielbar recalled

Struggling reliever Brian Duensing was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday and fellow left-hander Caleb Thielbar was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Duensing, who posted a 7.36 earned run average and one save through his first six outings, was hit hard in the ninth inning of Thursday's 8-5 win over Kansas City. Duensing was subsequently diagnosed with an intercostal strain in his right side. This is the first DL stint in Duensing's career, which dates to 2009 in the majors. Thielbar, optioned at the end of spring training, picked up a win and posted three scoreless outings (2 1/3...
Twinkie Town Apr 17, 2015

Duensing to the disabled list, Thielbar recalled

The Twins make their second change in the bullpen this year. Just before Opening Day, Aaron Thompson was asked to take Mike Pelfrey's place in the bullpen following Ervin Santana's suspension. The year's second move in the bullpen comes on an injury to Brian Duensing. Duensing placed on DL with right intercostal strain, Caleb Thielbar recalled from Triple-A Rochester — Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) April 17, 2015 Duensing had made six appearances for the Twins so far, which is astonishing considering the team has only played nine games. In 3.2 innings he's allowed three runs off...
Twinkie Town Apr 16, 2015

Twins 8, Royals 5: Call It a Winning Streak

The Twins handed the Royals their second loss of the season today, and improved their record to 3-6 on the year. A combination of good-enough pitching and the offense finally kicking in sealed the deal, as Joe Mauer, Kennys Vargas, and Kurt Suzuki all knocked in multiple runs in the game. Twins pitcher Tommy Milone wasn't as good as his last outing, but did manage to make it into the 6th inning, giving up just 3 runs on 7 hits. He also notched 3 Ks and 3 BBs. The bullpen came in to try and seal the deal for Minnesota, and after a little drama from Brian Duensing, managed to close out the...
Twinkie Town Apr 13, 2015

A quick peek at the Twins' bullpen usage

There's a lot that's not working right now, but let's not tackle it all at once. It's early, but it looks like I was on the wrong side of the bullpen debate. While fans and the Twins themselves were obviously looking for additional bullpen help at the end of spring training, I firmly believed that the team had enough options internally to find one or even two very reliable arms to file in behind Glen Perkins and Casey Fien. That hasn't happened yet. Breaking camp with Blaine Boyer, Brian Duensing, and Mike Pelfrey in the bullpen certainly lacked confidence and ingenuity, but perhaps the...
Twinkie Town Apr 10, 2015

Milone Blanks Sox as Twins Cruise, 6-0

The Twins first victory of the season was...easy. What? Remember earlier this week when it was all going to hell in a handcart?  And the only thing standing between the Twins and the abyss was Tommy friggin' Milone?  WELL GUESS WHAT. Milone ruined Chicago's home opener, going 7+ strong innings and striking out 7 in a 6-0 viesctory for your Minnesota Twins.  The lefty retired 16 White Sox in a row at one point, and was only in any real trouble when he walked two in the first inning.  Brian Duensing finished the 8th for Milone and pitched the 9th as well, earning the team's first save of...
Twinkie Town Apr 3, 2015

2015 Twins Opening Day Roster

The Twins have made their final roster cuts, giving us our 25-man roster for this coming Monday. If there's one word to describe the roster decisions that the Twins have made this spring, it's "safe." In every circumstance they took the experienced and veteran option over the younger, higher-upside option. Blaine Boyer and Brian Duensing over Michael Tonkin and Caleb Thielbar. Jordan Schafer and Shane Robinson over Aaron Hicks or Eddie Rosario. Tommy Milone and Mike Pelfrey over Alex Meyer and Trevor May. None of these moves are particularly surprising, but it's at the very least...
Twinkie Town Apr 1, 2015

Twins pitching staff set for opening day?

The Twins announced one roster move this morning, seemingly locking up the pitching staff for opening day. And just like that, at least one half of the roster is set for opening day. The Minnesota Twins have optioned Caleb Thielbar to Triple-A. This was the final decision to be made for the pitching staff. Twins Opening Day pitching staff Rotation Phil Hughes Ervin Santana Ricky Nolasco Kyle Gibson Tommy Milone Bullpen Glen Perkins Casey Fien Brian Duensing Tim Stauffer Blaine Boyer J.R. Graham Mike Pelfrey Thielbar had a rough spring, posting solid strikeout and walk ratios but giving...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Mar 30, 2015

Twins' lefty relievers shelled in loss to Red Sox

Before Monday night, six of Brian Duensing's seven outings this spring had been scoreless. Then the Boston Red Sox tagged him for six earned runs on eight hits, including a Mike Napoli broken-bat home run, in a single inning of work.

Twinsights: Twins lefty relievers suffer through nightmare outings

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Before Monday night, six of Brian Duensing’s seven outings this spring had been scoreless. Then the Boston Red Sox tagged him for six earned runs on eight hits, including a Mike Napoli broken-bat home run, in a single inning of work. Just like that Duensing’s earned run average nearly quadrupled (from 2.25 to 8.00). The last seven batters Duensing faced reached on hits: homer, double, double, single, double, double, single. He also was charged with a balk and a wild pitch. “Things snowballed on him,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said after a 14-2 loss at JetBlue...

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