Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they returned right-handed pitcher P.J. Walters from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester and reinstated him from the disabled list. Walters, who missed 70 games, was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on June 14 (transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 28). He made a combined 14 starts with the Red Wings this season, including eight starts while on a rehab assignment. He went 3-3, 4.01 ERA (58.1 ip, 26 er) with 47 strikeouts and 15 walks. Prior to his injury, Walters made seven starts for the Twins going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA (36.2 ip, 22 er).
Additionally, the Twins selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Esmerling Vasquez from Triple-A Rochester. Vasquez appeared in 31 games for the Red Wings this season, including making eight starts. He went 9-6, 2.78 ERA (100.1 ip, 31 er) with 98 strikeouts and 39 walks. Vasquez, who was claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks last September, is scheduled to start tomorrow for the Twins.
The Twins now have 39 players on their 40-man roster with the addition of Walters and Vasquez.