The Twins have announced that they have named the left-hander Danny Coulombe for an assignment to open up a place for the right-hander Juan minaya, whose contract was selected at the alternative training site in St. Paul. Minnesota will also add southpaw Lewis thorpe de St. Paul as the team’s 29th man for today’s double game against the Tigers.
Coulombe, 30, was in two games for Minnesota, going 2 2/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and three goals. He signed a minor league contract over the winter after posting excellent Triple-A withdrawal numbers with the Yankees and Brewers in the last couple season: 61 in 36 1/3 frames. This year’s small data sample shows him relying much more on his curveball than his slider – a deviation from his past big-league work that could help explain his recent jump in punchouts.
Overall, Coulombe pitched in parts of six MLB seasons, working at a combined ERA of 4.19 with 8.5 K / 9, 4.0 BB / 9, 0.99 HR / 9 and a base rate of 56.3%. The Twins will have a week to waive or release him, and they can also trade him in for another club before the Monday afternoon deadline.
As for Minaya, he has spent the last four seasons with division rival White Sox, where he threw a combined average of 3.93 with 10.0 K / 9, 54.6 BB / 9, 0.98 HR. / 9 and a base rate of 36.8% in 128 1/3 frames. Minaya’s control has caused him problems in the past, but it will give the Twins a new paddock arm with swing and miss abilities ahead of tonight’s double title.