Twins designate pitcher Tyler Duffey for assignment

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The Twins designated pitcher Tyler Duffey for assignment on Friday, ending the tenure of one the longest-tenured players on the team. The move comes a day after Duffey gave up a pair of inherited runs and then three of his own in the Twins’ 9-3 loss to Toronto.

Duffey, who was an impending free agent, has a 4.91 earned-run average in 40 appearances this season. That comes after he posted a 2.69 ERA over the past three seasons combined, when he was one of the most reliable arms out of the Twins’ bullpen.

Duffey began his career as a starting pitcher, but after a full-time move to the bullpen, his career took off. In a breakout 2019 season, he struck out 82 batters in 57 2/3 innings. But his 2022 season started with a blown save and eventually saw him slide into a lower-leverage role.

The Twins recalled Cole Sands to fill his spot on the roster.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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