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Michael Wuertz to hold tryout for teams next week

Mar 13, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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Michael Wuertz is one of the few intriguing pitchers still left unsigned and his lengthy injury history has no doubt scared teams off, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the reliever will hold a tryout next week.

According to Wolfson the Twins are among the teams expected to attend, which makes sense because they could certainly use some bullpen help following Joel Zumaya‘s latest season-ending injury and Wuertz is a Minnesota native.

Wuertz was injured and ineffective last season, convincing the A’s to decline their $3.25 million option. However, when healthy he was an extremely effective setup man from 2004-2010, throwing 381 innings with a 3.45 ERA and 9.7 strikeouts per nine frames.

  1. racksie - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    And after Liriano’s brutal outing today, The Twins might need some bullpen help. Liriano just never seems motivate to go past 6 innings.

    • Bryz - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      One outing determines the Twins need bullpen help? Never mind that Liriano struck out 5 and didn’t walk anyone in 3 innings, which right now is the bigger story of today’s start.

      • racksie - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        Nah, I just don’t like the guy. He seems all to aware that if he goes 6 innings (and gives up fewer than 4 runs) it’s considered a quality start, and he did his job. If he wants to be considered the ace of the staff, he needs to eat a lot more innings. Of course, he has free agency on the horizon, so that should motivate him. I hope.

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