The Minnesota Twins' 25-man roster continued to take shape after a round of cuts on Monday, including the optioning of Chris Herrmann, Michael Tonkin and Ryan Pressly to Triple-A Rochester.
With Twins catcher Chris Herrmann being sent to Triple-A on Monday, it appears all but certain that Minnesota will only carry two catchers on its roster.
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By Tyler Mason
The Minnesota Twins' 25-man roster is continuing to take shape after a round of cuts Monday.
Among the notable cuts made include catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann and reliever Michael Tonkin, both of whom had a chance to break camp with the Twins. Both players were optioned to Triple-A Rochester, as was right-handed reliever Ryan Pressly.
With Herrmann being sent to Triple-A, it appears all but certain that Minnesota will only carry two catchers on the roster, meaning Josmil Pinto will be the Twins' backup to starter Kurt Suzuki. Tonkin had an impressive spring but his demotion is likely to make a spot in the bullpen for right-hander Samuel Deduno, who will likely begin the season as a reliever.
Additionally, Minnesota reassigned left-handers Matt Hoffman and Aaron Thompson, right-hander Deolis Guerra, outfielder Wilkin Ramirez, and infielders Doug Bernier and Deibinson Romero to minor league camp.
Reliever Matt Guerrier, who previously spent seven seasons with the Twins before pitching with the Dodgers and Cubs, was granted his unconditional release and is now a free agent. The 35-year-old Guerrier was hoping to earn a job with his former club but got a late start to his spring training as he continued to recover from an injury.
Minnesota now has just 29 players in camp and has to make four more cuts before opening the regular season one week from Monday in Chicago.