Twins outright RHP Nick Blackburn to Triple-A

The Twins outrighted Nick Blackburn, removing him and Tsuyoshi Nishioka from the 40-man roster.

The Minnesota Twins have outrighted struggling right-hander Nick Blackburn to Triple-A Rochester. The team will make a corresponding move to fill Blackburn’s spot on the 25-man roster prior to Tuesday’s game in Oakland.

Minnesota also outrighted infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who is currently playing for Rochester. The moves mean that both Blackburn and Nishioka are no longer on the Twins’ 40-man roster.

In 19 starts with the Twins this season, Blackburn was 4-9 with a 7.39 ERA. He was optioned to Triple-A once already this season. Since being called back up, Blackburn was 0-4 with a 6.11 ERA in six starts since July 20. He allowed four or more runs in four of those six starts.

The Twins now have only 38 players on their 40-man roster.

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