FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have granted relief pitcher Matt Guerrier his unconditional release, making the 35-year-old right-hander a free agent.
The Twins announced the move Monday. Guerrier was trying to make a comeback from surgery on his right elbow.
He gave up three runs and five hits in four innings during spring training.
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Guerrier spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Twins, starting in 2004, and was at camp with a minor league contract.
With Jared Burton, Casey Fien and Anthony Swarzak already established as reliable right-handers in the Twins bullpen, and the possibility of starter Samuel Deduno joining them, there was no room for Guerrier.
The Twins also optioned right-handers Michael Tonkin and Ryan Pressly and catcher Chris Herrmann to Triple-A Rochester.