Pitcher involved in Nelson Cruz trade added to Twins 40-man roster, expected to start Wednesday | KSTP.com

Pitcher involved in Nelson Cruz trade added to Twins 40-man roster, expected to start Wednesday

United States' Joe Ryan pitches during the the second inning of a semi-final baseball game against South Korea at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Photo: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki. United States' Joe Ryan pitches during the the second inning of a semi-final baseball game against South Korea at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan.

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Updated: August 31, 2021 12:06 PM
Created: August 31, 2021 11:56 AM

The Minnesota Twins are adding starter Joe Ryan to their 40-man roster once rosters expand on Wednesday. He presumably will make his Major League debut on Wednesday, starting against the Chicago Cubs, according to KSTP Sports' Darren Wolfson. 

Ryan, 25, was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-player trade that sent All-Star Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay. Pitcher Drew Strotman was also a part of that deal. 

Wolfson reports that Ryan will land in the Twin Cities Tuesday night. He chatted with Rays Triple-A pitching coach Rick Knapp, who had great things to say about the right-hander. Ryan pitched for the United States in the Tokyo Olympics, during which the team won silver. 

This season, Ryan has pitched in 26 games in the Triple-A level for the Rays and Twins, compiling a 3.41 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 92 strikeouts and 12 walks recorded in 66 innings of work. He posted a 4-3 record in those games. He was regarded as one of the Rays' best pitchers in their minor league system prior to being traded to the Twins. He was named the team's 2019 minor league pitcher of the year. 


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