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Twins claim Breslow from Indians

Twins claim Breslow

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KANSAS CITY -- The Twins added some left-handed help to their bullpen, claiming southpaw Craig Breslow off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Breslow is expected to join the team in Minnesota before Friday night's game against the Yankees.

In seven appearances with the Indians this season, Breslow had a 0-0 record with a 3.24 ERA. The 27-year-old allowed three earned runs and had five walks and seven strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.

"We have been looking for a second lefty out of the bullpen, just to help Dennys Reyes carry the load," Twins general manager Bill Smith said. "And we've had interest in Breslow over the last couple years. We think that he may be a guy that can step in and help."

As the only left-hander currently in the Twins bullpen, Reyes has seen his share of work. He's pitched only 15 innings, but has made a total of 25 appearances. The Twins have tried to be cautious with the lefty as well, considering the injuries that Reyes had last season and the fatigue he suffered at the end of the '06 season.

Pitching coach Rick Anderson said that while he hadn't requested another lefty for the 'pen, the timing of the move seemed fitting.

"I told [Twins manager Ron Gardenhire] today when he called and told me about it that I was laying in bed this morning thinking we need to maybe try to find another lefty to help Dennys out," Anderson said. "I'm looking at the Yankees and thinking they can run four or five [left-handed hitters] at you."

While Breslow gives them another left-handed relief option, Gardenhire and Anderson both acknowledged that they don't know much about the pitcher who has seen action with three different Major League teams -- the Padres, the Red Sox and the Indians. Breslow is 0-2 with a 2.95 ERA over 36 2/3 career big league innings.

"Could we use another lefty? Probably so," Gardenhire said. "And they think he can help us."

To make room for Breslow on the 40-man roster, the Twins transferred pitcher Pat Neshek (tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow) to the 60-day disabled list.

The Twins then announced after Thursday's game that right-handed reliever Bobby Korecky had been optioned to Triple-A Rochester, opening a spot for Breslow on the club's 25-man roster. Korecky was 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in nine appearances for the Twins.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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