MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Ryan Pressly was a fixture in the bullpen for the Twins last season as a Rule 5 Draft pick, but didn't join the Twins this season until Thursday, when he was recalled from Triple-A Rochester after Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment.
Pressly, 25, posted a 3.87 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 27 walks in 76 2/3 innings as a rookie last season. But he didn't break camp with the Twins to open the season and spent the year at Triple-A Rochester, where he also put up strong numbers.
The reliever had a 2.98 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 21 walks in 60 1/3 innings with Rochester before being called up Thursday. He found out he was getting promoted to the Majors from Rochester manager Gene Glynn before Wednesday's game.
"Getting called up to the big leagues is what you've worked hard for and what you want to do," Pressly said. "I was excited. Geno told me and everybody in the clubhouse gave me a big hug. So it was really exciting."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said it was difficult to part ways with Guerrier, who pitched in Minnesota from 2004-2010 before rejoining the club this season. But he added that he was excited to add Pressly to the bullpen.
"Press threw really, really well for us last year," Gardenhire said. "He's been throwing really well down there with good velocity. He attacks the strike zone and has a great curveball. He's in great shape."