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Twins No. 4 prospect Meyer exits start as precaution

Twins No. 4 prospect Meyer exits start as precaution

BALTIMORE -- Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer left his start with Triple-A Rochester after facing six batters for precautionary reasons on Saturday, the Twins announced.

Meyer, ranked as the No. 30 overall prospect by MLB.com, was making his last start of the season with the Red Wings. He exited after facing two batters in the second inning because he had trouble getting loose. Meyer's fastball velocity was reportedly at roughly 90 mph, according to reporters covering the game.

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The right-hander was charged with three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk against Triple-A Buffalo before leaving the game. Meyer finished his first season at Triple-A with a 3.52 ERA with 153 strikeouts and 64 walks in 130 1/3 innings.

Meyer was under consideration to be a September callup as a reliever, as the Twins have been monitoring his workload this season after shoulder issues last year. But Meyer, who is not on the 40-man roster, now looks like a long shot to be recalled this season.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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