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Brian Duensing | Relief Pitcher | #52

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (0) / MIN
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Royals re-signed LHP Brian Duensing to a minor league contract.
Duensing was released earlier this week after failing to crack the Opening Day roster, but he'll stick around as organizational depth. The southpaw will be part of Triple-A Omaha's bullpen. Apr 1 - 1:27 PM

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Royals released LHP Brian Duensing.

Duensing had a good spring, posting a 2.61 ERA with 10 strikeouts and three walks over 10 1/3 innings, but it wasn't enough to win a spot in the Royals' bullpen. However, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports that he could be re-signed and pitch at Triple-A Omaha if he accepts the assignment.
Mar 28 - 7:56 PM

Brian Duensing has been diagnosed with a bruised ankle.

Duensing took a comebacker off his ankle Wednesday during a Cactus League appearance against the Cubs. He shouldn't be out more than a couple days, but the left-hander is unlikely to crack the Royals' Opening Day roster.
Mar 16 - 6:35 PM

Brian Duensing left an exhibition appearance Wednesday with an apparent foot injury.

Duensing limped to the dugout after taking a comebacker off his foot in the sixth inning. It's probably nothing more than a bruise. The left-hander posted a disappointing 4.25 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings last season for the Twins and entered camp this spring as a longshot to crack the Royals' talented bullpen.
Mar 16 - 5:55 PM

Royals signed LHP Brian Duensing to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Duesing found very little interest on the open market this winter after posting a messy 4.25 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings last season for the Twins. He was very good in 2014 and 2010, but we wouldn't expect him to make a significant impact with the Royals, who carry a very good bullpen into 2016.
Feb 18 - 2:15 PM

Brian Duensing told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he hasn't heard from the Twins so far this offseason.

"Haven’t heard anything from anyone," Duensing wrote to Berardino. The 32-year-old is on the open market this winter after posting a 4.25 ERA over 55 relief appearances this season while posting a career-low 4.4 K/9. The Twins might be ready to turn the page.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 01:09:00 PM

Twins activated LHP Brian Duensing from the 15-day disabled list.

Duensing had been on the shelf for two weeks due to a right intercostal strain. He threw several bullpen sessions during the week without any issues and will return to a setup role in the Twins bullpen.
Fri, May 1, 2015 11:40:00 PM

Brian Duensing (intercostal) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

Duensing threw a 30-pitch bullpen session earlier this week and made it through a bullpen session Thursday with no issues. The southpaw has been out for about two weeks with a right intercostal strain.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 05:49:00 PM

Brian Duensing (intercostal) threw a bullpen session Monday with no issues.

He'll next throw a simulated game on Thursday. Assuming he gets through that without any problems, Duensing will be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Saturday.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 05:49:00 PM

Brian Duensing (intercostal) played catch Wednesday.

He'll continue to do so over the next few days. The right intercostal strain appears to be minor, and he should be back when first eligible.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 08:14:00 PM

Brian Duensing (intercostal) will begin soft-tossing on Wednesday.

Duensing is dealing with a minor right intercostal strain. He's expected to be ready for activated on or around the time he's first eligible.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 07:54:00 PM

Twins placed LHP Brian Duensing on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain.

It's an injury that will likely require more than a minimum stay on the disabled list. Caleb Thielbar has been recalled to take Duensing's spot on the roster and in the bullpen.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 04:06:00 PM

Brian Duensing (quad) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Duensing has been battling a bruised left quad but is evidently over the ailment. He'll serve in middle relief for the Twins this season.
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 08:48:00 AM

Twins and LHP Brian Duensing avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract.

It's exactly the midpoint between where the two sides filed at, so both sides should be happy with the outcome. Duensing was one of the most reliable options out of the Twins bullpen in 2014, compiling a 3.31 ERA and 33/20 K/BB ratio in his 54 1/3 frames.
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 03:43:00 PM

Brian Duensing requested $3.1 million and was offered $2.4 million from the Twins when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 31-year-old southpaw posted a 3.31 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 33/20 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings out of the Twins bullpen in 2014. Wherever the two sides settle, will be a nice raise over the $2 million that Duensing took home a season ago.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 08:45:00 PM

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