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Lester Oliveros | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 234
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Twins recalled RHP Lester Oliveros from Triple-A Rochester.
Oliveros has been great in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery, holding a 1.64 ERA with 88 strikeouts over 65 2/3 relief frames between Double- and Triple-A. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012. Sep 2 - 10:20 PM

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Twins re-signed RHP Lester Oliveros to a minor league contract.

Oliveros spent most of 2013 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and picked up only a smattering of appearances in the Gulf Coast League. If he's healthy in 2014, Oliveros will have a chance to crack a vulnerable bullpen.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 06:36:00 PM

Twins signed RHP Lester Oliveros to a minor league contract.

Oliveros was non-tendered, but has since re-signed. The 24-year-old posted a 2.42 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning with the Twins' Triple-A affiliate before undergoing Tommy John surgery in late August. He'll likely be sidelined until 2014.
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 12:35:00 PM

Twins non-tendered RHP Lester Oliveros.

Oliveros had a 2.42 ERA and 51/15 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings in Triple-A last season, but August Tommy John surgery will sideline him for most or all of 2013. The Twins figure to re-sign him to a minor league contract.
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 02:59:00 AM

Twins recalled RHP Lester Oliveros from Triple-A Rochester.

Oliveros put up a 2.42 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning between Double- and Triple-A this season before undergoing Tommy John surgery in late August. He'll likely be sidelined until 2014.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 01:36:00 PM

Lester Oliveros underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday.

It was reported earlier this month that Oliveros needed surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, but evidently the procedure was more complicated than that. The reliever will now be sidelined for most, if not all, of 2013.
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 09:35:00 PM

Lester Oliveros will undergo season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

Oliveros was shut down in June with elbow issues, but returned last month to make six appearances with Triple-A Rochester. However, he apparently didn't feel much improvement. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a promising 2.42 ERA and 51/15 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level this season.
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 05:32:00 PM

Lester Oliveros is currently dealing with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Oliveros will shut things down for a week before attempting to resume a throwing program. The 24-year-old right-hander was recently sent down to the minors after making one relief appearance for the Twins on June 14. He has a 3.86 ERA and 24/5 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level this year.
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 07:36:00 PM

Twins optioned RHP Lester Oliveros to Triple-A Rochester.

He was sent down to make room for Liam Hendriks, who will start Saturday against the Brewers. Oliveros was just called up from the minors on Thursday and allowed one run over 1 2/3 innings in his only appearance. He'll return to a 2.70 ERA over 36 2/3 innings at Triple-A Rochester.
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 11:40:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Lester Oliveros from Triple-A Rochester.

Oliveros earned the promotion by posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 36 2/3 innings this year in the minor leagues. He'll serve as a middle reliever for the Twins.
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 12:24:00 PM

Twins optioned RHP Lester Oliveros to Triple-A Rochester.

Oliveros made 19 appearances at the big league level last season but will start 2012 in the minors. He will probably be one of the first relievers the Twins call up, though.
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 09:20:00 AM

Twins recalled RHP Lester Oliveros from Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins acquired Oliveros from the Tigers in this month's Delmon Young trade. A 23-year-old right-hander, Oliveros has registered a decent 4.12 ERA and 58/21 K/BB ratio in 48 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He'll function as relief depth.
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 12:40:00 PM

Twins acquired RHP Lester Oliveros from the Tigers to complete Monday's Delmon Young trade.

Oliveros was called a "player to be named later" when the swap went down on Monday afternoon. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a 5.62 ERA in eight innings of relief with Detroit earlier this year. He has also struggled at the Triple-A level, but not without intriguing strikeout rates. Oliveros could turn into a nice setup man.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 02:07:00 PM

Tigers optioned RHP Lester Oliveros to Triple-A Toledo.

He was cleared to make room for Chance Ruffin on the active roster. Oliveros posted a 5.62 ERA and 4/4 K/BB ratio over eight innings during his stay with the big club.
Mon, Jul 25, 2011 11:46:00 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Lester Oliveros from Triple-A Toledo.

Oliveros has had trouble adjusting to promotions in each of the last two seasons. In 2010 he had 1.89 ERA for High-A Lakeland followed by a 4.97 ERA for Double-A Erie. This season he excelled at Double-A Erie, earning a 0.56 ERA there before scuffling at Triple-A Toledo with a 4.37 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. It is quite possible that he will face similar adjustment challenges as he begins his major league career.
Fri, Jul 1, 2011 01:55:00 AM

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