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Michael Tonkin | Relief Pitcher | #59

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 30 (0) / MIN
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Michael Tonkin (shoulder) got two outs without allowing a run Sunday versus the Indians.
There was some talk of Tonkin being shut down for the remainder of the 2016 regular season with right shoulder fatigue, but he began feeling better last week. Sunday's appearance was his first since August 26. Sep 12 - 8:51 AM

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Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Michael Tonkin (shoulder) is likely unavailable for the remainder of the weekend.

Tonkin is battling shoulder fatigue. The 26-year-old right-hander has appeared in 56 games this season, posting a 4.95 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 71/21 K/BB ratio across 63 2/3 innings. With nothing left to play for this season, it would be wise for the Twins to back off of Tonkin's workload the rest of the way.
Sep 3 - 12:42 AM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

This will be Tonkin's fifth stint with the Twins this season. He has an ugly 6.17 ERA and 10/5 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 innings and will pitch in middle relief.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin got into one game during his stint with Minnesota, allowing one run in 2/3 of an inning Friday against Cleveland. He'll be back up when the rosters expand next month.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 10:41:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin holds a 5.73 ERA over 16 appearances with the big club this season, but he's been consistently excellent in the minors, posting a 1.29 ERA and 41/5 K/BB ratio over 35 frames at Rochester in 2015. He figures to be used in low-leverage situations initially but could eventually earn a shot to work later in games.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 11:53:00 AM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin has posted a 5.73 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 16 relief appearances this season for the Twins. The 25-year-old right-hander will probably be up and down all summer.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 04:02:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin was optioned earlier this month after posting a 5.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with the club, but he's pitched well at Triple-A this year and will get another shot at sticking in the majors. Tim Stauffer was designated for assignment to make room for Tonkin.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 11:47:00 PM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin owns a rough 5.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 12 relief appearances this season at the major league level. The 25-year-old right-hander will probably be up and down all summer. He served as the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 12:16:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

He'll be the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox. Tonkin has put up a 5.14 ERA with seven strikeouts over seven relief innings with the big club this season.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 11:49:00 AM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin holds a 5.14 ERA with seven strikeouts over seven relief innings with the big club this season. He'll get another shot at some point.
Fri, May 29, 2015 03:51:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin has five saves, a 2.45 ERA and a 10/2 K/BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings at Triple-A this year. He won't close in Minnesota -- Glen Perkins is doing that job well right now -- but Tonkin could pitch in some high-leverage situations in a largely pedestrian bullpen.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 10:30:00 PM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin allowed a run in his inning of work Friday, giving up three runs over four innings this spring. He'll be up with the big club at some point this season.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 04:15:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin holds a 6.35 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 8/6 K/BB ratio over 11 1/3 innings with the Twins this season but has been great at Rochester with a 2.80 ERA and a strikeout per inning. He'll work in middle relief.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 10:19:00 PM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins needed to send a pitcher out to clear a spot on the roster for Chris Herrmann, and Tonkin was the odd-man out. The 24-year-old posted a 6.35 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 8/6 K/BB ratio over 11 1/3 innings with the Twins.
Sun, May 18, 2014 05:41:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

This was done as a corresponding move to Josh Willingham being placed on the disabled list. Tonkin has appeared in one game already with the Twins in 2014, working a scoreless inning and striking out one. He'll provide depth to the Twins bullpen.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 12:39:00 PM

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3John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3James Beresford
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Robbie Grossman
CF1Eddie Rosario
2Byron Buxton
3Logan Schafer
4Danny Santana
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Miguel Sano
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Kyle Gibson
3Hector Santiago
4Jose Berrios
5Tyler Duffey
6Phil Hughes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Trevor May
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Tommy Milone
8JT Chargois
9Glen Perkins
10Ryan O'Rourke
11Pat Light
12Alex Wimmers
13Pat Dean
14Andrew Albers