8/31/2014 6:27 P.M. ET
Thompson strong in return to big leagues
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- After losing right-hander Samuel Deduno to the Astros via waivers on Saturday, the Twins selected the contract of left-hander Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Rochester to take his spot on the roster on Sunday.
Thompson made his Twins debut in Sunday's 12-8 loss to the O's, and he pitched well in his first big league action since pitching in four games with the Pirates in 2011. Thompson came on to strike out left-handed-hitting Ryan Flaherty with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, then pitched a scoreless eighth.
Thompson, 27, posted a 3.98 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 26 walks in 52 innings with the Red Wings. He pitched in the Minors with the Twins the last three seasons. In '12, Thompson served a 50-game suspension for a violation of a "drug of abuse" under Major League Baseball's Minor League testing program.
"I've worked hard the last few years to put myself in a position to be a callup," Thompson said. "Every player wants that. I was in the big leagues but had some setbacks. So, shocked isn't the right word. I'm just ready. I've worked hard to get to this position and it's different the second time around. I don't think you experience as much shock or awe."
Thompson is expected to be used primarily against left-handers, as fellow left-handed relievers Brian Duensing and Caleb Thielbar have scuffled recently. But Thompson said he's ready for whatever role the Twins have in mind for him.
"My whole point is just to throw strikes and pitch to my strengths," Thompson said. "I think if you do that you'll be successful. I like to think I have a pretty good breaking ball. It probably is more effective against lefties throwing it from the first-base side of the rubber. Other than that, I think it's just about the mental approach. Even though it's the big leagues, it's the same game."
Suzuki OK but rests after taking foul tip off jaw
BALTIMORE -- A day after taking a foul tip to the jaw, catcher Kurt Suzuki was held out of the lineup against the Orioles on Sunday, with Eric Fryer getting the start behind the plate.
Suzuki was hit by a foul tip in the right side of his jaw by Nick Markakis in the fourth inning of Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Orioles. He laid on his back near home plate to gather himself for a few minutes after being hit, and was checked on by Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and trainer Tony Leo, but remained in the game.
Gardenhire said Suzuki felt he was fine to play on Sunday, but the Twins are being cautious with him and wanted to give Fryer a start in a day game after a night game.
"He's caught an awful lot of baseball and took one off the chin last night that flattened him pretty good," Gardenhire said. "He's going to complain to me about not playing. That's the norm, which I like. But he'll be over there with me, and maybe he'll try to manage because he second-guesses me all the time anyways."
Meyer hits Minor League DL with shoulder inflammation
BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Alex Meyer was placed on the seven-day Minor League disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Sunday, effectively ending the top prospect's season.
Meyer, ranked as the No. 30 overall prospect by MLB.com,, left his start with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday after facing just six batters. The Twins said he had trouble getting loose and was taken out for precautionary reasons.
The 24-year-old finishes his first season at Triple-A with a 3.52 ERA with 153 strikeouts and 64 walks in 130 1/3 innings. The injury also means he won't be a September callup for the Twins this year. He also dealt with shoulder problems last season, so the Twins monitored his workload this year, limiting both his pitch counts and innings.
To replace Meyer on Rochester's roster, the Twins brought up fellow top prospect Jose Berrios from Double-A New Britain.
Berrios, ranked as the No. 36 overall prospect by MLB.com, has posted a 2.43 ERA with 137 strikeouts and 35 walks in 137 innings between Class A Advanced Fort Myers and New Britain this season.