Twins Starter to Return as Reliever this Season

He'll have a new role once he returns from the injured list. 

The Minnesota Twins are reportedly going to use pitcher Bailey Ober in a piggyback/long-relief role upon his return. 

Ober threw a live batting practice session on Monday and has now been cleared for game action. As a result, he will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers on Thursday. 

Ober has only been able to make just seven starts this season due to groin issues which have been bothering him all season. He's posted a 4.01 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 29 strikeouts over 33 innings this season. 

Because he'll be returning as a multi-inning reliever, Ober's rehab assignment shouldn't be too long, as he'll need less time to build up arm strength. 

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In his rookie season last year, Ober posted a 4.19 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 96 strikeouts over 92 innings. He made 20 starts and had a 3-3 record. 

The Twins need all the help they can get right now, as the team is currently in the race for a playoff spot, sitting three games back of the Toronto Blue Jays for the third AL Wild Card spot. 
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