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Top Caleb Thielbar News

  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Avoids arbitration with Minnesota

    The Twins and Thielbar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.225 million contract Thursday, Kiley McDaniel of ESPN.com reports.

    Thielbar was arbitration-eligible for the third and final time. The left-handed reliever missed some time with injury in 2023 but was highly successful when on the bump, contributing a 3.23 ERA and 36:6 K:BB over 30.2 frames. He'll be a setup man again in 2024.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Makes return from IL

    The Twins reinstated Thielbar (oblique) from the 15-day injured list Sunday.

    Thielbar will rejoin the Minnesota bullpen for the first time since early June after he recently completed a two-appearance rehab assignment at Triple-A St. Paul in which he struck out two over two scoreless innings. The left-hander was one of the Twins' top setup options in both of the previous two seasons, but he's been limited to just 10.1 innings at the big-league level in 2023 due to oblique injuries.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: On track for activation Tuesday

    Thielbar (oblique) will make a final rehab appearance for Triple-A St. Paul this weekend before rejoining the Twins early next week in St. Louis, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    The Twins have been without their key left-hander for nearly three months due to a nagging oblique issue. Thielbar has had one scoreless rehab outing for St. Paul and will have a final tune-up this weekend before being activated.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Starting rehab assignment

    Thielbar (oblique) will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul on Tuesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    Thielbar has been limited to just one appearance since May 3 due to a pair of injured list stints because of a strained right oblique. He's finally game ready again and should be ready to rejoin the Twins' bullpen following a handful of rehab outings.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Set for live batting practice

    Thielbar (oblique) threw a bullpen session Thursday and will pitch live batting practice Saturday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    The Twins are expected to make plans for a rehab assignment after Saturday's throwing session. It's possible Thielbar could return in early August.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Throws another bullpen session

    Thielbar (oblique) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session in St. Paul without any issues July 16, MLB.com reports.

    He'll next throw another bullpen session Saturday, and the Twins are expected to make plans for a rehab assignment soon thereafter. It looks like Thielbar may not return until August as a result.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Throws off mound

    Thielbar (oblique) threw a bullpen session Friday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Thielbar threw 16 pitches during his session with a velocity of roughly 85 mph. He said afterwards that he was pleased with his performance, though there is still quite a bit of work yet to be done. Thielbar has been on the shelf since June 9 and is expected to return shortly after the All-Star break.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Begins throwing

    Thielbar (right oblique strain) has started throwing, but is not expected to return until after the All-Star break, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Thielbar missed more than a month with an oblique strain and aggravated the injury in his first appearance back from the injured list. Expect the Twins to be cautious with his return as a result, so his comeback may stretch into late July.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Headed back to IL

    Thielbar was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday with a right oblique strain, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Thielbar returned from the same injury this past weekend and made just one appearance before evidently suffering a setback. He missed more than a month with the issue the first time around. Josh Winder is taking Thielbar's spot in the bullpen.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Activated off injured list

    Minnesota activated Thielbar (oblique) on Sunday off the 15-day injured list.

    Thielbar fired two scoreless rehab appearances with Triple-A St. Paul, and while he wasn't activated as expected before Friday's game against the Guardians, the left-hander will now get a chance to be a mid-innings option for the Minnesota bullpen. Cole Sands (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day IL in the corresponding transaction.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Still waiting to be activated

    Thielbar (oblique) was not activated from the 15-day injured list Saturday as the Twins want to make sure he's fully healthy, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "It had been awhile since he had thrown, so we want to give him a couple of days," Twins bench coach Jayce Tingler said.

    Thielbar made two appearances at Triple-A and was expected to be activated from the injured list Friday. It's not clear how long the Twins will wait to activate him from the injured list, but it doesn't appear he's had any kind of setback.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Could return Friday

    Thielbar (oblique) will be evaluated by the Twins on Friday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    Thielbar has thrown two scoreless innings while on a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul. If all goes well during his evaluation, there's a good chance the Twins activate Thielbar off the injured list Friday. The 36-year-old reliever holds a 1.80 ERA across 10 innings and has been sidelined since May 5 with a right oblique strain.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Sharp again in rehab outing

    Thielbar (oblique) tallied two strikeouts in a scoreless rehab inning Thursday with Triple-A St. Paul, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Theilbar also worked a scoreless frame -- with one strikeout -- in his rehab debut Tuesday. Sidelined since early May because of a right oblique strain, the veteran reliever seems likely to return to the Twins' bullpen this weekend.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Sharp in rehab outing

    Thielbar (oblique) threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout Tuesday for Triple-A St. Paul during a rehab assignment. He's expected to throw again Thursday for the Saints, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    It sounds like Thielbar could be activated from the injured list as early as this weekend. He had a 1.80 ERA through 11 appearances this season with Minnesota when he suffered a right oblique strain in early May. He'll bolster a struggling relief corps when he returns.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Set for rehab assignment

    Thielbar (oblique) is slated to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A St. Paul, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    Thielbar should be cleared to return to the Twins' bullpen after just a couple of tuneup outings at the Triple-A level. He was sporting a shiny 1.80 ERA through 11 appearances this season with Minnesota when he suffered a right oblique strain in early May.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Throws bullpen session

    Thielbar (oblique) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    The 36-year-old southpaw reportedly reached the mid-80s and was satisfied with his intensity. Thielbar will throw another bullpen session within the next few days, at which point the Twins will determine his next steps. Thielbar has been on the injured list since May 5 with a right oblique strain.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Expected to throw off mound soon

    Thielbar (oblique) has resumed playing catch and is expected to throw off the mound next week, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Thielbar is currently on the injured list with a right oblique strain, but the strain is considered "moderate" and it's a positive development he's back to throwing. It seems likely Thielbar will need a rehab assignment, but he could be back as an option for the Minnesota bullpen around the start of June.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Oblique strain seen as moderate

    Thielbar has been diagnosed with a moderate strain of his right oblique and won't throw for a week before being evaluated, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    It's an encouraging report, but he's still likely out several weeks since it will take him some time to ramp back up again after the layoff. Thielbar will be missed as a key lefty in the bullpen with his stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.90 WHIP across 11 appearances.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Lands on IL

    Thielbar was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right oblique strain, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    The severity of Thielbar's injury is unclear at the moment, so there's no telling if he will require more than a minimum stay on the IL. Either way, it's a tough blow to the Twins' bullpen as Thielbar currently holds a 1.80 ERA and 0.90 WHIP across 11 appearances.

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  • Twins' Caleb Thielbar: Records seventh hold

    Thielbar threw a scoreless inning with a walk while striking out two in Friday's 8-6 win over the Royals. He earned his seventh hold.

    Thielbar is off to a strong start to the season with a 2.25 ERA and 10 strikeouts in eight innings with two walks. He's working as the top lefty in the bullpen, but he may not be in the mix for saves since he's behind Jorge Lopez, Griffin Jax and Jhoan Duran.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Northfield, MN
Age: 37
Experience: 5
Bats/Throws: R, L