The Minnesota Twins have designated 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Erik Komatsu for assignment. Komatsu played in 15 games for the Twins this year and he was 7 for 32 (.219 avg, .516 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. He has played in 30 games overall for the Twins & Cardinals and he is 11 for 51 (.216 avg, .509 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. If Komatsu clears waivers, the Twins will have to offer Komatsu to the Washington Nationals as he was a Rule 5 Pick over the winter. The Twins have called up 27-year old righty reliever/starter Jeff Manship to replace Komatsu on the active roster. Manship has pitched in 12 games (4 starts) in AAA-ball earlier this year and he is 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Manship has pitched in 29 games (6 starts) in his first three years with the Twins and he is 3-2 with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. The Twins hope that Manship is better this time around.
UPDATE: (5/30/2012) - The Twins gave back Erik Komatsu to the Nationals.