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Fien excited to join Twins' bullpen corps

DETROIT -- Reliever Casey Fien, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, joined the Twins on Thursday and said he's ready to pitch out of the bullpen.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Fien, who was originally drafted by the Tigers in 2006 and posted an 8.36 ERA in 14 innings over parts of two seasons with Detroit from 2009-10.

"It's surreal," Fien said. "I called my wife and said, 'Guess where I'm going? Detroit.' And she said, 'What? You got traded?' And I said, 'No. Not again.' So it was really cool getting that call, especially here."

Fien bounced around before the 2010 season, as he was selected off waivers by both the Red Sox and Blue Jays but ended up rejoining the Tigers that spring.

The right-hander impressed this past Spring Training with the Twins, posting a 1.91 ERA over 9 1/3 innings. And Fien had a 4.30 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 14 walks in 46 innings with Rochester.

"The arm feels good," Fien said. "The velocity is getting back. I'm attacking the strike zone. I'm not walking many guys. I'm letting them hit the ball, if they can."

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DET Full Game Coverage ROIT -- Reliever Casey Fien, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, joined the Twins on Thursday and said he's ready to pitch out of the bullpen.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Fien, who was originally drafted by the Tigers in 2006 and posted an 8.36 ERA in 14 innings over parts of two seasons with Detroit from 2009-10.

"It's surreal," Fien said. "I called my wife and said, 'Guess where I'm going? Detroit.' And she said, 'What? You got traded?' And I said, 'No. Not again.' So it was really cool getting that call, especially here."

Fien bounced around before the 2010 season, as he was selected off waivers by both the Red Sox and Blue Jays but ended up rejoining the Tigers that spring.

The right-hander impressed this past Spring Training with the Twins, posting a 1.91 ERA over 9 1/3 innings. And Fien had a 4.30 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 14 walks in 46 innings with Rochester.

"The arm feels good," Fien said. "The velocity is getting back. I'm attacking the strike zone. I'm not walking many guys. I'm letting them hit the ball, if they can."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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