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Twins release veteran righty Stauffer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-handed reliever Tim Stauffer, who was designated for assignment on June 10, was released by the Twins on Wednesday, general manager Terry Ryan said.

Stauffer, who signed a one-year deal worth $2.2 million before the season, posted a 6.60 ERA with six strikeouts and seven walks in 15 innings. He also missed 19 games in May with a right intercostal strain.

Stauffer, 33, has a career 3.94 ERA in 590 innings. He had a 3.63 ERA over his previous two seasons with the Padres but was unable to replicate that success in Minnesota.

"He'll be a free agent, so he'll be able to pursue offers, and I suspect somebody is going to end up picking him up," Ryan said. "I had high hopes he was going to be a good fit, but unfortunately it didn't work out for either of us. He's disappointed and I'm disappointed. It just didn't work out, for whatever reason. He was a good guy on this team, so it's not like he didn't fit in. But it just didn't work out."

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