Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Walters unclaimed, report says, could stay with Twins

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: July 8, 2013 - 11:34 AM

Twins pitcher P.J. Walters has passed through release waivers without being claimed by another major-league team, according to the website That greatly increases the likelihood that Walters, who was designated for assignment last Thursday, remains in the Twins' organization at Class AAA Rochester.

As a player whose contract has been outrighted before, Walters has the option to become a free agent or accept the Twins' assignment to Rochester, where he could be recalled later in the season if placed on the 40-man roster once again. It was Ron Gardenhire's hope, he made clear last week, that Walters would stay in the organization.

Walters won his first two starts with the Twins in May, but went winless in his last six and posted a 5.95 ERA overall. The righthander lost his spot in the rotation last week when the Twins activated Mike Pelfrey from the disabled list.

Walters, who has also pitched for the Cardinals and Blue Jays, was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA at Rochester before being called up in May.


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