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“He looks like some monster out there pitching against you,” Gardenhire said. “But you get him in your clubhouse and you realize there’s special people and he’s a special person and it’s a really sad day for him and his family and our baseball team, too, because we were all hoping this guy would be able to get back on this thing and make it through. Unfortunately it didn’t work out.”

Left-hander Francisco Liriano was taken aback when he heard the news.

“Wow,” said Liriano, who had Tommy John surgery in 2006. “I feel bad for him. He’s been hurt probably every year. Wow.”

Now the Twins have to look elsewhere among the 33 pitchers they brought to camp to help shore up their bullpen. Players like Anthony Swarzak, Alex Burnett, Jared Burton and Kyle Waldrop could get looks, even though none of them have strong histories of late-inning relief roles.

“If I’m one of those guys down in that clubhouse, well, there’s some innings there to be had, I’d better go out there and get `em,” Ryan said. “You want to make the team? Let’s go.”


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