Pressly optioned to Triple-A after uneven spring

Right-hander was aiming for spot in Twins' bullpen

Pressly optioned to Triple-A after uneven spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After posting an 8.31 ERA in four Grapefruit League appearances, right-hander Ryan Pressly was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.

Pressly, 26, came in with a shot to make the bullpen, but he struggled to locate his fastball. The former Rule 5 Draft pick struck out four in 4 1/3 innings, while walking three and giving up 10 hits.

"I just need to be more consistent with my fastball," Pressly said. "I was just trying to force it. So I just have to go down there and do what I did last year, and hopefully I'll be up sooner than I was last year."

Pressly was not able to crack the Opening Day roster in 2014, either, but he was solid at Triple-A Rochester with a 2.98 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. He was called up by the Twins in late July, and he had a 2.86 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings with the Twins.

With Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing and Tim Stauffer considered locks, it leaves Caleb Thielbar, A.J. Achter, Aaron Thompson, Stephen Pryor, Rule 5 pick J.R. Graham and non-roster invitees Blaine Boyer and Mark Hamburger as the relievers still in camp looking to make the bullpen. The Twins could also decide to move Mike Pelfrey or Tommy Milone to the 'pen if neither of them wins the fifth spot in the rotation.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.