MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins acquired 46-year-old pitcher Jesse Orosco in an effort to deepen their pitching staff after lefthander J.C. Romero struggled in an 11-10 loss to Texas on Sunday.
The Twins traded for Orosco, who had been designated for assignment by the New York Yankees, for a player to be named later. Orosco was acquired in time to be placed on the playoff roster. The deadline for such roster moves was Sunday at midnight.
The lefty has a 1-1 record this year with a 7.98 ERA in 57 appearances, split between San Diego and the Yankees. He holds the record for appearances by a major league pitcher, with 1,244 over 24 seasons.
The arrival of Orosco gives Twins manager Ron Gardenhire another lefthander for late-game situations. Romero retired only one of the seven batters he faced Sunday.
"We still think he has the ability to get hitters out," said Twins general manager Terry Ryan of Orosco. "He has a veteran presence and experience, and we wanted to supplement the bullpen a little from the left side."
Orosco returns to the team that originally drafted him. The Twins made him a second-round pick in 1978, then traded him to the Mets later that year. Orosco was a teammate of Gardenhire with the Mets from 1981 to 1985. He is about six months older than his new manager.
"It only took what, 25 years to get him back," said Yankees manager Joe Torre, who managed the Mets in 1979.
"We thought he was going to be a starter for us," Torre said of Orosco when he was a rookie. "He had no interest in being a starter. He wanted to be a reliever, which is so unusual for a young pitcher to want to pitch out of the bullpen. He knew he was going to pitch 25 years."
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