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Twins Spring Training 2012: Minnesota Send Down Tsuyoshi Nishioka In Second Round Of Cuts

The Minnesota Twins put together their second round of Spring Training cuts, and Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka was among them. Nishioka was a huge name signing by the Twins originally paid $5.3 million just to negotiate for his rights back in 2011, but he broke his leg in April which sent his rookie year into a tailspin. He only hit .226/.278/.249 last season and wasn't doing much better this season in Spring Training.

Nishioka was optioned down to Rochester in AAA, where he will try to improve on his .240/.269/.320 line from spring training and his mediocre defense in the infield, another area he struggled in 2011.

The other cuts made by the team included Jason Bulger, Luis Perdomo, Daryl Thompson, Esmerling Vasquez, P.J. Walters, Chris Herrmann, Dan Rohlfing, Aaron Bates and Wilkin Ramirez. The Twins now have 45 players on the team as Spring Training starts to creep closer to an end.

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