Twins don’t call up Pryor, Hill to start IL playoff opener

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Former Friendship Christian pitcher was not one of eight September callups by the Minnesota Twins when major-league rosters expanded to 40 Monday.

Not that the Twins brass didn’t consider the hard-throwing right-handed reliever.

General manager Terry Ryan noted that Pryor, who was acquired in the trade that sent Kendrys Morales to the Mariners, is coming off surgery to repair a torn right latissimus dorsi muscle so they wanted to be cautious. Pryor has a 0.89 earned-run average at Rochester.

"He did a nice job and under different circumstances I would've brought him up," Ryan told MLB.com. "The finality of the Triple-A season was probably enough for him coming off that surgery."

Also not called up was former Mt. Juliet High pitcher Taylor Hill, who appeared in two games in relief for the parent Washington Nationals during a midseason callup, but was left at Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

Hill is scheduled to start for the Chiefs at Pawtucket on Wednesday in the opening game of the International League playoffs.

Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com contributed to this story.

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