Erik Komatsu Rumors
The Twins have returned Rule 5 selection Erik Komatsu to the Nationals, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports (on Twitter). The Twins designated the outfielder for assignment two days ago after claiming him from the Cardinals. The Nationals confirmed the move and noted that Komatsu will be assigned outright to Triple-A (Twitter link).
The Cardinals selected Komatsu from the Nationals in last winter's Rule 5 draft. Komatsu appeared in 30 total games this year, playing all three outfield positions and posting a .216/.293/.216 batting line. He has a .302/.389/.434 line in four seasons as a minor leaguer.
Komatsu, 24, was DFA'd by the Cardinals earlier this month and quickly claimed by the Twins. The outfielder appeared in 15 games for each club in 2012. Komatsu hit .277/.367/.382 last season in Double-A and has never played at the Triple-A level.
Komatsu, selected from the Nationals in last winter's Rule 5 draft, was designated for assignment on Tuesday by St. Louis. The 24-year-old appeared in 15 games for the Cardinals and saw time at all three outfield positions.
The Twins picked up Thomas off of waivers from Detroit less than a month ago. The 28-year-old saw time in twelve games for Minnesota and played mostly in right field. In parts of four Triple-A seasons with the Tigers, Thomas has a slash line of .252/.336/.409.