Ryan Vogelsong Asks for, Granted Release by Twins

Editor's Note: The above video is from the Giants' 2012 World Series parade.

Ryan Vogelsong's quest to make the Twins' Opening Day rotation has come to an end.

And it's by his own volition.

The former Giants All-Star asked to be released on Tuesday, and Minnesota granted his request.

Twins manager Paul Molitor made the announcement to the media after Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.

"We talked with Ryan this morning and it was one of those hard conversations to have. I can't say enough about what he brought to the camp. I've had multiple players come in here and tell me about how guys like him and [Matt] Belisle made their camp," Molitor said via MLB.com.

The 39-year-old Vogelsong made five appearances for the Twins this spring, but did not have much success. In 8.2 innings, he allowed 12 hits, seven earned runs and walked five.

"We felt like we had a few people in front of him in terms of that rotation situation. Out of respect to him, we wanted to give him time to see what else is out there with other clubs in terms of opportunities," Molitor said.

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