Twins' Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A

Updated: March 19, 2012, 9:16 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins assigned struggling infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A Rochester on Monday with hope that the Japanese import can find a groove, build some confidence and relax a little in the minor leagues.

Nishioka was hitting .240 in nine games this spring. After a difficult first season in the United States last year, Nishioka has looked no more comfortable at the plate or in the field with the Twins this spring.

"It's definitely tough to swallow, ...

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