The Minnesota Twins activated right-hander Michael Pineda from the 10-day injured list, clearing the way for him to start against the Tigers in Detroit Friday night.
Pineda, 30, was sidelined with right knee tendinitis.
On the season, Pineda has a 4-3 record with a 5.34 ERA over 11 starts.
In a corresponding move, the Twins optioned left-hander Devin Smeltzer to Triple-A Rochester.
Smeltzer, 23, made two starts in Pineda’s place, going 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA.
The Twins have a 10.5-game lead over Cleveland in the American League Central standings, though they are coming off two losses in a three-game series with the Indians.
–Field Level Media