Major League Baseball

Twins activate Pineda from IL, option Smeltzer

mlb16The 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

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