In a move that came out of nowhere, the Minnesota Twins announced that they are placing starting pitcher Michael Pineda on the 10-day Injured List with right knee tendinitis. As Cole mentioned in his recap of last night’s game, Pineda turned in his fourth quality start in the Twins loss to the Milwaukee Brewers last night and nothing seemed out of the ordinary for Big Mike. Nonetheless, his knee must have been bothering him since he’s landing on the IL. On the season, Pineda has put up a 5.34 ERA in his 11 starts over 59 innings, allowing 14 bombs and 50 strikeouts against 11 walks.
In a more interesting corresponding move, the Twins have selected the contract of lefty Devin Smeltzer; he’ll take the open spot on the 40-man roster. Smeltzer was part of the return in the Brian Dozier trade last year from the Dodgers and has put up stellar numbers so far in the minors this year. In nine starts, he’s posted a 1.15 ERA over 54.2 innings, allowed seven earned runs, two homers, and 48 strikeouts against ten walks. Even more interesting: he’ll be toeing the rubber for the Twins tonight against the Brewers in his major league debut. Presumably Martin Perez’s start is pushed to Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Welcome to the big leagues, Smeltzer, and get well soon, Big Mike!