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Buxton activated off of IL; Poppen re-called

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Jake Cave is relegated to the Cave for Jakes again.

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The Minnesota Twins continue their merry-go-round of roster moves this week with a few more transactions today.

Dan Hayes of The Athletic tweets that Byron Buxton has been activated off of the 7-day Concussion Injured List and is ready to go for tonight’s contest against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. As many have opined and proved before, Buxton seems to be a crucial piece to the team, so hopefully this will propel the team on their road trip.

The corresponding move to Buxton’s activation is optioning outfielder Jake Cave to the cave for Jakes Rochester. Since being called up this go-around, he’s played in seven games for the Twins, batting .333/.462/.778 with a double, homer, and five RBI.

The bullpen also will see a somewhat-familiar face as the team announced last night that lefty Devin Smeltzer was going to be sent down. He showed everyone who the boss was last night, taking the reins from Jake Odorizzi’s clunker of an outing and going the rest of the way: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K. In his place, we’ll see righty Sean Poppen, according to Betsy Helfand of the St Paul Pioneer Press. He got called up briefly to do what Smeltzer did - help rest the bullpen - as his only appearance was back on June 19 against the Boston Red Sox: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. Between Pensacola and Rochester this year, he’s put up a 4.50 ERA, allowing only four homers across 86 innings of work, and punching out batters and a 10.6 K/9 clip.