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Homer Bailey activated, will start tonight

Yes, the Twins have a guy named Homer Bailey on the roster.

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Do you remember Homer Bailey? The starting pitcher the Minnesota Twins signed this winter to be in the rotation? And then he pitched in one game and then placed on the Injured List? Well, he’s back as first reported by Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage.

Bailey was signed to a one-year deal, $7 million deal this offseason. He made one start for the Twins on July 28 against the St Louis Cardinals, and it wasn’t a bad start, either. The righty went five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, two walks, and striking out four batters. However, he landed on the 10-day I.L. after that with right biceps tendinitis.

About a month ago, Bailey was transferred from the 10-day I.L. to the 45-day list (special for 2020). Many people, including myself, assumed that his season and probably his time as a Minnesota Twins player was finished. But you know what assuming does, and here we are.

As Warne notes in his tweet, Bailey will be starting the game tonight when the Twins and Detroit Tigers kick off a two-game series at Target Field.

To make room on the active roster, Sean Poppen was optioned down to St Paul. He was in the bullpen, but hasn’t pitched since September 8 anyway, but was called up on Saturday to take the place of Jake Odorizzi when he landed on the I.L. again.

Welcome back, Homer Bailey! Don’t be mad if we didn’t remember you were with the team.