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Roster moves: Arraez, Colina, Smeltzer, Wade Jr

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A shakeup of the roster - who woulda thunk?

Cincinnati Reds v Minnesota Twins
One and done. (For at least this season.) Sorry, kiddo.
Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

The Minnesota Twins made some roster moves prior to tonight’s matchup with the Cincinnati Reds. As always, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage beat everyone to the punch with the news:

As much as it was a surprise to see Edwar Colina get called up to the majors for the first time in his career, the demotion back down is not as surprising. He pitched in last night’s game, getting only one batter out while allowing four hits, three earned runs, and a home run while issuing two walks. Small sample size alert: 81.00 ERA, 60.18 FIP, 18.000 WHIP, 108.0 H/9, 27.0 HR/9, 54.0 BB/9, 0.0 K/9.

With Byron Buxton getting hit in the head last night by an errant pitch, it’s interesting to see LaMonte Wade Jr get the kick down to the taxi squad. Since his last call-up on September 5, he’s hit .250/.379/.333 with an RBI and a stolen base. If Buxton has to land on the Injured List, I would assume that Wade Jr is the one to get the call up again. But hey, you know what assuming does.

Luiz Arraez returns from the I.L. and is in the lineup tonight. He landed on the list on September 11 due to issues in his left knee, and his return is much needed as Josh Donaldson left last night’s game with - gasp - calf issues. He’s batting .288/.336/.337 with 10 RBI in this truncated season. He had a slight setback in his recovery due to a rolled ankle, but if he’s back, he must be good to go.

Finally, southpaw Devin Smeltzer has returned and will most likely operate out of the bullpen if need be. His last outing was on September 6 against the Detroit Tigers and not so good (1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K). Overall, he hasn’t had the greatest of seasons, posting a 6.75 ERA, but a FIP of 4.05.