Minnesota Twins scratch Michael Pineda from Tuesday start

May 13, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins scratched right-hander Michael Pineda from a start Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox because of an abscess in his upper leg.

The Twins recalled Bailey Ober from Triple-A St. Paul and penciled him for the replacement start — and Ober’s big-league debut.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Tuesday that Pineda could make a start later in the week if the thigh abscess improves.

“It’s in a pretty uncomfortable spot for him,” Baldelli told reporters. “Something that’s been around for a little while; it’s gotten worse. And he had to have a little procedure to get that taken care of. So he’s got a couple of stitches.”

Pineda, 32, is 2-2 this season, with a 2.79 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 38 2/3 innings. He owns a career 3.97 ERA and a 55-48 mark over eight seasons.

Ober, 25, drafted in the 12th round by Minnesota in 2017, has thrown seven innings for St. Paul this season.

He posted an 8-0 mark with an 0.69 ERA over 14 games (13 starts) across three minor league levels in 2019, striking out 100 in 78 2/3 innings.

The Twins also designated right-hander Derek Law for assignment, recalled right-hander Cody Stashak from Triple-A and placed right-hander Shaun Anderson (quad strain) on the injured list.

–Field Level Media