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Twins activate pitcher Joe Ryan from COVID-19 list

May 15, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan (41) in action against the Cleveland Guardians at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins activated right-hander Joe Ryan from the COVID-19 injured list to start Tuesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners.

Ryan was placed on the list on May 25, and has missed nearly three weeks of big league action, after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 26-year-old pitched three innings of shutout ball during a rehab stint at Triple-A St. Paul last Thursday.

Ryan was off to a strong start before catching the virus. He was 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA in eight starts with 42 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.

In 13 career major league outings, Ryan is 7-3 with a 2.96 ERA. He has fanned 72 in 70 innings.

Minnesota designed infielder Elliot Soto for assignment to open up a roster space. Soto, 32, hadn’t appeared in a game for Minnesota after being recalled on Monday.

Also, right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers. Gonzalez, 30, was designated for assignment by the Twins on Saturday. He had a 7.71 ERA in two starts for Minnesota.

–Field Level Media