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Twins add lefty pitcher Devin Smeltzer to face Guardians

Apr 24, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Devin Smeltzer (31) delivers a pitch to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins purchased the contract of left-hander Devin Smeltzer from Triple-A St. Paul and scheduled him to start in Saturday night’s home game against the Cleveland Guardians.

Smeltzer, 26, has 19 major league appearances and seven starts in three seasons (4-2, 4.26 ERA), but pitched in just one game with the Twins last year and has made just one big league start since the beginning of 2020. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 as part of a deal for second baseman Brian Dozier.

To make room on the 60-man roster, the Twins placed Miguel Sano on the 60-day injured list. Sano had knee surgery earlier this month.

In five starts with St. Paul this season, Smeltzer was 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA.

–Field Level Media