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Twins put pitcher Cole Sands (contusion) on IL

Aug 7, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Cole Sands (77) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins put right-hander Cole Sands on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with a right elbow contusion.

Sands, 25, sustained the injury Tuesday night in Houston after being struck by a line drive off the bat of Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel in the seventh inning. Sands left the game after two innings of relief. He was charged with one run on four hits. He struck out three.

Sands is 0-3 with a 6.56 ERA in nine appearances (three starts) this season.

In a corresponding move, the Twins recalled left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer from Triple-A St. Paul. Smeltzer, who was optioned Tuesday, has gone 4-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) for the Twins this season.

–Field Level Media