Twins place star rookie SP Ryan on COVID-19 IL

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins positioned beginning pitcher Joe Ryan on the COVID-19 injured record on Wednesday, bumping the surging rookie from his upcoming flip.

Ryan was scheduled to pitch on Thursday towards Kansas Metropolis. Supervisor Rocco Baldelli stated Ryan was “doing OK.”

The 25-year-old right-hander, who made 5 begins final season after being acquired in a commerce with Tampa Bay, is 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA in eight begins this 12 months. Ryan has 14 walks and 42 strikeouts in 43⅓ innings with a .186 opponent batting common. He leads all main league rookies in wins and innings and is second in strikeouts.

The Twins recalled left-hander Devin Smeltzer from Triple-A St. Paul to take Ryan’s spot within the rotation. Smeltzer made two earlier begins for the Twins, profitable one, with a 1.74 ERA in 10⅓ innings. He pitched final Friday earlier than being despatched down for the return of Bailey Ober from the injured record, a back-and-forth transfer he has grown accustomed to since debuting in 2019.

“It will get worse. You wish to keep the longer you’ve got been round. Your first 12 months, you are type of taking part in with home cash. You go up and down and also you’re simply joyful to be right here,” Smeltzer stated. “When you begin to really feel extra comfy right here, carry out, then it will get tougher and tougher when you get despatched again down.”

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