Minnesota Twins right-handed starter Michael Pineda has spent the last two-plus weeks on the injured list with right elbow inflammation. Fortunately, the Twins received a great injury update regarding the former MLB All-Star on Tuesday.
It's looking like Pineda's recovery has been successful so far as the Twins have announced that he'll begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul on Thursday. It'll be his first time taking the mound for any professional baseball game since a 14-3 loss to the Houston Astros on June 13.
Michael Pineda Injury Update
There's no indication if Pineda's start on Thursday will be a one-and-done scenario or if he'll need a few more opportunities. Regardless, the Twins likely won't reinstate him until they're certain that his elbow isn't bothering him anymore.
Pineda has started in 11 games for the Twins so far this season, pitching to a 3-4 record with a respectable 3.70 ERA. However, his ERA was just 2.30 after five starts in April, which shows that batters have been figuring him out more often than not since then. Hopefully, for Pineda, some time on the injured list gets him back on track to continue what he started at the beginning of the campaign.
After a slow start to the season filled with injuries, the Twins have been turning things around as of late and have won seven of their last 10 games. They're now 11.5 games back of the Chicago White Sox for the top spot in the AL Central. While that's a tough deficit to overcome, the White Sox have lost seven of their last 10 games and there's still over half of the season left to play, so anything can happen.
The Twins currently have the fourth-best odds to win the AL Central at +5000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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