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Adam Wainwright likely to go back on the disabled list

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Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright will likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list due to persisting pain in his right elbow, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Wainwright was activated from the disabled list for Sunday’s start against the Padres. Wainwright had a disastrous outing, giving up two runs on three hits and six walks (a career-high) with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

Wainwright’s velocity topped out at 89.7 MPH, according to Statcast. Most of his fastballs were in the 84-87 MPH range. Even his breaking balls lacked velocity and according to Wainwright, they also lacked “snap.” The right-hander said, “I didn’t have much.”

Wainwright was making his first start since April 17. Now with four starts under his belt, the 36-year-old veteran owns a 4.00 ERA with a 15/14 K/BB ratio in 18 innings.

Report: Twins, Michael Pineda agree to two-year, $20 million contract

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Pierre Noujaim of Fox9 Minneapolis reports that the Twins and free agent starter Michael Pineda have agreed on a two-year contract. The Athletic’s Dan Hayes confirms Noujaim’s report and adds that the deal is for $20 million.

Pineda, 30, signed with the Twins in December 2017 while he was in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2018 season but began the 2019 season on time. Pineda went on to post a 4.01 ERA with 140 strikeouts and 28 walks across 146 innings. He was suspended 60 games in early September after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. There are 39 games remaining, so he won’t make his season debut next year until mid-May.

Pineda will rejoin a Twins rotation that features José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi. The Twins are likely not done hunting for rotation help.