Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have shut down pitcher Michael Pineda for the remainder of the season due to a torn meniscus in his right knee. Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2017 and had been on a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers.
When asked if Pineda would play winter ball, manager Paul Molitor said, “I wouldn’t rule it out.”
The Twins signed Pineda, 29, to a two-year, $10 million contract in December. The club didn’t expect to get much out of Pineda in the first year due to the elbow surgery. Pineda will be expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
Pineda had previously spent time in the majors with the Mariners and Yankees, amassing a career 4.05 ERA with 687 strikeouts and 157 walks in 680 innings.