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Twins place Sam Dyson on 10-day injured list

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Not five days after they acquired him from the Giants, the Twins have placed right-handed reliever Sam Dyson on the 10-day injured list with right biceps tendinitis.

It’s an unfortunate development in an already-rocky start for the 31-year-old righty, whose first two appearances with the club left a lot to be desired. During back-to-back outings against the Marlins and Royals, Dyson allowed six runs, two walks, and one strikeout across 2/3 of an inning; a far cry from the 2.47 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.4 SO/9 he produced with the Giants through his first 51 innings of the year.

That said, there’s still plenty of time to turn his performance around, and the biceps injury undoubtedly played a significant part in his recent struggles on the mound. A timetable for his return has yet to be specified.

With Dyson sidelined for the time being, the Twins recalled left-hander Devin Smeltzer from Triple-A Rochester. The 23-year-old rookie sports a 2.91 ERA, 1.7 BB/9, and 7.1 SO/9 through 21 2/3 innings so far this year, and is poised to take the mound for the Twins during their series finale against the Royals on Sunday.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.