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Michael Pineda placed on the injured list, Twins call up lefty Devin Smeltzer

Smeltzer will start Tuesday against the Brewers.
Rocco Baldelli

The Twins will take on the Brewers Tuesday night and be relying on a left-handed rookie who was just called up to make his MLB debut. 

Devin Smeltzer, 23, will get the start and take the roster spot of right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda, who on Tuesday was placed on the 10-day injured list with tendinitis in his right knee. 

The Twins acquired Smeltzer in last summer's trade that sent former All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier to the Dodgers. Dozier is now with the Washington Nationals, where he's hitting .211/.303/.363 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 52 games. 

Smeltzer is not a flamethrower with a 91-92 mph fastball, but it's his change-up that's his best pitch, according to a 2017 scouting report when he was in the Dodgers.

Between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Rochester this year, Smeltzer is 3-2 with a 1.15 ERA and has allowed just seven earned runs in 54 2/3 innings. He's struck out 48 batters and walked 10 while holding opponents to a .199 batting average. 

Milwaukee will counter Smeltzer with right-hander Zach Davies, who is second in the National League with a 2.43 ERA, although he did get hit around for six earned runs in his most recent start. 

The Twins and Brewers start at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. 

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