Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have reinstated outfielder Byron Buxton from the 10-day Injured List and have recalled right-handed pitcher Sean Poppen from Triple-A Rochester.
Buxton, who missed the last 10 games while on the Injured List with concussion-like symptoms, hit .249 (61-for-245) with 24 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 42 RBI, 43 runs scored and a .798 OPS in 75 games.
Poppen, 25, appeared in 11 games (8 starts) for the Red Wings this season, going 5-1 with a 3.77 ERA (57.1 IP, 24 ER), 25 walks and 62 strikeouts. He was previously recalled by the Twins on June 19 and pitched in relief that night against the Boston Red Sox, allowing three runs on five hits over 4.0 innings with four walks and two strikeouts.
To make room for Buxton and Poppen on the 25-man roster, the Twins have optioned left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer and outfielder Jake Cave to Triple-A Rochester. Smeltzer, who was recalled yesterday, pitched the final 5.0 innings last night against the New York Yankees, allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts. He has posted a 2.91 ERA (21.2 IP, 7 ER) with four walks and 17 strikeouts in four games (2 starts) for the Twins this season. Cave appeared in 35 games for the Twins, hitting .193 (16-for-83) with three doubles, two home runs, 10 walks and nine RBI.