Smeltzer was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's game against the Rangers, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Smeltzer turned in a decent relief appearance in Sunday's loss to Texas, surrendering just one run over 4.1 innings, but he'll head back to the minors. The Twins will announce a corresponding move before the second half of the season begins.
Smeltzer yielded one run on five hits and a walk over 4.1 innings Sunday, striking out four in the loss to Texas.
Smeltzer came into a scoreless contest in the second inning after Kyle Gibson acted as the opener. The rookie left-hander has been solid overall in limited MLB action this season, recording a 3.24 ERA and 13:4 K:BB over 16.2 innings. Smeltzer will likely head back to Triple-A Rochester over the All-Star break.
The Twins recalled Smeltzer from Triple-A Rochester ahead of Sunday's game against the Rangers.
Though Kyle Gibson will draw the start in the Twins' final game before the All-Star break, he's only expected to work two innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. Smeltzer is expected to be the first pitcher manager Rocco Baldelli turns to out of the bullpen, though the rookie may only work a few innings of his own rather than operating as a true "primary pitcher." Expect Smeltzer to return to Rochester after the outing in the likely event that Jake Odorizzi (finger) is ready to return from the 10-day injured list shortly after the second half begins.
Smeltzer will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday to follow opener Kyle Gibson, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Gibson will throw two innings on short rest, with Smeltzer being one of a handful of options expected to follow him. Kohl Stewart will be optioned in a corresponding move.
Smeltzer was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Smeltzer allowed five runs on eight hits over 12.1 innings in two starts since being promoted last week, in what proved to be a solid debut stint in the majors. Michael Pineda (knee) will rejoin the Twins' starting rotation after being activated off the injured list. Smeltzer seems like a prime candidate to rejoin Minnesota if and when the team requires an additional starter later this season.
Smeltzer (0-1) took his first career loss after allowing five runs on five hits over 6.1 innings at Cleveland on Tuesday. He struck out two and walked three.
Smeltzer couldn't replicate the six shutout innings from his major-league debut last week, with the Indians taking him deep four times. The 23-year-old was actually in solid shape entering the seventh inning with only three runs allowed, but Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers hit back-to-back solo shots to end his evening. Michael Pineda (knee) will be eligible to return from the injured list this weekend, so Smeltzer may not receive another turn through the rotation.
Smeltzer didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Brewers, allowing only three hits over six scoreless innings while striking out seven.
Making his major-league debut, the left-hander did give up some hard contact -- including a Yasmani Grandal triple in the second inning that took Byron Buxton (knee) out of the game after he crashed into the center-field wall trying to chase it down -- but otherwise Smeltzer was impressive, firing 53 of 69 pitches for strikes before exiting. The Twins have a couple off days coming up which could have allowed them to roll with a four-man rotation, but Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that manager Rocco Baldelli indicated after the game Smeltzer will make another start on the club's current road trip.
Smeltzer's contract was selected by the Twins on Tuesday, and he'll make his big-league debut Tuesday night in a start against the Brewers.
Acquired from the Dodgers in the Brian Dozier trade last summer, Smeltzer has been excellent in the high minors for the Twins this season, recording a 1.15 ERA in nine starts between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Rochester. His 23.1 percent strikeout rate is good but not great, though his 4.8 percent walk rate is quite strong. Scouts see the lefty as a strike-throwing, back-end starter or reliever, with a funky delivery and a quality changeup and curveball offsetting unimpressive fastball velocity.
Smeltzer threw seven scoreless innings with three strikeouts in his debut Friday for Triple-A Rochester.
Smeltzer was promoted from Double-A Pensacola after striking out 33 and giving up two earned runs in 30 innings. He's a bit old for his level at 23, but he had a 9.4 K/9 last year in two stops at Double-A, having come over to the Twins from the Dodgers in the Brian Dozier trade in July.
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