Twins option Johnson to make room for Tuesday's starter Yohan Pino
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kris Johnson was optioned after Monday's game to make room on the active roster for Yohan Pino, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to make a start for the Twins on Tuesday. Johnson started Monday's game and would not be available for several days, and the Twins decided to make a pitcher-for-pitcher swap.
Pino has made five starts with the Twins, and has a 4.39 ERA with 19 strikeouts and seven walks in 26 2/3 innings. His latest start in the Majors was July 10, in which he lasted five innings and gave up one run.
His latest start in Rochester wasn't so great. The righthander took the loss July 17 when he gave up five earned runs in five innings for the Red Wings and walked seven batters.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he asked Pino when he got the ballpark Monday why he had walked so many batters, "and he said he was just working on a few things," Gardenhire said with a smirk.
"We'll leave it at that. Excited to have him up here. The kid's a competitor. He really competes out there and changes speeds," Gardenhire said. "We'll just throw that one out in the minor leagues as maybe too much travel or whatever and hopefully he'll pitch well tomorrow."