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Twins bring up reliever Yennier Cano after Danny Coulombe goes on injured list

“I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I was very nervous and excited,” Cano said. “I didn’t know what to do in the moment, but I’m happy that I’m here.”

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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Danny Coulombe (53) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning on May 4 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
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The Twins called up Yennier Cano, a 28-year-old reliever from Cuba, ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Houston Astros at Target Field.

The Twins signed Cano for $750,000 in international bonus money in June 2019. He has spent parts of the past three seasons in the minors and appeared in nine games for the Triple-A St. Paul Saints this season without allowing a run. He has gone 6-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 96.2 career innings.

“I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I was very nervous and excited,” Cano said. “I didn’t know what to do in the moment, but I’m happy that I’m here.”

Cano replaces Danny Coulombe on the 26-man roster. Coulumbe was placed on the 15-day injured list with left hip impingement. He was removed from Tuesday’s game against Houston after sustaining the injury. Coulombe has appeared in nine games for Minnesota this season and posted a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings.

“Right now, all I know is he’s going to the 15-day IL,” said Jayce Tingler, serving as acting manager since Rocco Baldelli tested positive for COVID-19 on May 5. “I think it’s too early to predict, is he going to be back in 15 days? But we are hopeful that that’s a real possibility.”

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Coulombe revealed he has been dealing with the injury for six weeks and that he tweaked it during his second inning of work Tuesday. Coulombe said he received a cortisone shot and he doesn’t believe it will cause him to miss much time.

To make room for Cano on the 40-man roster, the Twins transferred right-handed pitcher Jhon Romero to the 60-day injured list. Romero was placed on the 10-day injured list April 23 with right biceps tendinitis and has missed Minnesota’s past 17 games. Tingler had no update pregame on Romero’s injury.

Buxton returns to the lineup

Byron Buxton started in center field on Wednesday after missing the previous two games with a “very low-level hip strain.”

“(I’m) just dealing with some things right now, but it’s part of the game, part of baseball. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to stay on the field but not push it too much,” he said.

Buxton was removed during the seventh inning of the Twins’ 1-0 victory over Oakland on Saturday. He appeared to feel the hip tighten after stepping awkwardly on first base.

Buxton has appeared in 21 of Minnesota’s 31 games this season, missing time with several injuries, which has been a going concern throughout his career. However, the talented center fielder said he has no plans to change his style of play.

“I’m just going to go out there and play my game,” said Buxton, who was hitting .278 with nine home runs and 17 RBIs entering Wednesday. “If I go out there and try to do something else, it would probably lead to more injuries or something worse. So just go out there, be myself and leave it out there.”

Baldelli could return Thursday

The Twins have been without Baldelil since May 5 after he, Dylan Bundy and Luis Arraez tested positive for COVID-19 in Baltimore. Arraez and Bundy rejoined the team on Tuesday, but Baldelli was awaiting a negative test result before he could return to the team.

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“Talking to him, he sounds better and better,” Tingler said. “I don’t want to throw an empty promise out there, but I’m and we are hopeful that he’ll be back tomorrow.

Tingler said Baldelli, Bundy and Arraez all experienced some symptoms, including body aches, tightness and chills.

Entering Wednesday, the Twins were 3-2 in Baldelli’s absence.

Briefly

Chris Paddack is expected to undergo an MRI in the next 48 hours to get clarity on inflammation in his right elbow. Paddack said Tuesday that the pain feels “pretty similar” to a UCL sprain he suffered in September last season that shut him down for the season, though scans have not yet revealed the injury is the same this time around.

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Minnesota Twins designated hitter Byron Buxton (25) bats against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning on April 21 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Buxton has appeared in 21 of Minnesota's 31 games this season.
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