Twins reinstate Cron, place Buxton, Pineda on 10-day IL
Buxton, who missed Friday’s series opener after suffering a shoulder injury Thursday against the Miami Marlins, has been on a tear at the plate since returning from a concussion, hitting .385 with six doubles and a home run in seven games.
Pineda, who has a strained right triceps, has emerged as a key contributor in the Twins’ rotation after struggling to start the season.
The veteran right-hander has a 2.95 ERA with 53 strikeouts in his last 10 starts. He started Thursday against Miami, allowing seven hits and one run in six innings.
Cron, who had been batting a thumb injury, returned from a two-game rehab assignment on Saturday.
Cron, who last played for the Twins on July 20, is hitting .263/.320/.494 with 18 home runs in 83 games.
The Twins made a series of roster moves to refill the 25-man roster, recalling right-handed pitcher Zack Littell and outfielder Jake Cave from Triple-A Rochester, while optioning right-hander Lewis Thorpe to Triple-A.