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Yohan Pino started the game on Thursday night. After the game he started, Pino found out that he had been demoted again. Pino was demoted, but called back up seemingly instantly just about two weeks ago and that might be the case again here.
Pino was demoted to make room on the roster for Kris Johnson who is the starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins on Friday night against the Colorado Rockies. Johnson is up in place of Ricky Nolasco who was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Pino’s rotation spot will not be up again until after the All-Star activities being held in the Twin Cities. It is not clear yet if Pino will get that spot back or if it might go to one of the young guns like Trevor May or Alex Meyer who are waiting in Triple-A.
Friday will be the second appearance for Kris Johnson in a Twins uniform. Johnson made one other start for the Twins earlier this season. Johnson started game two of the May 1 doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Target Field. Johnson only went 4.1 innings, but didn’t allow a single run on four hits and six walks in the contest.