Minnesota Twins announce roster moves: place Garlick, Kepler and Thielbar on COVID IL


Club reinstates Rooker, recalls Blankenhorn and selects contract of Farrell

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have placed outfielders Kyle Garlick and Max Kepler, and left-handed pitcher Caleb Thielbar on the COVID Injured List.

Garlick appeared in 12 games, hitting .280 (7-for-25) with three doubles and three RBI. Kepler played in 14 games, hitting .234 (11-for-47) with four doubles, one triple, eight RBI and five walks. Thielbar appeared in five games, allowing four runs on nine hits in 7.0 innings pitched, with one walk and 15 strikeouts.

To replace those three on the active roster, the Twins have reinstated outfielder Brent Rooker from the 10-day Injured List, recalled infielder Travis Blankenhorn from the Taxi Squad and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell from the Taxi Squad.

Rooker, who missed the last nine games with a cervical strain, played in three games for the Twins this season, going 1-for-11 with one RBI. Blankenhorn made his major league debut on September 15 at Chicago-AL and went 1-for-3 with a double and a hit-by-pitch that night, his only MLB appearance in 2020. Farrell, who was signed as a minor league free agent in December, appeared in four games for Texas in 2020, allowing five runs on five hits in 5.1 innings pitched (8.44 ERA) with five walks and eight strikeouts. Blankenhorn will wear uniform number 13 and Farrell will wear number 51.

Additionally, left-handed pitcher Lewis Thorpe will be added as the 27th man for today’s doubleheader with Oakland. Thorpe started on Friday at Los Angeles-AL, allowing two runs on three hits in 4.0 innings pitched.


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