Twins reinstate Kepler, Garlick from COVID IL

Rortvedt recalled, Jeffers and Rooker optioned; Lin and Riddle DFA’d

April 30th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have reinstated outfielders Max Kepler and Kyle Garlick from the COVID Injured List, and recalled catcher Ben Rortvedt from Triple-A St. Paul.

To make room for those three on the 26-man roster, the Twins have optioned catcher Ryan Jeffers and outfielder Brent Rooker to Triple-A St. Paul, and designated infielder Tzu-Wei Lin for release or assignment.

Garlick and Kepler each missed the Twins’ last nine games. Garlick appeared in 12 games prior to his IL stint, hitting .280 (7-for-25) with three doubles, three RBI and six runs scored. Kepler has hit .234 (11-for-47) with four doubles, one triple, eight RBI and five runs scored in 14 games this season. Rortvedt, the Twins’ No. 28 prospect per, was with the team on the most recent road trip as part of the Taxi Squad and will be looking to make his major league debut. He will wear uniform number 70.

Additionally, the Twins have reinstated infielder JT Riddle from the COVID Injured List and designated him for release or assignment.