CLEVELAND, OH – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have returned right-handed pitcher Bailey Ober from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 60-day Injured List, and placed outfielder Kyle Garlick on the 10-day Injured List with a left wrist sprain.
Ober, who was originally placed on the 15-day Injured List on June 6 with a right groin strain, made three rehab starts between Low-A Fort Myers and Triple-A St. Paul, posting a 1.54 ERA (11.2 IP, 2 ER), with three walks and 12 strikeouts. Ober has made seven starts for the Twins this season, going 1-2 with a 4.01 ERA (33.2 IP, 15 ER), seven walks, 29 strikeouts and a 1.28 WHIP. He is scheduled to make the start tonight for the Twins in Cleveland against the Guardians, in game one of the five-game series.
Garlick, who exited last night’s game early against Kansas City, has hit .233 (35-for-150) with three doubles, nine home runs, 18 RBI, 23 runs scored, eight walks and a .433 slugging percentage in 66 games for the Twins this season.
To replace Garlick on the 28-man roster, the Twins have recalled outfielder Mark Contreras from Triple-A St. Paul. Contreras hit .275 (30-for-109) with six doubles, five home runs, 16 RBI, 18 runs and an .801 OPS in 28 games during his most recent stint with the Saints, dating back to August 9. The 27-year-old has gone 3-for-25 with two home runs and four RBI in 12 games over five previous stints with the Twins this season.
To make room for Ober on both the 28-man and 40-man rosters, the Twins have designated right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton for release or assignment. Cotton, who was in his fifth stint with the Twins this season, made 25 appearances for Minnesota in 2022, going 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA (35.0 IP, 11 ER), 16 walks, 31 strikeouts and a 1.11 WHIP.
Additionally, right-handed pitcher Randy Dobnak has cleared outright waivers and has accepted his assignment to Triple-A.