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Minnesota Twins activate Max Kepler, Kyle Garlick from COVID-19 list

Apr 15, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler celebrates after hitting walk off single against the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins activated outfielders Max Kepler and Kyle Garlick from the COVID-19 injury list on Friday. Both players missed the past nine games.

Kepler was batting .234 with eight RBIs and five runs scored in 14 games prior to being placed on the list. Garlick was hitting .280 with three RBIs in 12 games.

Minnesota also activated infielder JT Riddle from the COVID list and designated him for assignment, and designated for assignment infielder/outfielder Tzu-Wei Lin.

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Riddle was 2-for-6 (.333) in four games for the Twins this season. Lin didn’t get any at-bats while appearing in one game.

In addition, the Twins recalled catcher Ben Rortvedt from Triple-A St. Paul and optioned catcher Ryan Jeffers and outfielder Brent Rooker to the same affiliate. The 23-year-old Rortvedt will be looking to play in his major-league debut.

Jeffers batted .147 (5-for-34) with one RBI in 11 games, while Rooker batted .103 (3-for-29) with one homer and two RBIs in eight games.

–Field Level Media