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Minnesota Twins put JT Riddle on COVID injured list

Apr 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop JT Riddle (15) throws the ball to first base for an out in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Infielder JT Riddle became the latest member of the Minnesota Twins to be placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Wednesday.

He has appeared in four games for the Twins this season, batting .333 (2-for-6) with a run scored.

On Tuesday, the Twins put outfielders Max Kepler and Kyle Garlick as well as left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar on the COVID list.

To replace Riddle on the roster, the Twins brought up catcher Tomas Telis, 29, from the taxi squad. Telis spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site in St. Paul and has appeared in 122 major league games with the Texas Rangers (2014-15) and Miami Marlins (2015-18). He has a career average of .230 with one home run and 24 RBIs.

The Twins had three road games postponed due to a COVID outbreak within their clubhouse, two against the Los Angels last weekend and one against the Oakland Athletics on Monday.

The Twins and A’s played a doubleheader on Tuesday, with the A’s sweeping, and are set for the series finale on Wednesday. Riddle appeared as a pinch runner in the second game of the twin bill.

It’s not clear if Riddle, Kepler, Garlick and Thielbar tested positive or were deemed close contacts to reported positive tests within the organization. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons tested positive last week as did a staffer later in the week.

–Field Level Media