Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler is among the club's positive cases for the coronavirus. Manager Rocco Baldelli announced Kepler's absence with COVID-19 ahead of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Athletics. The scheduled opener of the series Monday was postponed, as were the Twins' final two games against the Angels in Anaheim over the weekend, because of the outbreak on the team.
The Minnesota Twins put outfielders Max Kepler and Kyle Garlick as well as left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, hours ahead of their first game since Friday. The Twins had three road games postponed due to a COVID outbreak within their clubhouse, two against the Los Angels and one against the Oakland Athletics. The Twins also reinstated outfielder Brent Rooker from the 10-day IL, recalled infielder Travis Blankenhorn from the team's taxi squad and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell, also from the taxi squad.
The Minnesota Twins have been cleared to travel and are moving forward with plans for a doubleheader in Oakland on Tuesday after having their season interrupted by coronavirus concerns. The Twins haven't played since Friday to allow for virus testing and contact tracing as the club has had at least four positive coronavirus tests in the past week. Kyle Garlick, another unnamed Twins player and a team staff member tested positive in the two days before the postponements against the Angels, manager Rocco Baldelli said this weekend.