OF Kyle Garlick, P Caleb Thielbar finalize Twins Opening Day roster
The Twins open the 2021 season Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee, and Monday finalized their Opening Day roster. Outfielder Kyle Garlick, after a hot March, is on it, while OF Brent Rooker is on the taxi squad. Garlick was an offseason waiver claim from the Dodgers.
The other interesting battle was in the bullpen with Caleb Thielbar edging out Derek Law and Brandon Waddell. Both were reassigned to minor league camp, with Waddell on the taxi squad.
The Twins play the Brewers Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, then head to Detroit for three games before the Thurs. April 8 home opener vs. Seattle.
The Twins will carry 13 pitchers, three catchers, five infielders, four outfielders and one designated hitter into opening day.
Five players are on the taxi squad: right-hander Luke Farrell, infielder JT Riddle, Rooker, catcher Tomas Telis and Waddell.
MINNESOTA TWINS 2021 OPENING DAY ROSTER
PITCHERS (13): Jorge Alcala, Jose Berrios, Alex Colome, Randy Dobnak, Tyler Duffey, J.A. Happ, Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, Hansel Robles, Taylor Rogers, Matt Shoemaker, Cody Stashak, Caleb Thielbar.
CATCHERS (3): Willians Astudillo, Mitch Garver, Ryan Jeffers.
INFIELDERS (5): Luis Arraez, Josh Donaldson, Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano, Andrelton Simmons.
OUTFIELDERS (4): Byron Buxton, Jake Cave, Kyle Garlick, Max Kepler.
DESIGNATED HITTER (1): Nelson Cruz
INJURED LIST (1): Edwar Colina