Twins place Garlick, Kepler, Thielbar on COVID-reserve list

As the Minnesota Twins prepare to resume play with a doubleheader in Oakland Tuesday afternoon, they’ve placed pitcher Caleb Thielbar and outfielders Max Kepler and Kyle Garlick on MLB’s COVID-reserve list.

Positive tests prompted the Twins to postpone games at the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday and Sunday and Monday’s scheduled series opener in Oakland.

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Garlick was previously announced as having had a positive test. Kepler and Thielbar have not.

Players can be placed on the COVID-reserve in response to either a positive test or due to close-contact with another who has tested positive.

In corresponding moves, the Twins have reinstated outfielder Brent Rooker from the 10-day Injured List, recalled infielder Travis Blankenhorn from the Taxi Squad and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell from the Taxi Squad.

The taxi squad players have been traveling with the team in the event they are needed as replacements.

The Twins have not any additional positve tests beyond the three that initially prompted the pause over the weekend.