Twins place Max Kepler on 10-day injured list, Brent Rooker’s contract selected

The Minnesota Twins announced on Friday that right fielder Max Kepler has been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 3, with a left abductor strain and have selected the contract of outfielder Brent Rooker.

Kepler, who left Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, has played in 35 games, hitting .220 (27 for 123) with five doubles, seven home runs, 18 RBI, 18 runs scored, 17 walks, a .322 on-base percentage and a .753 OPS.

This marks Kepler’s first trip to the injured list in his career, according to the team.

To replace Kepler on the 28-man roster, the Twins have selected the contract of Rooker. The 25-year-old played in 65 games at Triple-A Rochester last season, hitting .281 (64 for 228) with 16 doubles, 14 home runs, 47 RBI, 41 runs scored, 35 walks, a .398 on-base percentage and a .933 OPS. He was selected as the 35th overall pick in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft by Minnesota.

Additionally, the Twins have added catcher/infielder Willians Astudillo as the 29th man for Friday’s doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers.

Pitcher Juan Minaya has cleared waivers as of Friday and was assigned to the club’s Alternate Training Site.