Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association came to an agreement earlier this week that active rosters would remain at 28 players for the remainder of the 2020 season. Ball clubs need to trim down the active roster from 30 players to 28 by noon today, and the Twins met that goal after the game last night.
Aaron Whitefield, Australian #2 on the Twins roster, was optioned down to the St Paul site. If you don’t know who Aaron Whitefield is, that’s okay. He was on the final 30-man roster by Opening Day, purely for his speed and defense and to be used as a pinch-runner in applicable scenarios. He did see time in three games, his first action in the majors, coming in twice as a pinch-runner and also playing in center field for two games. The Aussie recorded one at-bat, going 0-1 and scoring one run.
Optioning Whitefield does bring the roster down to 28 players as the Twins did not make any corresponding move to putting Rich Hill on the I.L.
As for the taxi squad, teams can now carry five players total instead of the previously-agreed-upon three players. Catcher Tomas Telis remains on the taxi squad and was joined by lefty reliever Sam Clay and righty pitcher Cory Gearrin for this road trip. Presumably, the other two spots are empty for when (hopefully) one of the starting pitchers comes off the I.L., most likely Jake Odorizzi.