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Kepler activated, Rooker placed on I.L.

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An exchange of outfielders after a HBP last night.

Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

As Brandon mentioned in the recap of last night’s game, outfielder Brent Rooker was removed from the contest after being hit by a pitch. The diagnosis: a fractured right forearm. I can only assume that baseball is a difficult sport to play with a fractured anything.

Well, the Minnesota Twins feel the same way and, as predicted, a roster move was announced this morning:

It’s an unfortunate end to Rooker’s year. After being called up for his first experience in the majors, he batted .316/.381/.579 in 19 at-bats, including a homer and five RBI. He was a much-needed right-handed bat in a lefty-heavy lineup.

The exchange of roster spots brings Max Kepler off of the Injured List. He was eligible to be activated after landing on the I.L. on September 4 due to a groin injury. Like a handful of Minnesota players, he’s struggling at the plate this season, hitting .220/.322/.431, but does have seven homers and 18 RBI to his name this year.