With the playoffs on the horizon, the Minnesota Twins continue to jigger their roster as necessary.
The team announced that Mitch Garver has been activated from the 10-day Injured List, where he had resided since August 20 after suffering a strain in his right side. After a breakout 2019, Garver has slumped in a shortened 2020, with just eight hits (and one home run) in 52 at-bats for a slash line of .154/.262/.212.
Garver takes the place of Willians Astudillo, who has slashed .250/.250/.500 in eight games with the big club this season. Astudillo has been optioned to the St. Paul training site.
In addition, Garver’s IL spot has unfortunately been refilled, as Jake Odorizzi has been placed on the 10-day IL with a blister on his right middle finger. Odorizzi made just one start after his recent recall, pitching 3.2 innings September 16 before exiting with the aforementioned blister.
To fill Odorizzi’s roster spot, Minnesota recalled Sean Poppen from the taxi squad. In six appearances this season, two more than his 2019 campaign, Poppen sports a 4.70 ERA and 1.696 WHIP, but has an impressive 2.15 FIP and has improved both his BB/9 and K/9 numbers from last season.