Twins claim Clete Thomas off waivers from Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers, the club announced today. To make room for Thomas on the 40-man roster, the Twins transferred right-hander Scott Baker to the 60-day disabled list.

Thomas is expected to join the Twins in time for tomorrow’s game against the Rangers at Target Field. The Twins need to make a corresponding roster move before adding him to the 25-man roster.

Thomas, 28, is a career .253 hitter with eight homers, 22 doubles, four triples and five stolen bases in 145 games with the Tigers. He appeared in three games with the Tigers this season but didn’t have any plate appearances before he was designated for assignment on April 12.

Thomas played with Triple-A Toledo last year, hitting .251 with 12 homers, 15 doubles and 20 stolen bases in 113 games. He’s a career .267 hitter with 41 homers, 125 doubles and 23 triples in 593 games in the Minors.

Thomas, who will wear No. 36, has seen time at all three outfield positions during his career.

MLB.com’s Jason Beck was the first to break the story.

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