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MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins announced today that they outrighted infielder/outfielder Brian Dinkelman and left-handed pitcher Phil Dumatrait to Triple-A Rochester.
As a result of the roster moves, the Twins have 36 players on their 40-man roster. They also outrighted catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Matt Tolbert, outfielder Jason Repko, and right-hander Anthony Slama to Triple-A Rochester last week while reinstating right-hander Nick Blackburn (forearm surgery) and second baseman Alexi Casilla (right hamstring strain) from the 60-day disabled list.
Dinkelman, 27, played in 23 games with the Twins, batting .301 with a .346 on-base percentage and .315 slugging percentage. Dinkelman, who saw time at second base and both corner outfield positions, also had four RBIs and two stolen bases.
He was originally called up on June 3, but was outrighted to Triple-A on June 17 to make room for catcher Joe Mauer, who was activated from the 60-day DL. Dinkelman was called up for a second time on Sept. 5 after hitting .243/.316/.324 with three homers, 41 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 127 games with Rochester.
Dumatrait, 30, spent most of the season with the Twins, posting a 3.92 ERA in 45 appearances. The left-hander struck out 29 and walked 25 while allowing seven homers in 41 1/3 innings. He also made 15 appearances with Rochester, posting a 1.15 ERA with 12 strikeouts and 11 walks in 15 2/3 innings before being recalled on May 16.
MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Morneau is out of the lineup for a second straight day and is expected to be held out until Tuesday’s game against the White Sox.
Morneau, who has been bothered by a sore left wrist, is scheduled to meet with local hand specialist Dr. Thomas Varecka on Monday’s off-day before returning to action.
“He’s had that thing and he’s going to see Dr. Varecka — our hand guy — and he wants to check all the information out there,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “So it doesn’t make any sense for me to put him out there until Dr. Varecka sees him.”
With so many players out, the Twins will rely on a lineup filled with plenty of players who started the season in the Minors including Ben Revere, Rene Tosoni, Brian Dinkelman and Rene Rivera.
Gardenhire said he’s also stacking his lefties against Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis, as left-handers are hitting .310 with a .966 OPS against him this year, while right-handers are hitting just .190 with a .577 OPS.
“Hopefully we’ll bounce back today and get a good start,” Gardenhire said. “The numbers say left-handers hit over .300 against him and right-handers below it. So we snuck as many left-handers as we could other than Morneau. So we’ll see how they do.”
Lineups for the 3:10 p.m. start at Target Field:
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, DH
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. Mitch Moreland, 1B
7. Mike Napoli, C
8. David Murphy, LF
9. Endy Chaves,CF
RHP Colby Lewis (5-6, 4.37 ERA, 5.21 FIP, 2.76 K/BB)
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
4. Delmon Young, LF
5. Rene Tosoni, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Brian Dinkelman, RF
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Matt Tolbert, 2B
RHP Scott Baker (3-4, 3.86 ERA, 4.22 ERA, 3.09 K/BB)