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Twins lose rookie slugger for remainder of season, reinstate Max Kepler from IL

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Sep 6, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Brent Rooker (50) bats against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins beat Cleveland 8-4 on Saturday night at Target Field, but lost rookie right fielder Brent Rooker for the season because of a fractured right forearm suffered in the fourth inning when he was hit by a pitch from Zach Plesac.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Rooker already had a cast on his arm after the game and is expected to undergo a procedure to fix the displaced fracture. Rooker was removed quickly after being hit by the pitch, so it was clear the injury was serious.
“We knew when we went out there to check on him on the field that he was not in great shape. … It’s a pretty serious injury,” Baldelli said. “I think long term a procedure will be able to fix him up well, but tough break, it was a very tough break. He’s done a fantastic job for us in his time here, contributed in a huge way in only a few games and we needed his performances. He came through for us.”
The Twins placed Rooker on the 10-day injured list and reinstated right fielder Max Kepler, who missed nine games because of a left adductor strain. Kepler was injured running the bases on Sept. 2 against the White Sox.
Rooker, the 35th pick of the 2017 draft by the Twins, was called up on Sept. 4 after right fielder Max Kepler went on the 10-day injured list because of an adductor strain. Rooker, 25, was slashing .278/.316/.500 with one home run and five RBIs in six games entering Saturday. He had doubled in his first at-bat before being hit by the pitch.