Minnesota Twins: Jordan Schafer Released, Ervin Santana Update


The Jordan Schafer era is over for the Minnesota Twins. The outfielder was released by the Twins on Thursday with the outfield all of a sudden getting really crowded, some guy named Byron Buxton is on the roster now.

Schafer truly overachieved at the tail end of the 2014 season which lead to the Twins giving him some money in order to avoid arbitration with the former Atlanta Braves player. The Twins handed over $1.55 million to Schafer before the season began. The Twins will still need to pay him the money, but the move does give the Twins an opening on the 40-man roster.

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As of Friday afternoon, the Twins have not yet filled the now open  40-man spot. The Twins do need an opening for starting pitcher Ervin Santana when he is available to pitch after serving his suspension. Santana is expected to start in early July for the Twins, he will pitch for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings on Saturday. Santana is expected to make three starts with Rochester before joining the big league squad.

Santana’s specific start date looks to be July 5 against division rival, first place Kansas City Royals in Kansas City.

Twins now take on the Chicago Cubs for a three game interleague matchup at Target Field.

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