The Twins claimed outfielder Kyle Garlick off waivers Thursday from the Atlanta Braves, adding some depth to their 40-man roster a week after trading away backup outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr.
Garlick, 29, appeared in 12 games for the Phillies last season, hitting .136 in limited at-bats. He debuted in 2019, playing in 30 games for the Dodgers that year. The corner outfielder, who was picked up by the Dodgers in the 28th round of the 2015 draft, also hit 23 home runs in 2019 in 81 games with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.
It has been a hectic few weeks for Garlick, who was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Jan. 18, claimed by the Braves on Jan. 22, designated again on Feb. 5 and picked up again days later.
With the move, the Twins designated left-handed pitcher Brandon Waddell, who they picked up off waivers earlier this offseason, for assignment. The 40-man roster currently sits at 40, and the Twins will need to make another move in the coming days when they officially add reliever Alex Colome to the roster.
MLB announces game times
The Twins’ 2021 season is scheduled to kick off at 1:10 p.m. on April 1 in Milwaukee against the Brewers. A week later, the Twins will hold their home opener, scheduled for 3:10 p.m., on April 8 against the Seattle Mariners.
MLB released all 30 teams’ start times on Thursday, and the Twins will begin their season with eight day games in their first nine games.
Notably, the Twins will bring back 6:40 p.m. weeknight starts at Target Field before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Summer weeknight games will start a half hour later at 7:10 p.m.
Though the Twins have not made any official announcements about allowing fans back into Target Field, team president Dave St. Peter has said the team has been working on plans in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health and other state officials to safely allow fans to attend games this season.
The Twins have announced plans to let around 2,400 fans into spring training games in Fort Myers, Fla. — about 28 percent of Hammond Stadium’s capacity. An updated spring schedule is expected soon as MLB attempts to cut down on teams’ travel.