The Twins have placed a pair of outfielders – Max Kepler and Kyle Garlick – as well as left-hander Caleb Thielbar on the COVID-19 injured list, the team announced. Kepler tested positive for the virus, manager Rocco Baldelli announced to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com and other reporters. Garlick tested positive over the weekend, while Thielbar is on the list as a close contact.
The Twins have been hit hard by COVID over the past several days, as their games against the Angels on Saturday and Sunday were both postponed. The club was previously scheduled to face the Athletics on Monday, but they were also unable to play then. However, the Twins will return to action Tuesday with a doubleheader in Oakland.
To fill their empty roster spots, the Twins reinstated outfielder Brent Rooker from the 10-day IL, added lefty Lewis Thorpe as the 27th man for their doubleheader, recalled infielder Travis Blankenhorn and selected righty Luke Farrell. The 29-year-old Farrell appeared with four different teams – most recently Texas – from 2017-20 and combined for a 5.00 ERA in 63 innings. The Twins signed him to a minor league deal during the offseason.
no not Thielbar!
Thank you Andrelton Simmons! Can’t wait for him to be gone with his loony-tune conspiracy beliefs.
What did he do?
Wouldn’t have he tested positive also if that were the case?
Simmons tested positive like a week ago
He didn’t purposely get Covid
No, but he purposefully chose not to take a preventative measure that almost everyone else did. So that part is on him.
I feel like more fans are upset at the covid rules than they are covid itself
I’m more upset by people like Simmons that fall for (then delete) every conspiracy theory on Twitter, but refuse to follow science, get vaccinated, and help him (and other teammates) in the process.
Minnesota is a highly-educated, science-focused state, and I doubt they’ll re-sign Simmons after this season with the abundance of shortstops available and his looney-tune conspiracy theory beliefs.
Simmons beliefs are foolish, I agree, but his positive test and this latest outbreak aren’t related. Garlick and Kepler didn’t get it from Simmons. But why let facts get in the way of a good rant, right?
Actually they did.. they all have the same strain… as there are multiple strains around ,.. and people have a false notion of how testing works: Once you get the virus, you don’t immediately test positive. 1st you have to build up enough virus to be testable. That is normally a 5-7 day period. ( as little as 3 and as many as 14.. but the average is 5-7 days).. Since Simmons tested positive last wednesday and has contact with all the rest of the positive players.. its easy to see where it came from… You become contagious about the time it shows up on the tests maybe fore. . So if you were in the Room with him last monday thru wednesday… and you test positive on friday or saturday.. chances are you got it on monday thru wedsday.. Now the newer strains are extremely contagious.. so much so that the CDC recommended people avoid enclosed areas where people weren’t wearing mask.. as 1 exposure could likely be enough to give you Covid. The other Gentleman is incorrect.. They got the Vaccinations the week Simmons got the virus, is my understanding.. and they take about 2 weeks to become effective depending on the type: J&J is 2 weeks, Pfizer is a full month and a week because it is a 2 shot, Moderna is a month because it its a 2 shot..
His body his choice, it affects people so differently, I had it, thought my allergy medicine wasn’t working. I hope we get herd immunity soon and can move on to real baseball topics.
can’t get herd immunity if people don’t get their Vaccines without a lot more deaths.. that is the science and while you may wish and hope and pray to get the virus… spreading it to others is flat wrong… and thats the second half of why we get the vaccines.. for the community.. and baseball is a very closed community…
It’s not conspiracy if there being proven right. People can’t get the science right with so much flip flopping. Washington Post has two articles, one where the author says the 1918 epidemic shows why masks work. But nearly a year earlier the same Washington Post put out a article claiming that masks were useless during the Spanish flu. So which one is it. Dr. Fauci said earlier last year because he doesn’t have symptoms he doesn’t need a mask, but now he’s saying you do.
Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been put on pause.
They way you talk about science sounds oddly religious. “Follow science,” “science-focused” Replace science with Christ and it sounds mostly the same.
Super cherrypicking there!
science is numbers.. and it it much more predictive and clear and concise than the Analytics used in baseball..
Fever Pitch Guy
Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
Question about the covid rules.
If a player is vaccinated, would they be exempt from going on the COVID list? Do they have to be fully vaccinated?
I’m strongly for getting vaccinated for many, many reasons but wouldn’t players want to get vaccinated for the primary reason of keeping them in the lineup and helping their team win games?
No because the vaccine doesn’t stop you from having the virus. It just lowers your chances of experiencing symptoms. You can still spread it which is why there are specific restrictions in place.
Scientifically that just isn’t true. I’ll have to look up mlb’s policy.
It actually is true. Nebraska hit it right on the head.
It is true. It says that explicitly in the waivers that you sign when you get the vaccine. Herd immunity will still be achieved from raw transmission.
depends on the Vaccine.. J&J takes about 2 weeks, Moderna takes about 4 weeks and Pfizer takes 5 weeks.. and still them there is a slight chance you could catch the virus and a slight chance you would pass it along… the thing about the Vaccines that they prevent MOST cases, virtually all the Hospitalizations and nearly every death..
so a fully vaccinated player could possibly get the virus and that means they will still test and trace and quarantine.. but the chances are very low…
The fact that people think they are immune to the virus after they get the vaccine is disturbing. Neither the CDC nor the manufacturers have made any claim that the vaccines lessen an individual’s chances of acquiring or transmitting the virus if they are exposed to it. It mitigates symptoms meaning less people will die or be hospitalized. Therefore the virus can continue to work it’s way through the population “safely” until herd immunity is achieved.
If a player already had COVID then they don’t need a vaccine since they have the antibodies.
Not necessarily. COVID is not chicken pox — though rare, you can get reinfected. And a first infection might not help much against a variant. The vaccine is better at fighting variants.
It’s great to know there are so many covid experts and nobody agrees on anything!
Maybe some of the experts can tell us why the power hitting Twins can’t score a run in 14 innings
Dumpster Divin Theo
Select Luke Farrell? Seems the Twins need them some Luke Cage.