The Twins reinstated Astudillo from the COVID-19 injured list and optioned him to their alternate training site Tuesday. The move was merely procedural, as Astudillo reported to the Twins' alternate site nearly three weeks ago after receiving full clearance following a positive COVID-19 test prior to summer camp. Should either of Minnesota's top two catchers (Mitch Garver and Alex Avila) miss time at any point, Astudillo would likely be at the top of the list for a promotion to the big club.
Astudillo is getting "very close" to being an option to be called up to the majors, manager Rocco Baldelli told Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic. Astudillo tested positive for COVID-19 before summer camp began and wasn't cleared until July 26. He was behind in his training as a result and has been working his way back at Minnesota's alternate training site in St. Paul. The Twins currently have just three non-pitchers on the bench, so he could be needed as a third catcher and backup corner infielder soon.
Astudillo has been cleared to rejoin the Twins at their alternate training site, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Astudillo tested negative on back-to-back coronavirus tests, so he has been cleared. He will look to knock off any rust and get back up to speed before potentially joining the 30-man roster in the coming days.
Astudillo, who is on the Covid-19 IL, has not yet been cleared to return to the Twins and his return date is uncertain. "It's been a slow road for him and none of it is due to anything that (he) really has done himself," manager Rocco Baldelli told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Astudillo tested positive for COVID-19 before summer camp began and has been quarantined away from the team. He is said to be asymptomatic and feeling well. He'll begin the season on the COVID-19 IL and it may be several weeks before he's activated since he'll likely need a week or more to ramp up his activity once cleared.
Astudillo, who is on the Covid-19 IL, still has not been cleared to participate in summer camp, though he is asymptomatic and feeling well, Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey told the St. Paul PIoneer Press. Astudillo tested positive for COVID-19 before summer camp began and has been quarantined away from the team. He was on the major-league roster bubble before spring training was shut down in March, as it wasn't clear if the Twins would keep three catchers. However, Astudillo looked set to make the initial expanded roster as a third catcher, but it's not certain he'll be in game shape when the regular season begins even if he's cleared to join camp soon.