Rooker is not starting Tuesday against the Cubs. The outfielder sat out the series finale in Toronto, and now he'll remain out of the lineup for the first of two games at Wrigley Field. Nick Gordon draws the start in left field against right-hander Alec Mills.
Rooker is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays. Rooker is hitting .300 with two doubles and two home runs in his last 10 games after an 0-for-3 showing Saturday. Jake Cave is starting in left field and batting eighth in the series finale.
Rooker went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over Toronto. The new father showed some dad power Friday. Rooker plated Minnesota's first run with an RBI double in the second inning, and he added a solo shot for insurance in the sixth. The 26-year-old lifted his season slash line to .210/.295/.420 with eight homers, 15 RBI, 22 runs scored and nine doubles through 176 plate appearances. He should see fairly regular playing time in left field over the last two-plus weeks of the season.
Rooker was activated off the paternity list Friday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Rooker had been out since Monday while spending time with his newborn baby. He started five of the previous seven games prior to his absence, so he should return to a similar role down the stretch. Andrelton Simmons was placed on the restricted list due to immigration issues to clear a spot for Rooker's return.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said that Rooker will be placed on the paternity list ahead of Monday's game against the Yankees, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Rooker will spend up to three days away from the team following the birth of his child. Rob Refsnyder and Nick Gordon will likely fill in while the 26-year-old is away from the club. Rooker went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Royals.
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