Bernier was reassigned to minor league camp Friday. Bernier hasn't played in the majors since 2015, and he's appeared in just 46 total big league games throughout his career. The 36-year-old will head back to Triple-A Round Rock, where he spent last season, to serve as organizational depth.
Bernier signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Friday. Bernier slashed .275/.350/.411 with 10 home runs at Triple-A Round Rock last season, but at age 36, he offers little upside going forward. He'll likely act as organizational infield depth for the season.
Bernier agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers on Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Bernier spent last season in the Twins' organization, slashing .256/.340/.306 in 95 games at the Triple-A level. The 35-year-old has limited big league experience in his career and figures to serve just as infield depth for the Rangers.
The Twins announced that right-handed pitcher Tim Stauffer has been reinstated from the disabled list and will be available for Friday's game in Chicago against the White Sox. Stauffer missed 19 games with a right intercostal strain. He allowed three earned runs over five innings of work while rehabbing for Triple-A Rochester. In a corresponding move, Minnesota optioned infielder Doug Bernier to Triple-A Rochester. Bernier appeared in four games, hitting .200 (1 for 5) during his stint with the big-league club.
Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup after his flight back from Dallas was delayed. Plouffe left the team to attend his grandfather's funeral. Doug Bernier will replace him in the starting lineup, batting seventh.