Granite was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Granite will look to take advantage of his second opportunity with the Twins after a mediocre first stint earlier in the season -- the 24-year-old hit .250 with a .605 OPS through 18 games between July and August. He put together a much more respectable .338/.392/.475 line with five homers and 15 stolen bases in 71 games with Rochester. With Robbie Grossman (thumb) on the shelf, Granite should serve as the Twins' fourth outfielder.
Granite was sent down to Triple-A Rochester after Friday's game, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Granite was off to a horrifically slow start, with just a .605 OPS through 18 games, and he has been on the bench to start each of the last three games. Don't expect the Twins to give up on Granite after this disappointing first stint, but since he hasn't earned consistent at-bats at the major league level, he'll head back to the minors for more seasoning.
Granite is not in Wednesday's lineup against San Diego, The Star Tribune's LaVelle E. Neal reports.
Granite will retreat to the bench after starting the previous 13 games in the outfield. During the span, the 24-year-old has hit .306/.358/.327 with seven RBI and five runs. Byron Buxton draws the start in center for the final contest of a two-game set versus the Padres.
Granite started in left field and went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's loss at San Diego.
It's notable that Granite stayed in the starting lineup after Bryon Buxton was activated from the DL. Granite is hitting .306 over his last 13 games, so he could stick in the lineup if he doesn't struggle like Tuesday.
Granite went 2-for-4 with a caught stealing in Saturday's loss to Oakland. He's hitting .412 (14-for-34) over his last nine games.
After a slow start at the plate (2-for-18), Granite figured how to hit major league pitching. He's been getting starts in center field while Byron Buxton is on the DL. With Buxton due back Monday, it initially was thought Granite would head back to the minors. However, he's been hitting well enough he could stay in the lineup in left field.
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