Rooker (forearm) was cleared to resume swinging a bat Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Rooker appears to be making good progress since requiring surgery in late September to address a fractured right forearm. The 26-year-old will likely gradually ramp up the intensity of his workouts throughout the winter with the aim of receiving full clearance ahead of spring training. He'll likely be competing for a spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster in 2021 as a right-handed bench bat.
Rooker has checked out well following surgery on his fractured forearm, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Rooker was struck by a pitch in the forearm back in mid-September, just seven games into his debut season. He's expected to be ready to go by next year's spring training.
Rooker will require surgery to address the fractured right forearm he sustained in Saturday's game against the Indians, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Minnesota moved Rooker to the 10-day injured list Sunday and brought back outfielder Max Kepler (groin) from the IL in a corresponding move. The 25-year-old enjoyed a brief but productive run as a part-time player for the Twins following his Sept. 4 promotion, appearing in seven games and slashing .316/.381/.579. Barring an unexpected setback in his recovery, Rooker is expected to return to full strength for the start of spring training.
Rooker was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a fractured right forearm.
This was inevitable after Rooker was hit by a pitch that broke his right forearm Saturday. He should be fully recovered for spring training 2021. Max Kepler (groin) was activated in a corresponding move.
Rooker will miss the rest of the 2020 season after suffering a fractured right forearm Saturday against the Indians, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old sustained a displaced fracture of his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch during Saturday's contest, an injury which will be addressed via surgery. Rooker joined the Twins last week and went 6-for-19 with one home run, two doubles, four runs and five RBIs over seven games in his first taste of major-league ball.
Rooker left Saturday's game against the Indians in the fourth inning with a right forearm injury after being hit by a pitch, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Rooker got hit near his right elbow and was able to walk toward first base but later left the game. Jake Cave replaced him in right field.
Rooker went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
After sitting on the bench during a 7-3 win by the Twins in the matinee, Rooker took over for Jake Cave in right field during the nightcap and launched his first career homer off Daniel Ponce de Leon in the second inning to briefly give Minnesota a lead. Rooker hasn't look out of place since his promotion, slashing .278/.316/.500 through his first six MLB games with five RBI.
Rooker went 1-for-5 with a double, two RBI and one run scored Sunday against the Tigers.
Rooker started the game in the place of Nelson Cruz (hip) and delivered a double in the bottom of the fifth inning that plated two. He's now recorded hits in each of his last three appearances, though they were all singles prior to this performance. If Cruz misses any more time, Rooker is a candidate for increased at-bats given the additional absence of Max Kepler (groin).
Rooker had his contract selected by the Twins on Friday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old is one of Minnesota's top prospects and is receiving his first callup to the big leagues with Max Kepler (groin) landing on the injured list. Rooker hit well in 65 games at Triple-A in 2019, posting a .281/.398/.535 slash line with 14 homers and 47 RBI, though he also had 95 strikeouts in 274 plate appearances. He'll make his major-league debut in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers, batting seventh and starting in left field.
Rooker was included in Minnesota's 60-man player pool ahead of summer camp before the 2020 season begins, MLB.com reports.
Rooker hit .286/.400/.333 with zero home runs and a 6:3 K:BB in 25 plate appearances with the big club in spring training. While Rooker may be able to hold his own at the plate against big-league pitching, albeit with plenty of strikeouts (34.7 percent strikeout rate at Triple-A), his defensive limitations and the Twins' impressive depth make it tough to envision a path to significant playing time. He'll likely spend most of the season at Minnesota's alternate training site.
Rooker hit .286/.400/.333 with zero home runs and a 6:3 K:BB in 25 plate appearances with the big club this spring.
While Rooker may be able to hold his own at the plate against big-league pitching, albeit with plenty of strikeouts (34.7 percent strikeout rate at Triple-A), his defensive limitations and the Twins' impressive depth make it tough to envision a path to significant playing time. He is a poor defender, already confined to first base, left field and designated hitter, and the Twins are not lacking for quality options at those positions. For instance, Alex Kirilloff is a quality defender at first base and the outfield corners and his bat is close to ready, while Trevor Larnach's bat is not far behind and he is also confined to left field and DH. Rooker will not have to be added to the 40-man roster until next offseason.
Rooker was invited to the Twins' major-league spring training Monday.
Rooker advanced to the Triple-A level in 2019 but missed most of the second half of the season with a groin injury as he appeared in just 65 games for Triple-A Rochester. Over those 65 games, the 25-year-old hit .281/.398/.535 with 14 home runs. He'll get the chance to develop with the major-league coaching staff during spring training and could appear in the majors at some point in 2020.
Rooker (groin) returned to Rochester after the Gulf Coast League playoffs were cancelled in advance of Hurricane Dorian, Justin Murphy of the Democrat and Chronicle reports.
Rooker played in two rehab games with the GCL Twins before the rest of the season was called off. He returned to Triple-A Rochester but was not activated from the 7-day injured list before Rochester's season concluded Monday. He's not on the 40-man roster and seems highly unlikely to get the callup this year. Rooker was also not announced for the Arizona Fall League; assuming this is it for him in 2019, he ends the year having hit .281/.398/.535 with 14 homers in just 65 games at the Triple-A level.
Rooker (groin) began a rehab assignment with the Twins' Gulf Coast League affiliate on Monday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Rooker has been out since mid-July with a right groin contusion. He hit .281/.398/.535 prior to the injury.
Rooker was placed on the 7-day injured list Tuedsay due to a right groin contusion, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Rooker is slashing .281/.398/.535 with 14 homers and 47 RBI over 65 games this season with Triple-A Rochester but will be held out for at least the next seven days while on the mend.
Rooker went 1-for-1 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.
Rooker homered in his only at-bat Wednesday, taking Cole Irvin deep in the seventh inning to put the Twins up for good. The power has always been there for the 24-year-old, as evidenced by his 40 homers across three levels over the past two seasons, but he'll need to cut down on his strikeouts -- he has three in six at-bats this spring -- if he wants to make it to the majors anytime soon.
Rookier received an invitation to major-league spring training, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Rooker slashed .254/.333/.465 with 22 home runs in 130 games at Double-A Chattooga in 2018, but was sidelined with an ankle sprain during Arizona Fall League action in October. The 24-year-old is unlikely to make the jump straight from Double-A to the majors, but a good showing at spring training could help him potentially earn a look at some point during 2019.
Rooker is sidelined from Arizona Fall League action while recovering from a sprained ankle, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
Per Mayo, the Twins are taking a "wait-and-see approach" to Rooker's setback. The first baseman played in 130 games with Double-A Chattanooga during the regular season, slashing .254/.333/.465 with 22 home runs, 79 RBI and six stolen bases.
Rooker went 2-for-4 with two home runs Thursday for Double-A Chattanooga. He's hitting .265/318/.495 with 13 home runs in 71 games.
Rooker continues to display impressive power but he still has a problematic 28.5 percent strikeout rate and a walk rate that has declined to seven percent at Double-A. His age (23) also would appear to cap the upside of the 2017 1st-round draft pick. Despite those flaws, he continues to produce at each level.
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|09/12||vs CLE||W 8-4||1||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/08||@ STL||L 4-6||3||1||1||1||2||0||0|
|09/07||vs DET||W 6-2||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/06||vs DET||L 8-10||5||1||1||0||2||0||0|
|09/05||vs DET||W 4-3||2||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/04||@ DET||W 3-2||3||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|09/04||vs DET||W 2-0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2017||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||40||143||23||40||6||0||11||35||16||47||0||0||.280||.364||.552|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||65||228||41||64||16||0||14||47||35||95||2||0||.281||.398||.535|