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StatsLLC: Jun 19 / 12:00a ET
News: The Minnesota Twins have released injured outfielder Jordan Schafer.
Impact: Schafer was the center fielder in Minnesota's opening day lineup this year after being claimed off waivers from Atlanta last August. He has been on the disabled list because of a medial collateral sprain in his right knee since mid-May and hit only .217 in 69 at-bats.
Rotowire: Jun 18 / 7:03p ET
News: Schafer was released by the Twins on Thursday.
Impact: Schafer batted .217 with 23 strikeouts in 69 at-bats with the Twins this season prior to landing on the 15-day disabled list in mid-May due to an MCL sprain. The speedy outfielder has had marginal success against right-handed pitchers in the past (.242/.323/.238) but Minnesota still decided to continue its youth movement. Schafer will likely have to settle for a minor league deal if he is to sign anywhere this season.
Rotowire: Jun 6 / 11:15a ET
News: Schafer (knee) caught some flyballs this weekend, but is still a ways away from returning, LaVelle Neal of the Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It seems like Schafer's MCL strain is improving slowly, and catching flies is a far cry from more advanced baseball activities. Consider him out indefinitely. Aaron Hicks should continue to get most of the starts in center field in the short term.