MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have released outfielder Jordan Schafer, the team announced.
Schafer played in just 27 games for the Twins this year after dealing with a knee injury suffered in early May. Before landing on the disabled list, Schafer was hitting just .217 with five RBI and three doubles in 69 at-bats.
Minnesota acquired Schafer last season off waivers from Atlanta, where Schafer spent four seasons. He also played two years with the Houston Astros. He played 41 games for the Twins in 2014 and broke camp this spring as one of the team’s four outfielders.
Recently, though, the Twins called up top prospect Byron Buxton to play center field. Along with Buxton, Minnesota has several other outfield options in Eddie Rosario, Torii Hunter and Shane Robinson, as well as the currently injured Aaron Hicks. Schafer’s knee injury was slow to heal, plus it might have been tough for him to find playing time even when he returned from the DL.