Twins designate Santana, reinstate Adrianza, select Rucinski

The Minnesota Twins activated middle infielder Ehire Adrianza from the disabled list and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Drew Rucinski, the team announced Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Danny Santana has been designated for assignment.

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Adrianza, who has mainly played second base and shortstop in the majors, was claimed off waivers by the Twins in February. Previous, he played in 154 big-league games with the San Francisco Giants from 2013-16. Known more for his defense in the infield, Adrianza has a career .220 batting average with 16 doubles and 26 RBI in 331 plate appearances.

Santana had appeared in just 13 games this season, going 5 for 25 (.200). After a solid rookie season in which he had a slash line of .319/.353/.472, Santana slipped to .215/.241/.291 in 91 games in 2015 and .240/.279/.326 in 75 games last season.

Rucinski, who was not on the Twins’ 40-man roster, has pitched 14 1/3 innings in the majors, all with the Los Angeles Angels from 2014-15. The 25-year-old has made six appearances and one start for Rochester this season, logging a 3.41 ERA with 13 strikeouts and two walks.

Minnesota had an open spot on the roster after demoting starting pitcher Kyle Gibson to Triple-A on Thursday.