Donaldson off, Kirilloff on Twins’ wild-card roster
Josh Donaldson will not play in the Minnesota Twins’ best-of-three series against Houston, which begins Tuesday at Target Field.
The slugger was left off the Twins’ 28-man roster for the wild-card round clash with the Astros. Donaldson missed Minnesota’s final two games of the regular season with a strained calf.
Outfielder Byron Buxton, who was removed from Friday’s game after getting hit by a pitch in the helmet and also did not play Saturday or Sunday, was listed on the roster.
Another big surprise for the Twins was outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff joining the club. Kirilloff, who is ranked as the Twins’ No. 2 overall prospect by MLB.com, has yet to make his MLB debut. He could do so in the postseason.
In 2019, Kirilloff batted .283/.343/.413 with nine homers and 43 RBI for Double-A Pensacola. He started 41 games in right field, 35 games at first base and eight contests in left field.
Marwin Gonzalez will bat ninth and play third base in Game 1 for the Twins. Rookie Ryan Jeffers will start behind the dish and bat eighth.
Tune in to FOX Sports North for a one-hour edition of “Twins Live” at 12 p.m., and again after the game for a full recap and reaction from the clubhouse.
MINNESOTA TWINS 28-MAN WILD CARD ROSTER
|Jose Berrios||Tyler Clippard|
|Randy Dobnak||Tyler Duffey|
|Kenta Maeda||Trevor May|
|Jake Odorizzi||Michael Pineda|
|Taylor Rogers||Sergio Romo|
|Cody Stashak||Caleb Thielbar|
|Willians Astudillo||Alex Avila|
|Mitch Garver||Ryan Jeffers|
|Ehire Adrianza||Luis Arraez|
|Marwin Gonzalez||Jorge Polanco|
|Byron Buxton||Jake Cave|
|Max Kepler||Alex Kirilloff|
DESIGNATED HITTER (1)