MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – The Minnesota Twins claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Saturday and optioned outfielder Ben Revere to Triple-A Rochester.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins placed starting pitcher Scott Baker on the 60-day disabled list. Baker needs surgery on his right elbow and is out for the season.
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Thomas had no plate appearances with the Tigers this season, but appeared in three games before being designated for assignment on April 12. He has a career batting average of .253 in 145 games with the Tigers.
“He’s a guy that we always liked,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He can do some things. A good defensive outfielder. He’s got a good swing, real strong arm.”
Thomas is expected to join the Twins in time for Sunday’s game against Texas.
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