Ryan Jeffers and Gilberto Celestino recalled from Triple-A St. Paul
BALTIMORE, MD – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day Injured List with a groin contusion and outfielder Rob Refsnyder on the 7-day Injured List with a concussion (retroactive to June 1). Garver sustained the injury last night on a foul tip and Refsnyder suffered his injury after colliding with the centerfield wall on Monday afternoon.
Garver has batted .224 (26-for-116) with eight doubles, eight home runs, 17 RBI, 19 walks, 17 runs scored and an .833 OPS in 41 games this season. He was hitting .346 (9-for-26) with five doubles, two home runs, four RBI, 11 walks, a .541 on-base percentage and a 1.310 OPS in his last 11 games at the time of his injury. Refsnyder has batted .320 (16-for-50) with three doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, four walks, 10 runs scored and an .864 OPS in 16 games this season.
To replace both Garver and Refsnyder on the 26-man roster, the Twins have recalled catcher Ryan Jeffers and outfielder Gilberto Celestino from Triple-A St. Paul. Jeffers will be making his second major league stint this season, after earning a spot on the Opening Day roster and being optioned on April 29. He batted .147 (5-for-34) with one double, one RBI, three walks and three runs scored in 11 games for the Twins prior to his option, and has since posted a .217/.340/.446 (18-for-83) slash line with four doubles, five home runs, 16 RBI, 16 walks and 13 runs scored in 24 games for the Saints.
Celestino, who was just promoted from Double-A Wichita to St. Paul yesterday, hit .250 (21-for-84) with five doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, 11 walks and 10 runs scored in 21 games for the Wind Surge. The 22-year-old was ranked as the 10th-best prospect, best defensive outfielder and best outfield arm in the Twins’ minor league system by Baseball America and 14th-best prospect by MLB.com prior to the 2021 season. The Santo Domingo, DR native was acquired by the Twins from Houston, along with right-handed pitcher Jorge Alcala, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ryan Pressly on July 27, 2018. He will be in uniform (#79) for tonight’s game in Baltimore and looking to make his major league debut.