NEW YORK — The Twins have set their roster for the American League Division Series, which begins on Friday night at Yankee Stadium and, notably, Luis Arraez and Ehire Adrianza are included.
Also notable, Martin Perez is not.
Arraez suffered a Grade 1 right ankle sprain last week in Kansas City but had been using the days off to get treatment and recuperate. On Thursday, he worked out on the field at Yankee Stadium and general manager Thad Levine said it was positive. The rookie Arraez slashed .334/.399/.439 and worked his way into an everyday role after being called up earlier in the season.
Adrianza suffered an oblique strain on Sept. 12 and has not played since then, but proclaimed himself 100% on Tuesday at the team’s workout. Though Max Kepler (shoulder) and Marwin Gonzalez (oblique) also missed much of September, their status was less up in the air than Adrianza and Arraez’s.
Including those four, the Twins have 13 position players on their roster: Jason Castro, Mitch Garver, Adrianza, Arraez, C.J. Cron, Gonzalez, Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano, Jonathan Schoop, Jake Cave, Kepler, Eddie Rosario and Nelson Cruz.
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Since the Twins have both Arraez and Adrianza healthy, there are no real surprises with their position player group. Willians Astudillo made the trip with the team to New York, but was left off the roster while Cave got the nod over LaMonte Wade Jr. for the extra outfield spot.
The Twins will carry 12 pitchers on the roster: Jose Berrios, Randy Dobnak, Tyler Duffey, Kyle Gibson, Brusdar Graterol, Zack Littell, Trevor May, Jake Odorizzi, Taylor Rogers, Sergio Romo, Devin Smeltzer and Cody Stashak.
Notably missing, though not surprising, is Perez, who spent all but two weeks of the season in the Twins’ rotation. Though Perez started the year strong, he posted a 6.63 ERA in the final two months of the season, giving up 40 earned runs in 54 1/3 innings pitched. Rookie southpaw Lewis Thorpe is also off the roster and didn’t appear to travel with the team to New York while Smeltzer instead got the nod.
Should they advance to the American League Championship series, the Twins have a chance to reset their roster.