When Josh Donaldson landed on the injured list just a day into the season, the Twins opted to replace him on the roster with another position player — Brent Rooker.

By the time Rooker went down days later, the Twins were back in an American League park and chose to replace him with a pitcher, giving them a 14-12 pitcher-hitter split on the roster.

Donaldson (strained hamstring) went over to the alternate site in St. Paul on Sunday and hit a home run during his six at-bats while playing five innings in the field. All went well. Baldelli said Rooker (cervical strain) is doing better and will be heading over to St. Paul to get work in, too.

When Donaldson is ready to return, the Twins will have to make a decision: Continue to carry an added pitcher on the roster or drop back down to 13?

It’s something that will likely fluctuate throughout the season — as it has so far — depending on the Twins’ specific needs at the time.

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“There will be times, I bet, where we’ll be carrying one heavy extra pitcher, and times where we’re going to need the position player. We’re going to have to be willing to make moves and adjust as we go,” Baldelli said. “Obviously, the roster is always a consideration. We have to find a way to make it work. But I think it’s going to be something that’s going to go back and forth, and it has to. There’s really no other way around functioning around 162 games.”

College reunion

Travel nearly 140 miles from Oklahoma City to southern Oklahoma and, nestled in the corner of the state, you can find Altus, a town with a population just under 20,000 people. Within that town, you’ll find Western Oklahoma State College, a community college with an enrollment less than some public high schools.

The probability of two Western Oklahoma State College alums facing off together in the major leagues must be incredibly low. But Saturday, it happened for the second time. In the seventh inning, Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons stepped in the box to find his former teammate, Casey Sadler, on the mound. It’s happened once before, when Simmons was with the Angels and Sadler the Dodgers.

Simmons was a second-round draft pick by the Braves in 2010, and Sadler was selected in the 25th round that same year. Simmons tipped his hat to the reliever on Saturday, and Sadler returned the gesture.

“It’s nice to see because it was a small, small place. It’s always nice to see people you grew up with or have an experience with succeed, and now you’re in the show playing against each other,” Simmons said. “It’s fun. I’m happy for him, but I’m 2 for 2 against him, just in case he ever hears this. I’m winning the battle so far.”


Luis Arraez went 2 for 3 on Sunday and is now hitting .372 in the leadoff spot. … Byron Buxton has an extra-base hit in all but one game this season. … Former Twin Martín Pérez will draw the start on Monday against the Twins for Boston.