The Twins have placed outfielder Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right MCL.
Shane Robinson who has missed four games after going on the family emergency list, has been reinstated and will be available for today's game.
Schafer has been bothered by the knee for the last few weeks but insisted that he could play through it. That, however, changed in recent days, leading to the move.
``Schafer's right knee issue has lingered,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``We thought initially that he would be able to play through it and hopefully see improvement, We haven't seen that.''
Schafer is batting .217 with no homers and 5 RBI in 27 games.
Robinson is batting .315 with 7 RBI in 22 games as a platoon player with Schafer in center or late inning defensive replacement. That center field platoon remains an option for Molitor, since the switch-hitting Aaron Hicks was called up last week.
But the Twins might decide to give Hicks the majority of the workload in center.
Trevor May is on the mound as the Twins are looking for their second straight win over the Rays.
Eduardo Escobar is at short today, as Molitor makes sure he gets some games there. Danny Santana is the designated hitter.
Since April 15, the Twins are 19-10.
Thanks to his home run last night, Brian Dozier now has a seven game hitting streak during which he is batting .345.
Blaine Boyer's 15-inning scoreless streak is the third longest active streak in baseball.
Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Steven Souza, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B
James Loney, DH
Logan Forsythe, 1B
David DeJesus, LF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Tim Beckham, 2B
Rene Rivera, C
Alex Colome, RHP
Brian Dozier, 2B
Torii Hunter, RF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Kurt Suzuki, C
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Eddie Rosario, LF
Aaron Hicks, CF
Danny Santana, DH
Trevor May, RHP