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One result of a team being out of the playoff race is it can give players a first taste of the majors.

The Minnesota Twins did just that Saturday, recalling infielder Drew Maggi from Triple-A St. Paul.

To make room for Maggi on the roster, the Twins placed Rob Refsnyder on the 10-day injured list with right elbow impingement and moved reliever Taylor Rogers to the 60-day DL.

For Maggi, his first appearance will mark his major-league debut. It was a long time coming.

Drafted by Pittsburgh in the 15th round of the 2010 draft, Maggi is on his fifth organization (Pirates, Angels, Dodgers and Indians). He signed with Minnesota as a minor-league free agent in 2019 and hit a modest .258/.380/.407 in 119 games in Double-A and Triple-A.

But the Twins saw something in him and assigned Maggi to their alternate training site in 2020.

This season with the St. Paul Saints, Maggi is hitting .261/.364/.486 with 16 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 86 games. In 10 games this month he's batting .306/.375/.667 after hitting .300 with a .432 on-base percentage in August.

Maggi, who turned 32 in May and has played in 1,042 minor-league games with 4,077 plate appearances, will wear No. 89 for the Twins.

Check out Minnesota as it plays in Toronto on Bally Sports North starting with Twins Live at 1:30 p.m.

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