Add another outfielder to the Minnesota Twins’ injured list.
Jake Cave was placed on the 60-day IL on Saturday due to a stress reaction in his lower back. Rob Refsnyder was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul and placed on the 40-man roster to take Cave's place.
Cave has played in 30 games this season, appearing in 14 games in left field (eight starts), 13 in center (nine starts) and six in right field (five starts). At the plate he’s struggled, going just 18-for-84 (.167) with five doubles, one home run, two RBI and a stolen base.
With Byron Buxton already on the IL, Max Kepler is the only other player to man center this season for the Twins, appearing in four games. Kepler has played in center field in 138 games in the big leagues, 60 of those coming in 2019.
In addition to Buxton, rookie Alex Kirilloff was placed the injured list May 5 with a wrist injury.
The 30-year-old Refsnyder has played in 181 MLB games for the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays and Rangers, owning a career slash line of .217/.305/.297. Last year he appeared in 15 games for Texas, going 6-for-30. Refsnyder has only played the corner outfield spots, as well as first and second base, in the majors.
With the Saints, Refsnyder was 7-for-30 with two homers and a .233/.378/.500 slash line in eight games. He did play in center in one game for St. Paul and has appeared there 14 times in his minor-league career.