The Twins continued to clear space on their 40-man roster by waiving catcher Chris Gimenez and lefthander Ryan O’Rourke. In addition, lefthander Nik Turley was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh.
Gimenez, who batted .220 with seven homers in 77 games (and also pitched in six games), and O’Rourke, who missed the 2017 season after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery in April, become free agents.
Turley, who posted a 11.21 ERA in three starts and seven relief appearances, is the third Twins player claimed by other organizations this month, following lefthander Randy Rosario (to the Cubs) and outfielder Daniel Palka (to the White Sox). The Twins now have six open spots on their 40-man roster.
• Manager Paul Molitor has been named one of three finalists for AL Manager of the Year, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced, along with Cleveland’s Terry Francona and Houston’s A.J. Hinch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.
• Tanner Swanson, an assistant coach at Santa Clara, was hired as Twins minor league catching coordinator.