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Andrelton Simmons out of lineup, tests positive for Covid-19

Twins infielder was placed on the Covid-19 list. Minnesota has a double-header vs. the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

Minnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws the ball to first base for an out in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field.  David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins SS Andrelton Simmons was placed on the Covid-19 list and the team confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the shortstop has tested positive for the virus. Simmons was in the lineup on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox, so we’ll see if this has any impact on Wednesday’s double-header. The first game is set to begin at 2:10 p.m. ET and the second game is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. ET.

With Simmons being placed on the COVID-19 related injured list, the Twins selected the contract of JT Riddle and promoted top prospect Alex Kirilloff. According to Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota will active veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson for the second game of the doubleheader. Furthermore, the Twins reportedly have people going through contact tracing.

Simmons joined the Twins on a one-year, $10 million deal after spending the last five years with the Los Angeles Angels. The defensive-minded shortstop was off to a good start at the plate for Minnesota this season. In 10 games played, Simmons is slashing .355/.474/.452 with zero home runs and six RBI.