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Twins release outfielder Jordan Schafer, on disabled list with injured knee

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have released injured outfielder .

Schafer was the center fielder in Minnesota's opening day lineup this year after being claimed off waivers from Atlanta last August. He has been on the disabled list because of a medial collateral sprain in his right knee since mid-May and hit only .217 in 69 at-bats.

and passed Schafer on the outfield depth chart, and the organization's top prospect, , was promoted from Double-A last week.

The move was made late Thursday, putting the Twins on the hook for the remainder of Schafer's $1.55 million salary for this season. This also opened a spot on the 40-man roster, which will be needed when right-hander 's 80-game suspension expires in July.

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