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Twins outright Harris, bring up Repko

Twins outright Harris, bring up Repko

MILWAUKEE -- Following Thursday's 5-0 loss to the Brewers, the Twins announced that they have outrighted infielder Brendan Harris to Triple-A Rochester and selected the contract of outfielder Jason Repko.

In order for the Twins to make the move, Harris had to clear waivers. As a player with between 3-5 years service time, Harris needed to accept the assignment or lose the remainder of the two-year, $3.2 million contract that he signed in January.

"He's going to take the assignment," Twins general manager Bill Smith said. "And the best thing he can do is go down, get some at-bats and get himself on track."

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Harris was batting .157 in 43 games for the Twins this season. He had three doubles, one home run and four RBIs while spending the majority of his time in a utility role.

While the Twins had been hoping that Harris would get going offensively, manager Ron Gardenhire said that the club decided to go with another right-handed bat for its bench. The Twins went with another outfielder since they've been using Michael Cuddyer as an option at third base.

Repko hit .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 59 games with the Red Wings. He is expected to be in uniform on Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the Mets in New York.

"You get to a certain point and you've just got to make a move and get another right-handed hitter in here," Gardenhire said.

"Repko's swinging the bat pretty good and plays the outfield, too. If we're moving Cuddyer in here [to third base], you have to have another outfielder. This guy can run the bases and everything, the whole package. He's a good right-handed hitter. He's got some experience, so we'll see what happens."

Repko spent parts of four seasons in the Majors from 2005-09 with the Dodgers. He holds a .226 career average in the Majors, with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs.

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