Robinson on Twins' opening roster

Club releases veteran left-hander Ledezma

Robinson on Twins' opening roster

The Twins announced Thursday that they have selected the contract of outfielder Shane Robinson, who has made the Opening Day roster.

With the addition of Robinson in a backup outfield role, Minnesota's 40-man roster is full.

In 17 games this spring, Robinson has hit .283 (13-for-46) with four doubles, two RBIs, five runs and four walks. He was signed as a Minor League free agent in December after nine seasons in the Cardinals' organization.

Drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Robinson, 30, has a career batting average of .231 with 12 doubles, five home runs, 37 RBIs and 46 runs scored over parts of five seasons with St. Louis.

In other Twins news Thursday:

• Minnesota released 34-year-old left-hander Wil Ledezma, whom the club signed as a free agent in December. Ledezma allowed three earned runs in one-plus inning against Boston on Wednesday, surrendering four walks and a hit.

• Non-roster player Eric Fryer, who was competing for the backup catcher job, was reassigned to Minor League camp after Thursday's game. Josmil Pinto, who was also in the mix, was optioned to Triple-A. Chris Herrmann will be the backup catcher to start the season.

Michael Kolligian is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.