LHP Rosario, OF Palka claimed off waivers

Goodrum clears waivers, outrighted off Twins' 40-man roster

LHP Rosario, OF Palka claimed off waivers

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins opened three spots on their 40-man roster Friday, as left-hander Randy Rosario was claimed off waivers from the Cubs, outfielder Daniel Palka was claimed off waivers from the White Sox and infielder Niko Goodrum cleared waivers and was outrighted off the roster.

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Palka was the club's No. 22 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, while Rosario and Goodrum both made their Major League debuts in 2017.

Rosario, 23, is a hard-throwing lefty who struggled in his first taste of the Majors, allowing eight runs on seven hits over 2 1/3 innings. He posted a 4.08 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 23 walks in 57 1/3 innings at Double-A Chattanooga last season. It was his first full season pitching in relief. He has a career 3.37 ERA with 289 strikeouts in 352 1/3 innings in the Minors.

Palka, 26, is a left-handed-hitting slugger who batted .274/.329/.431 with 11 homers and 13 doubles at Triple-A Rochester last year. He hit a combined 34 homers between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016.

Goodrum, Minnesota's second-round pick in 2010, made his Major League debut in September after eight years in the Minors. He hit .265/.309/.425 with 13 homers and 66 RBIs while mostly splitting time between shortstop and right field at Triple-A in 2017. Goodrum went 1-for-17 in 11 games with the Twins.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.