Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 18 hours ago

Schafer is out of the lineup Saturday, the Star Tribune's LaVelle E. Neal reports.

Ideally Schafer would be a fourth outfielder on a contending team, but on the Twins he occupies the strong side of a center field platoon. He heads to the bench Saturday with lefty James Paxton pitching for the Mariners and will be replaced in center field by Shane Robinson.

Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 5 days ago

Schafer is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals, LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune reports.

With the Twins facing Royals lefty Jason Vargas, Schafer will give way to Shane Robinson, who has been getting most of the playing time against southpaws. While Twins manager Paul Molitor said it isn't a strict platoon situation, Schafer hasn't done himself any favors with a slow start.

Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 1 week ago

Schafer is not in Sunday's lineup against Cleveland, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Schafer will sit against a lefty starter with right-handed hitter Shane Robinson getting the start. Manager Paul Molitor has said center field won't be a strict platoon, but Schafer's early struggles (hitting .143) could open more playing time for Robinson.

Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 1 week ago

Schafer is not in the starting lineup Thursday, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.

He will sit with a lefty on the mound, and Shane Robinson will get the start in center field. Everybody knows Schafer can run, but he has not been getting on base much in the early going (.182 OBP), which is why he has zero steals through 22 at-bats. Over that stretch he has eight strikeouts and zero walks, which is not a good recipe for a player with a fringe-average hit tool to compile steals.

Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 2 weeks ago

Schafer went 1-for-5 with a pair of RBI in the Twins' win over the White Sox on Friday.

With four games in the books, Schafer has started each time out for the Twins, manning center field and batting ninth. He's gone 3-for-13 in the tiny sample, and still waiting to attempt his first stolen base of the season.

Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 1 month ago

Schafer appears set to win the starting center field job with Aaron Hicks sent to Triple-A, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

It's possible that Schafer could platoon with Shane Robinson. It's also possible the Twins could acquire a veteran cut by another team late in spring training as the team doesn't seem happy about the position. However, Schafer looks set for an increase in expected playing time in almost any scenario with Hick's demotion.

Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 1 month ago

Schafer is hitting just .231 (3-for-13) this spring but remains in the running for the starting center field job, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Schafer is battling Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario for the job. Hicks is hitting .357 (5-for-14), but has made several mental lapses on the basepaths. Rosario is a late addition to the competition, but he hasn't played above Double-A. As a result, Schafer could begin the season with the job or in a platoon with Hicks (as Hicks struggles against right-handed pitchers). Even if he doesn't win the job, Schafer should make the roster and would have value as a reserve outfielder with his ability to steal bases.

Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 3 months ago

Schafer agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FOX Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.

Schafer was an afterthought while with the Braves last season, logging just 80 at-bats in 63 games over the first four months of the season. The 28-year-old was given a chance at regular time after joining the Twins on a waiver claim in August, and he made the most of the opportunity, batting .285/.345/.362 with 15 steals (20 attempts) in 41 games. A starting role to begin 2015 is still by no means guaranteed, but Schafer should compete for the job in center during spring training.

Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 7 months ago

Schafer (elbow) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger.

Schafer will sit out for the fifth straight game as the regular season comes to a close Chris Herrmann will get the nod in left field once again in Schafer's place.

Jordan Schafer LF/CF MIN 7 months ago

Schafer (elbow) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Schafer's elbow is not believed to be serious, but he is apparently still too sore to play. Chris Herrmann will get another start in left field in Schafer's place.