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Updated: September 4th, 2011 1:12pm
Twins to select contracts of Kyle Waldrop, Brian Dinkelman on Monday

Twins to select contracts of Kyle Waldrop, Brian Dinkelman on Monday

by Tom Pelissero
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Kyle Waldrop finally is going to get his shot in the big leagues.

The Minnesota Twins announced early Sunday afternoon they will select the contracts of Waldrop and infielder/outfielder Brian Dinkelman, putting both on the 40-man roster in time for Monday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.

Waldrop, 25, was the Twins' first-round pick (25th overall) in 2004. He has been in the minor-league system ever since and spent the past two seasons at Triple-A Rochester, where he was 5-5 with a 3.87 earned-run average, 44 strikeouts and 18 walks in 79 innings over 56 appearances this season.

Dinkelman, 27, was hitting .243/.316/.324 at Rochester. He had four hits and two RBIs in 14 at-bats during a brief stint with the Twins earlier this season.

The Twins already had one spot on the 40-man roster open. They freed up another by transferring right-hander Nick Blackburn (right forearm strain) to the 60-day disabled list and will have to clear another spot by Tuesday, when right-hander Liam Hendrix's contract will be selected in time to start against the White Sox.

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