By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins infielder Nick Punto has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and the club has recalled infielder Matt Tolbert from Triple-A Rochester to take his spot on the roster.
The move comes just three days after Punto came off the DL for the same injury.
Punto re-injured his hamstring during Thursday night’s game against the White Sox. It initially appeared that Punto dived into second base while trying to break up a double play. But manager Ron Gardenhire said after the game that Punto didn’t actually attempt a dive but rather fell into the base after he “blew out” the muscle while running to second base.
Tolbert is batting .283 in 42 games with the Red Wings. In 23 games with
the Twins this season, Tolbert is batting .217.
By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said he is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list, after he tried to work out on Thursday morning but still felt some “fogginess” afterward.
Morneau, who has been out since suffering a concussion on Wed., July 7 in a game at Toronto, did say that he was encouraged by how he’s felt in recent days. He said that he’s been progressively feeling better before his slight setback and he’s encouraged by that.
But Morneau isn’t sure whether or not he’ll be ready to play in 3 or 4 days, so he thinks the club will likely make a move to put him on the DL to add another player as they face the White Sox this weekend. Morneau would be eligible to return from the DL on July 23.
“You don’t want the guys to play short-handed for too long,” Morneau said. “That’s where we are at today. Who knows if it will be good in 3-4 days but playing a big series like this you don’t want to be short-handed when you need that extra guy sometimes.”
Matt Tolbert (bruised right middle finger) is eligible to come off the DL on Friday so that will likely be the roster move.
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Sorry for the lack of blogging yesterday. It was one of those crazy days on the job where I had a lot of stories to get done and not enough time to add blogging into the mix. So my apologies and I’ll try not to let it happen again when I’m on game coverage.
OK, back to baseball. Jason Kubel gets the start in right field today as Joe Mauer is slotted in as the DH. Kubel’s numbers against Indians starter Fausto Carmona are likely a big reason that he’s in the lineup. Kubel is 8-for-18 (.444) vs. Carmona with two RBIs.
Alexi Casilla also gets a day off as manager Ron Gardenhire wanted to give Matt Tolbert a chance to try out some swing adjustments in a game. Tolbert has been working hard on his swing of late and this seemed the right time to give him a shot to see if those changes will help.
As for Michael Cuddyer, the soreness in his strained right index finger is moving from the knuckle to the palm of his hand. Gardenhire said he’s been told that it’s a good sign that the soreness is moving in that direction. Cuddyer was going to try to swing today and see how that goes.
And here are today’s lineups:
Ben Francisco, RF
Jamey Carroll, 3B
Victor Martinez, C
Shin-Soo Choo, LF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Mark DeRosa, DH
Chris Gimenez, 1B
Trevor Crowe, CF
Luis Valbuena, 2B
Pitching: Fausto Carmona, RHP
Denard Span, LF
Joe Mauer, DH
Justin Morneau, 1B
Jason Kubel, RF
Joe Crede, 3B
Brendan Harris, SS
Mike Redmond, C
Carlos Gomez, CF
Matt Tolbert, 2B
Pitching: Scott Baker, RHP
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