By Joe Christensen
The Twins will try for their 11th win in a row tonight.
Joe Mauer is back in the lineup, but Alexi Casilla won’t start, and Michael Cuddyer is getting a break.
Updates to come…
Update (4:15 p.m.): Cuddyer has an injured left index finger. He will see team orthopedist Dan Buss before tonight’s game but is not taking batting practice and not expected to play.
Cuddyer said he has been dealing with the injury for two weeks, though this is the worst the finger has felt. The training staff believes he has an inflamed tendon.
This is not the same finger that Cuddyer injured in April. That was his right index finger.
Cuddyer’s pain was evident in his final at-bat Friday, though he did deliver a single.
* Casilla said he hoped to play tonight but woke up with more swelling in his injured finger than he expected.
“I know I’m going to play [Sunday],” Casilla said.
Update (4:30 p.m.): I hope to have a better update after Dr. Buss gets done checking on Cuddyer. For now, Cuddyer isn’t sure if he’ll have an MRI.
He said the finger hurts, even when he’s not bending it. But he can bend it, and he noted that he wouldn’t be able to bend the finger if the tendon was torn. So it could just be inflammation.
“I’ve definitely been dealing with it the past couple weeks, but it never was as bad as it was today,” Cuddyer said. “It’s just been sore. Today, I can’t play with it.”
Update (4:55 p.m.): Manager Ron Gardenhire said: “[Cuddyer] can’t swing. Tried some swings, and he keeps flying off all the time. So that’s not good news. The way I understand it right now, it’s day-to-day.
“That’s what they think it is, an inflamed tendon in his index finger that runs right down through the middle of his hand. He can’t grip the bat, so that doesn’t bode well for playing baseball.”
Update (6:10 p.m.): Dr. Dan Buss diagnosed Cuddyer with a strained tendon in the left index finger, and Cuddyer will be re-evaluated on Sunday. For now, there are no plans for an MRI exam. Cuddyer is still day-to-day.
1. Rickie Weeks, 2B
2. J.J. Hardy, SS
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Prince Fielder, DH
5. Corey Hart, RF
6. Russell Branyan, 1B
7. Bill Hall, 3B
8. Mike Cameron, CF
9. Jason Kendall, C
Starting pitcher: LH Manny Parra
1. Carlos Gomez, CF
2. Nick Punto, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Craig Monroe, DH
6. Jason Kubel, RF
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Brian Buscher, 3B
9. Brendan Harris, SS
Starting pitcher: RH Livan Hernandez
Metrodome. First pitch: 6:10 p.m.