By Joe Christensen
Alexi Casilla returns to the lineup today and Michael Cuddyer will have the strained tendon in his left index finger examined by doctors this morning.
On his Sunday radio show, Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire told KSTP AM-1500 that Mike Lamb will get the start at DH. Updates to come, but here’s the lineup, as Gardy relayed it to Reusse and Souhan:
Update (12 p.m.): It sounds like Cuddyer is heading to the DL. Gardy said Cuddyer’s injured finger feels the same as yesterday. In other words, no improvement. Gardy still needed to meet with GM Bill Smith, but it sounds like Cuddyer will go on the DL and the Twins will recall Denard Span.
Might get another update on Cuddyer before the game, after he meets with the doctor again. Otherwise, a move could be announced after the game.
“It looks like probably a DL,” Gardenhire said. “His hand is no better today. He’s pretty frustrated. But we still need to let the doctors look at him.”
Update (12:05 p.m.): MLB has sent the final All-Star voting update before the teams are announced next Sunday. From the press release:
Many of the American League races will hinge on the final days of balloting for the 79th All-Star Game, which will be played on Tuesday, July 15th at Yankee Stadium. Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, Boston Red Sox teammates Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia and Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who is vying for the third starting outfield slot, cling to tight leads.
Mauer (1,632,338 votes), who has an edge for the second straight week, leads Boston’s Jason Varitek (1,487,390) by less than 145,000 votes. On the right side of the infield, the pair of Red Sox continues to hang on in their bids to make their Midsummer Classic debuts; Youkilis (1,915,376) is in front of Minnesota’s Justin Morneau (1,641,467) at first base and Pedroia (1,669,216) is outpacing Ian Kinsler (1,485,530) of the Texas Rangers at second.
Update (1:35 p.m.): Denard Span was pulled from Class AAA Rochester’s game today in the third inning and congratulated on his promotion to the big leagues. Looks like the roster move will happen after today’s Twins game.
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: RH Ben Sheets
1. Carlos Gomez, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, RF
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Brian Buscher, 3B
8. Brendan Harris, SS
9. Mike Lamb, DH
Starting pitcher: RH Kevin Slowey
Metrodome. First pitch: 1:10 p.m.