More pregame tidbits: Casilla, Cuddyer, Everett

Posted on July 30th, 2008 – 6:17 PM
By Joe Christensen

OK, let’s try this again.

Gardy gathered the media for his pregame session and stressed that no decision has been made about Alexi Casilla having surgery to repair the torn ligament in his right thumb.

“So you can unblog your blogs,” Gardenhire said.

Fair enough. The decision will be made once hand specialist Tom Varecka views the results of Casilla’s MRI exam on Thursday. Casilla is still on record saying, “I’m going to do surgery for sure.”

(*) Michael Cuddyer said there is no timetable for when he will go on his rehab assignment. But he took a nice step today when he took batting practice on the field.

The knuckle on his left index finger no longer hurts, but the hand feels sore and weak after not using it for almost five weeks.

(*) Adam Everett will be used at shortstop and perhaps some second base, Gardy said.

His right shoulder “feels good,” Everett said. “Is it 100 percent? Is anybody ever 100 percent this time of year? It feels 100 times better, I can tell you that.”

(*) No big news on the trade front, but we’re monitoring that. La Velle has been working a few angles and will have an update later.

Update (7:35 p.m.): The Yankees are close to trading LaTroy Hawkins to Houston. Jayson Stark is reporting that, and La Velle heard the same thing. So there goes that.

White Sox (59-46)

1. Orlando Cabrera, SS

2. A.J. Pierzynski, C

3. Carlos Quentin, LF

4. Jermaine Dye, RF

5. Jim Thome, DH

6. Paul Konerko, 1B

7. Nick Swisher, CF

8. Alexei Ramirez, 2B

9. Josh Fields, 3B

Starting pitcher: RH Gavin Floyd

Twins (59-47)

1. Denard Span, RF

2. Nick Punto, 2B

3. Joe Mauer, C

4. Justin Morneau, 1B

5. Jason Kubel, DH

6. Delmon Young, LF

7. Brian Buscher, 3B

8. Brendan Harris, SS

9. Carlos Gomez, CF

Starting pitcher: RH Livan Hernandez

Metrodome. First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

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