By La Velle
It’s a day Ron Gardenhire should have filled out the lineup card in pencil.
Infielder Matt Tolbert is likely headed to the DL after injuring a thumb when he dove into first base on the last play of Thursday’s game. The Twins are trying to figure out whom to call up from the minors to replace him on the roster.
[9:17 update]: It’s official, Tolbert has torn a ligament in his thumb and has been placed on the 15-day DL. The Twins have purchased the contract of veteran minor leaguer Howie Clark. Young baseball players, please don’t dive into first base.
Back to regular programming….
Luke Hughes, the hot-hitting infielder at Class AA New Britain, would have been an option but just came off the DL with a hamstring strain but still isn’t 100 percent.
And there’s word that Joe Mauer may have strained his neck during early BP here at Coors Field. It’s unclear if he’ll be scratched from the lineup or not. Stay tuned.
[6:34 Update]: Yes, Mauer strained his neck during early B.P. There was initial concern that he would be scratched from the lineup, but Mauer indicated that he can play.
[6:36 Update] Matt Holliday has been scratched because of a lower back issue. That stinks. I wanted to see him play. He’s listed as day-to-day.
(Pause to wipe brow)
Whew, O.K. Here are the lineups…
Twins (20-20): 1. Carlos Gomez, CF. 2. Brendan Harris, 2B. 3. Joe Mauer, C. 4. Justin Morneau, 1B. 5. Michael Cuddyer, RF. 6. Delmon Young, LF. 7. Mike Lamb, 3B. 8. Adam Everett, SS. 9. Nick Blackburn, P.
Rockies (15-26): 1. Willy Taveras, CF. 2. Clint Barmes, SS. 3. Ryan Spillborghs, LF. 4. Todd Helton, 1B. 5. Garrett Atkins, 3B. 6. Brad Hawpe, RF. 7. Jeff Baker, 2B. 8. Yorvit Torrealba, C. 9. Ubaldo Jimenez, P.