Twins-Rays: Cuddyer leaves game with strained finger

Posted on May 31st, 2009 – 8:46 AM
By La Velle

Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer left Sunday’s game after striking out in the second inning. We’ll update his condition as soon as it becomes available. 

Update: Cuddyer has a right index finger injury. He has been taken for X-Rays.

Update: X-Rays didn’t reveal anything major. Cuddyer has a strained right index finger and is considered day-to-day.

 Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will count healthy bodies in the clubhouse and cobble a lineup together. The Twins are wounded and can use all the help they can get to avoid getting swept for the fourth time this season.

 Joe Crede is expected to miss the game with a bruised left knee. Joe Mauer might not be able to even DH after the beating he took behind and at the plate yesterday.

They are losing game they really aren’t that far out of – although I’ll admit that David Price could have been 80 feet, 8 inches from the plate and still overpowered several hitters yesterday.

Ben Revere was named Twins minor league player of the week after going 11-for-22 with three steals in 6 games for Class A Fort Myers.

Check back here for lineups and more. Gardy’s weekly show on KSTP begins around 9:30 a.m.

Update (9:35): Yep, Gardy is stressing over his starting nine. “I can’t fill out a lineup,” he said, half jokingly.

Mauer just arrived at the clubhouse and is seeing how his body responds to stretching and whirlpool time. He raised his workout shorts to reveal big bruises on the inside of each thigh. He also took a shot on his right side yesterday and fouled a pitch off his leg.

“I feel like I’ve been playing paintball,” Mauer said. “I’m going to check on some things and might make a case to Gardy.”

If Mauer can’t play, Alexi Casilla will bat second.

Crede is definitely out.

Chances are that Carlos Gomez will get the nod over Delmon Young.

Glen Perkins will throw in the bullpen this morning then drive down to Fort Myers, Fla. for rehab work. He’s expected to pitch on Thursday in the first of two outings. So Anthony Swarzak will stick around for little while.

11:28 update: Just got back from the clubhouse. Long session with Gardy. 

 Lineups

Twins (24-27)

1. Deanrd Span, LF
2. Alexi Casilla,2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Bredan Harris, SS
7. Brian Buscher, 3B
8. Mike Redmond, C
9. Carlos Gomez, CF

Pitching: Nick Blackburn

Rays (25-27)

1. Ben Zobrist, 2B
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, DH
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Willy Aybar, 3B
6. Matt Joyce, CF
7. Gabe Gross, RF
8. Dioner Navaro, C
9. Reid Brignac, SS

Pitching: Matt Garza

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