Alex Meyer's MRI clean; 'I don't think anybody thought it was serious'
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have managed to stay relatively healthy in 2013 -- at least relative to the past couple seasons -- but the injury bug has started nibbling at the active roster a bit of late.
Here's the lowdown on a few of the current injury situations:
• Prized pitching prospect Alex Meyer (shoulder) is just fine, according to general manager Terry Ryan. "He's just got some shoulder discomfort," Ryan said. "The good thing is we had him seen, and they did an MRI on him today, and he's fine. We'll wait a while before we crank him back up. I don't think anybody thought it was serious, but we wanted to be sure."
• Trevor Plouffe (strained left calf) left the game after six innings in Tuesday's game at Triple-A Rochester, but that was by design, according to Ryan. Plouffe went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in his second game on his rehab stint. Perhaps more importantly, Plouffe played third base after DH'ing in his first game back.
Plouffe hasn't played for the Twins since May 21 at Atlanta, when he suffered a concussion in a collision with Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. Plouffe injured himself a second time -- merely hours after he was activated from the seven-day concussion DL -- but should be ready to come back when he's eligible this weekend.
• Wilkin Ramirez (concussion) continues to make strides, but is without a definite timeline. Ramirez last appeared in a game on May 25 at Detroit, and it's still not entirely clear if he'll go on a rehab stint.
"I never worry about rehab assignments until someone tells me a player is ready to begin baseball activities," Ryan said. "(Ramirez) hasn't done any activities until prior to today. He's making steady progress. I visited with him quite a bit while the team was gone. He was doing pretty good on Sunday morning. Now he's hitting off a tee and working up a sweat. He's making strides."
• The Twins are still not entirely clear how long Aaron Hicks (hamstring) will be on the shelf. "It's really too early to guess on things like that," skipper Ron Gardenhire said, while downplaying his medical chops. "I know he's got a hamstring, and that's as far as I get with it."
Ryan took a more optimistic approach. "I think it'll be a 15-day ordeal," Ryan noted. "I haven't been told it'll be anything more than that. But it's just a day-and-a-half out, so we'll see how it goes. You have to be careful with hamstrings. He's a young kid, but he makes his living playing centerfield, and is a speed-oriented guy. We'll make sure he's healthy."
The Twins will roll with Clete Thomas as the primary centerfielder in the interim. "We expect him to go out there and make all the plays. He's got to cover some ground with (Ryan) Doumit and (Oswaldo) Arcia out there," Gardenhire joked.
• Two relievers have the red light for Tuesday night's game. Ryan Pressly (shoulder) threw a bullpen and reported no issues, and should be available for Wednesday's game. Set-up man Jared Burton (groin) is a bit further off. Gardenhire didn't elaborate more than to say that Burton is a little sore and day-to-day, except to say that he was definitely not available for Tuesday night's game.
• And finally, Oswaldo Arcia has arrived in the Twin Cities fully healthy. Ryan had hoped that would be inferred by Arcia being slotted in the lineup in left field, but the left-handed hitting slugger hadn't played much outfield since his demotion.
"I would not have brought him up here if I didn't think he was healthy," Ryan said. "I talked to (Rochester manager) Gene Glynn, and he said he's fine. If we had a pure centerfielder down there, we'd have considered that. But we're looking for some offensive punch. He has a chance to give us an at bat when he's up there."