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Updated: April 29th, 2010 12:18pm
Bumps and bruises adding up

Bumps and bruises adding up

by Tom Pelissero
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Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is giving shortstop J.J. Hardy the day off today because of turf toe -- the latest injury to hit the starting lineup, as it often does a month into the season.

The top of the batting order, with center fielder Denard Span and second baseman Orlando Hudson, is healthy and hasn't missed a start. But look at the rest of the every-day lineup:

3. C Joe Mauer (swollen right toe, not playing today)
4. 1B Justin Morneau (stiff back, hasn't played since leaving Wednesday's game)
5. RF Michael Cuddyer (healthy)
6. DH Jason Kubel/Jim Thome (healthy)
7. RF Delmon Young (healthy)
8. SS J.J. Hardy (turf toe, not starting today but is available)
9. 3B Nick Punto (15-day DL, right hip flexor tendon; expected to be activated Saturday)

That's without mentioning the sore elbow that's bothered starting pitcher Nick Blackburn in four uneven starts and multiple setbacks in the bullpen.

None of the new injuries is considered significant, and the good news for the Twins is no key players have missed extended time yet.

But it's also safe to say Gardenhire wishes the team had another day before May 10 -- still 11 days away.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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