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Updated: June 18th, 2011 9:23pm
Danny Valencia day-to-day with arm strain: 'It felt really weird'

Danny Valencia day-to-day with arm strain: 'It felt really weird'

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The one starting position player who has managed to stay healthy throughout the Minnesota Twins' injury-plagued season finally got nicked up.

Third baseman Danny Valencia left Saturday's 1-0 win over San Diego after straining a muscle in his throwing arm in the eighth inning.

However, Valencia told reporters he is "going to come prepared to play" in Sunday's series finale.

"I told them, 'I think I could probably go back out there. I'd be all right,'" Valencia said. "But when it first happened, it really bothered me, because I've never felt anything like that before."

Manager Ron Gardenhire said the injury occurred when Valencia bobbled Alberto Gonzalez's grounder, collected the ball in the air and then spun around to whip a throw to first.

Valencia, whose solo homer provided the game's only run, "said he strained something in (his right) bicep or tricep," Gardenhire said. "He said he was going to hit, but he didn't know how (he could play defense). He went in the cage. He tried to throw some. He still felt it. So, that's a day-to-dayer."

Matt Tolbert replaced Valencia at third base for the ninth inning. Luke Hughes presumably would take over the starting job if Valencia misses time.

"It didn't really hurt-hurt, but it felt really weird," Valencia said. "I've never felt that like that before, and it's something that (on Sunday) hopefully, it'll feel better than it does right now."

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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