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Updated: April 27th, 2011 4:42pm
Notebook: Delmon Young, Jim Thome sidelined; Carl Pavano bumped

Notebook: Delmon Young, Jim Thome sidelined; Carl Pavano bumped

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sidelined since April 18 with flu symptoms and sore ribs, Minnesota Twins outfielder Delmon Young was penciled in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

But after taking batting practice, Young told manager Ron Gardenhire he wasn't able to get loose.
Young was replaced in the lineup by second baseman Matt Tolbert. Luke Hughes shifted from second base to first base, Michael Cuddyer from first base to right field, and Jason Kubel from right field to left field.

To make matters worse, Gardenhire announced that designated hitter Jim Thome is temporarily sidelined with a mild oblique strained, and outfielder Jason Repko is nursing a strained quadriceps.

"He's day-to-day right now," Gardenhire said of Thome.

"We can play (Repko). Thome is a little more iffy. He did it on his last swing in the last game we played."

Backup catcher Steve Holm was the only healthy bench player for the Twins prior to Wednesday's game.

Gardenhire said last Friday that if Young's ribs didn't show improvement within 24 hours that the team would be forced to place him on the disabled list, but the slugger took batting practice later that day without any ill effects. He was originally set to rejoin the lineup on Tuesday, but that game was rained out.

Despite the fact that young Young was hitting just .228/.286/.281 with zero home runs and six RBIs prior to going down, the Twins could certainly use his bat. Even with a 10-run outburst against the Indians last weekend, the Twins have scored the fewest runs (71) of any team in the American League.

Pavano latest flu victim

The Twins apparently can't kick this flu bug.

Right-hander Carl Pavano is the latest flu victim, and he will have his next start pushed back from Saturday to Sunday in Kansas City.

That leaves an open rotation spot for sometime between Thursday and Saturday.

"We're going to try to work it in where we'll have a guy start Friday night's game," Gardenhire said. "Probably (Eric) Hacker."

In that scenario, Nick Blackburn would pitch the first game of Thursday's doubleheader and Hacker the second game, with Scott Baker being bumped to Friday and Brian Duensing to Saturday.

Hacker, who was called up on April 18 to replace right-hander Alex Burnett, has appeared in one game for the Twins, throwing two scoreless innings against Baltimore on April 19.

Prior to being called up, Hacker, 28, pitched 11 scoreless innings for Triple-A Rochester, allowing only four hits and zero walks while striking out 10.

Update: Hacker was forced to pitch on Wednesday night in relief of Francisco Liriano, which means he is likely unavailable to start on Thursday or Friday.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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