Injuries to Fuld, Hicks leave Twins extra thin at center field
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Fuld flew to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist. That's another blow to a position at which the Twins are remarkably thin.
Fuld has been on the disabled list for nearly three weeks with a concussion. The Twins were out of true center field options Wednesday, when Aaron Hicks was scratched from the lineup.
Hicks was scratched during batting practice after reporting feeling a tweak in his back, assistant GM Rob Antony said before Wednesday's game. Antony said he didn't know if it was related to the catch Hicks made Tuesday to rob a home run. The Twins are hopeful it's no more than a back spasm, but Hicks will be evaluated by the team doctors, Antony said.
Fuld is expected back in Minneapolis tomorrow.
In the meantime, Danny Santana started in center for the Twins. The next option on the active roster, presumably, would be Eduardo Escobar. The Twins finally have a few outfielders healthy, but Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia and Jason Kubel don't profile as center fielders. Then again, desperate times may call for desperate measures.
Eric Farris, who is not on the 40-man roster has played a lot of center field for Triple-A Rochester. The Twins said they also plan to play Chris Herrmann, who was recently demoted, in center on occasion for the Red Wings.