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Updated: May 25th, 2010 4:10pm
J.J. Hardy back in the starting lineup

J.J. Hardy back in the starting lineup

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- J.J. Hardy, who was sidelined for three weeks with a bone bruise in his left wrist, is back in the lineup tonight. He will bat eighth and play shortstop.

SS Trevor Plouffe appears to be the odd man out, as he is not listed as an available player tonight, but the Twins have not officially announced a roster move. The plan was to let Hardy participate in pre-game warm-ups as a final test.

Update: Manager Ron Gardenhire announced that Hardy is officially activated, and Plouffe will be sent back to Class-AAA Rochester.

Hardy took batting practice more than three hours before first pitch, and he said the wrist, "feels good."

Hardy reported some soreness over the weekend, but said the pain was tolerable, and the chances of doing any further damage by playing through it are slim.

"It hasn't been getting worse, and the last three days I've been pretty much trying to hurt it, and it's not getting hurt, so it's comforting that I think it's healed all the way.

"It's something where the more I do, the more it gets tired. If I were going to take 10 swings in a row it starts to get a little bit tired toward the end, but the chances of me taking 10 swings back-to-back-to-back in a game are slim to none.

"Obviously I need to really pay attention not to put my hand down if I slide tonight, but other than that I feel like there's going to be no problem."

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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