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Updated: June 10th, 2010 5:20pm
Pregame notes: Hardy's wrist feeling better, but no decision yet on status

Pregame notes: Hardy's wrist feeling better, but no decision yet on status

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortstop J.J. Hardy was scheduled to be examined by the Minnesota Twins' medical staff at 6 p.m. today to determine whether his ailing left wrist has made enough progress for him to stay on the active roster.

Hardy -- who already has spent one stint on the 15-day disabled list with the bone bruise he originally sustained on May 4 -- had a cortisone shot on Tuesday in an attempt to combat increasing soreness throughout the wrist.

"It's better today, two days after the shot," Hardy said this afternoon. "Just moved it around -- I haven't swung or anything yet. ... All that soreness is gone now. It's just a matter of the bone bruise. We're going to see how that feels."

Manager Ron Gardenhire has declined to set a timetable for determining when a roster move would be necessary. But he made clear this afternoon the team is proceeding with caution -- seemingly indicating the odds are good Hardy will return to the DL.

If that happens, Trevor Plouffe most likely would be recalled from Class-AAA Rochester to take Hardy's place.

"We really don't want to have to play through it," Gardenhire said of Hardy's injury, which flared up again on the Twins' West Coast road swing last week.

"If it's not healed, then let's shut him down for a couple of weeks and go from there, get him healed. We've got a lot of season left -- that's the important thing, and that's what we're going to talk about."

Said Hardy, "I don't want to be back here doing this again 15 days from now. So, it's a big step obviously. I'll do everything I can -- I've been doing everything I can to get back out there, and it's not cooperating with me."

CONDREY GETTING CLOSE
Reliever Clay Condrey, who has missed the entire season with an elbow injury, threw a simulated game in the bullpen.

Barring a setback, the next move is to send him to extended spring training in Florida, where he can face live hitters.

"It's kind of a tough time because of all the draft guys coming in and organizing all the new players coming in," Gardenhire said. "But I'm sure we can work it in where he can face some hitters and stuff like that."

QUICK HITS
* Twins pitchers took pregame batting practice and worked on baserunning in preparation for the streak of nine consecutive interleague road games that begins June 18 at Philadelphia. "They got their bunts down, they got some baserunning and they swung good," Gardenhire said. "They were all a little leery going in and as soon as they started swinging, they got real goosy, like they always do, and they hit the ball pretty good."

* 2B Orlando Hudson (wrist) continues to go through rehab workouts and isn't expected to take swings in the batting cage until Saturday or Sunday.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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