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Updated: July 28th, 2011 1:01pm
Matt Tolbert starting in place of Alexi Casilla, who is DL-bound

Matt Tolbert starting in place of Alexi Casilla, who is DL-bound

by Phil Mackey
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Minnesota Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla pulled up lame in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers, and an MRI Thursday showed a significant enough strain that the team plans to place him on the 15-day disabled list.

A team source indicated early Thursday afternoon that infielder Matt Tolbert was on a flight from Triple-A Rochester to Texas in case Casilla can't play.

A short time later, the Twins confirmed Tolbert has been added to the roster and reliever Chuck James optioned to Triple-A. The Twins had been carrying 13 pitches on the roster.

It was not immediately clear who the Twins planned to call up in place of Casilla. Because Luke Hughes hasn't spent the mandatory 10 days at Triple-A since his demotion, it's likely outfielder Rene Tosoni would be the guy, should the Twins decide to keep 13 position players.

Casilla is hitting .259/.322/.369 with 15 stolen bases this season, and he's been one of the Twins' most reliable players since the middle of May.

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