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Updated: June 2nd, 2010 7:20pm
Michael Cuddyer headed to bereavement list, will miss 4 games

Michael Cuddyer headed to bereavement list, will miss 4 games

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins are down another starter on their West Coast road swing.

Right fielder Michael Cuddyer will be placed on the bereavement list and miss four games after the passing of his father-in-law, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters in Seattle tonight.

According to the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, Cuddyer will leave on Thursday and won't rejoin until Tuesday, when the Twins open a homestand against Kansas City. He is in the lineup for tonight's game against the Mariners.

The Twins have the ability to call someone up from Class-AAA Rochester in Cuddyer's absence.

In other news, both papers report infielder Alexi Casilla will undergo arthoscopic elbow surgery on Friday and miss four to six weeks.

And apparently Jon Rauch was the last pitcher Ken Griffey, Jr. will ever face. Griffey announced his retirement in a before tonight's game, saying in a statement that stepping away from baseball, "has been on my mind a lot lately," and adding:

"While I feel I am still able to make a contribution on the field, and nobody in the Mariners front office has asked me to retire, I told the Mariners when I met with them prior to the 2009 season and was invited back, that I will never allow myself to become a distraction. I feel that without enough occasional starts to be sharper coming off the bench, my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to my teammates, and their success as team is what the ultimate goal should be."

Phil Mackey also contributed to this report

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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