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Updated: March 18th, 2011 5:25pm
Michael Cuddyer 'still having some issues' with foot

Michael Cuddyer 'still having some issues' with foot

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer -- still healing after undergoing a procedure to remove a wart on his foot -- was tentatively scheduled to play in a minor-league game in Fort Myers on Friday.

But that plan was put on hold.

According to manager Ron Gardenhire, Cuddyer is "still having some issues around that part in his foot."

"It just don't allow him to get out there and run confident around the bases. He does his swinging and all that, and he gets by with it, but he still has some sore points around it, so just going to keep waiting for him."

Cuddyer flew to Minnesota on March 1 to have the wart removed, and he was originally expected to miss 7-14 days. The outfielder has been taking batting practice for the last week, but his maneuverability has been limited.

"We're trying to figure out something to put in his shoe to kind of soften the pounding a little bit, but nothing's worked yet," Gardenhire said.

With the regular season set to begin in less than two weeks, Cuddyer is the only regular yet to appear in a spring-training game now that Justin Morneau (concussion), Joe Mauer (knee) and Delmon Young (turf toe) have all made their returns.

"I still don't have any answers for you with how long it's going to take, how many at-bats," Gardenhire said when asked how much time Cuddyer needs to get ready for April 1.

"First we've go to get him where you can run. Then we'll worry about the other part once it comes. No one's more frustrated than Michael. But there's not a lot I can do about it, and I can't really gauge anything until we get him out there."

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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