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Updated: May 2nd, 2010 9:50am
Neshek to DL, Mauer out longer?

Neshek to DL, Mauer out longer?

by Phil Mackey
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Appearing on 1500 ESPN this morning, manager Ron Gardenhire announced right-hander Pat Neshek (inflammation in right middle finger) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Gardenhire also said Joe Mauer's heel injury could keep him out week-to-week, rather than day-to-day as originally ancticipated. If Mauer is forced to go on the DL, Wilson Ramos -- who bats eighth in his major league debut today -- will be the starting catcher, with Drew Butera remaining the backup.

Regarding Neshek, Gardenhire hinted on 1500 ESPN last Friday that he could be in line for a stint at class-AAA Rochester, so clearly the Twins have been thinking about making a roster move for a few days.

Neshek has allowed only two hits, two walks and two runs in 4 1/3 innings this season, but his fastball currently tops out in the mid-80's, and he's struggled with command ever since injuring the finger.

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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