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Updated: September 1st, 2010 6:07pm
Notebook: Kubel, Hudson, Thome and Fuentes are all considered day-to-day

Notebook: Kubel, Hudson, Thome and Fuentes are all considered day-to-day

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Following Tuesday's barrage of injury developments, the Minnesota Twins avoided any disastrous news on Wednesday, relatively speaking.

Jason Kubel (hit by pitch on left wrist) had an X-ray that showed no breaks, just a considerable amount of swelling. Kubel said the wrist feels better Wednesday than it did on Tuesday, but he's still at least a day or two away from picking up a bat. He's day-to-day.

Brian Fuentes (back) is unlikely to pitch in the Detroit series. Day-to-day.

Jim Thome (back) was originally penciled in as the designated hitter for Wednesday night's game, but his back locked up during a pre-game jog. Thome was scratched for Jose Morales. And yep, he's day-to-day.

Orlando Hudson (ankle) had an MRI that showed some inflammation, but nothing serious. He is considered day-to-day as well.

"He's going to say he's fine," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I've already figured that part out. So I'm going to have to see that he's fine. I'm going to have to see him run out there and take groundballs without grimacing and all those things. I've already heard the part where, 'I'm fine, I'm ready to go.' He said that again (Wednesday)... I've already know that part, that what he wants to do is play. He wants to play. But I want to make sure he can make the plays before we do."

In the meantime, Alexi Casilla is likely to start at second base until further notice.


* When asked in early August who his backup first baseman was, Gardenhire quipped, "What, are you guys trying to scare me? Is there something wrong with Michael Cuddyer?"

On Wednesday, when asked again who his backup first baseman is, Gardenhire said catcher Jose Morales.

"He plays in winter ball all the time," Gardenhire said, "and probably when he was 12, 13 (years old). That's what they all tell me. 'I played when I was little.' But yeah, he's played in winter ball... And he's played some down in the minor leagues."

Morales has never actually appeared at first base in a minor league game, but we'll assume he's taken grounders there at one point or another.

* Heading into Wednesday night's game, Joe Mauer currently has 41 doubles, which puts him on pace for 50 on the season. That would break the Twins all-time record of 47, set by Justin Morneau in 2008, as well as the all-time record for catchers of 47, set by Ivan Rodriguez in 1996.

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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