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Updated: June 8th, 2010 3:35pm
Orlando Hudson placed on DL; J.J. Hardy gets cortisone shot

Orlando Hudson placed on DL; J.J. Hardy gets cortisone shot

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson isn't in the early lineup for tonight's series opener against Kansas City and seems likely to land on the 15-day disabled list.

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: Manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Hudson has been placed on the DL to make room for Michael Cuddyer, who will be reinstated from the bereavement list in time to play tonight. The decision was made after the doctor who performed Hudson's wrist surgery last year examined him and recommended additional rest.

Matt Tolbert once again is starting in place of Hudson -- who hasn't played since injuring his left wrist in a collision with center fielder Denard Span on May 30 -- at second base.

Danny Valencia is in the lineup at third base, with Nick Punto at shortstop in place of J.J. Hardy (left wrist), who also is a candidate for the DL but would miss a week more than Hudson because he pinch ran over the weekend.

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: According to Gardenhire, Hardy had a cortisone shot, and the team will give him until Thursday to show the shot worked. The other option would be to immobilize Hardy's wrist for 10 days and place him on the DL -- which the Twins will do if the shot doesn't work.

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