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Updated: June 15th, 2010 5:21pm
Orlando Hudson still can't swing left-handed, likely will miss series

Orlando Hudson still can't swing left-handed, likely will miss series

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Second baseman Orlando Hudson still can't swing left-handed and seems unlikely to be activated at any point during the Minnesota Twins' series against Colorado.

Hudson -- who hasn't played since bruising his surgically repaired wrist in a collision with teammate Denard Span on May 30 -- said over the weekend he expected to be activated on Tuesday, when he was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.

"I know he wants to be activated," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Says he can play late-inning defense, but you just can't have a roster full of late-inning defense."

Hudson did take right-handed swings and played catch before Tuesday's opener against the Rockies, who will start three right-handed pitchers in the series.

Asked whether Hudson might have been activated if the team faced a lefty, Gardenhire said, "No, he can't swing left-handed, so it doesn't matter. I need him healthy. ... We need him for the rest of the season, not for the next couple days."

Matt Tolbert once again is filling Hudson's shoes at second base and the No. 2 spot in the batting order despite his struggles at the plate. He's hitting .152 entering the series and .143 from the left side of the plate.

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* Gardenhire had no update on SS J.J. Hardy (wrist). "He's rehabbing," Gardenhire said. "He's got awhile on the DL. He's day to day. No swings, none of that. He'll be awhile."

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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