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Updated: August 27th, 2013 10:47pm
Oswaldo Arcia still battling wrist, hand injuries, Twins want truth

Oswaldo Arcia still battling wrist, hand injuries, Twins want truth

by Brandon Warne
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Wrist and hand woes have limited outfielder Oswaldo Arcia to just one game since August 19. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his one appearance, and the injuries have kept the left-handed slugger from swinging the bat the way the Twins feel he's capable of.

"No. He's not OK," Gardenhire said when asked if he felt Arcia was good to go. "He told me his hand was hurting. His hand is definitely hurting when he swings -- sharp pain. I told him we're going to get this straightened out."

There's certainly a barrier to be broken between manager and player here, as Arcia is worried about missing time and not wanting to disappoint his teammates and coaches.

"He says he's fine, but he's not fine," Gardenhire noted." We can see it in the way he swings. It's just not a good swing. I just wanted him to know it's not like we're mad at him. If you're hurt, you're hurt. You just have to be honest with us and tell us."

Ultimately, the Twins are going to be cautious with Arcia, as he factors largely into the club's future plans. "He wants to play," Gardenhire said. "He's a big part of our future, and we don't want to see him do something silly."

The Twins aren't ruling out putting Arcia on the disabled list, but that would likely mean recalling a player from Triple-A, where the Rochester club is competing with more on the line. That makes a potential move more prohibitive now than earlier in the year.

"We're so close to the first [of September] where we could make a move," Gardenhire said. "They're in a playoff race...but I won't rule it out. The trainers will talk to [Terry] Ryan and see where we're at. We'd think about it. The timing's kind of weird. We'll see how it turns out."

NOTE

The Royals announced that they'd be juggling their rotation for the final two games for the series, slotting left-hander Danny Duffy in Wednesday and moving Bruce Chen from Wednesday to Thursday. That means bumping struggling right-hander Wade Davis (6-10, 5.67 ERA) from the rotation this series.

Brandon Warne covers the Minnesota Twins for 1500ESPN.com. He has also contributed as a baseball analyst for Fangraphs.com and BaseballProspectus.com
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