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Updated: May 5th, 2010 11:07am
Pregame notes: J.J. Hardy has sore wrist, won't play today

Pregame notes: J.J. Hardy has sore wrist, won't play today

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- J.J. Hardy's big ninth inning was costly.

The Minnesota Twins' shortstop injured his left wrist sliding into third base on Tuesday night -- shortly before coming home on a wild pitch to seal a 4-3 victory over Detroit -- and will miss at least one game.

"Looking back, I didn't really feel it because of all the adrenaline and stuff," Hardy said this morning. "But it's pretty sore."

Hardy said the wrist isn't swollen, he doesn't expect to miss more than a couple of days and he doesn't even wanted to be counted out for Thursday's series opener against Baltimore. But he is getting treatment, and Alexi Casilla will make a rare start in his place today against the Tigers.

"He's going to miss a day or two," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll see how far that goes."

After recording hits in seven of his first nine big-league at-bats, C Wilson Ramos went 0-for-3 on Tuesday. But Gardenhire credited Ramos for calling another effective game behind the plate as RHP Nick Blackburn snapped out of his recent struggles.

In three games with Ramos at catcher, Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker and Blackburn all have pitched effectively in victories.

"It's about going over a plan and sticking with it," Gardenhire said. "He's done very, very well with that. He's not afraid to learn, and he doesn't get offended when, after an inning, you go over to him and say, 'Hey, you've got to be thinking this. This is what we're looking at here.' ... He listens and he's learning."

Before games and between innings, Ramos receives advice from fellow catchers Joe Mauer and Drew Butera, as well as coaches Steve Liddle and Rick Anderson. But Ramos, as young as he is, actually has plenty of catching street cred already.

"You've got to understand, this young man has caught in the World Baseball Classic," Gardenhire said. "He caught (Johan) Santana and guys like that, so I think he understands a little bit about (catching)."

* LHP Jose Mijares will join RHP Jeff Manship on a flight tonight to join Class-AAA Rochester. Manship was optioned on Tuesday; Mijares (left elbow strain) is on a rehab assignment and tentatively is scheduled to throw for the Red Wings on Friday and Sunday. Mijares could rejoin the big-league club as soon as next week.

* C Jose Morales has run into another setback in his return from right wrist surgery. "He caught nine innings (at extended spring training), then DH'd and then has a little sore hip right now," Gardenhire said, "so we're going to back off a little bit." According to Gardenhire, Morales said he was injured while sliding.

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