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Updated: May 11th, 2010 5:15pm
Pregame notes: Mauer to catch, roster moves abound

Pregame notes: Mauer to catch, roster moves abound

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins announced earlier today that shortstop J.J. Hardy (wrist) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and INF Matt Tolbert was called up to the 25-man roster.

An MRI on Hardy's wrist showed no structural damage, only a bone bruise, and a hand specialist told Hardy it would be surprising if he wasn't ready to go in eight days when eligible to come off the DL.

Hardy attempted to go through the motion of swinging a bat over the weekend, but that only made the injury worse.

"It wasn't healing as quick as I'd hoped it would," Hardy said.

Hardy, who is eligible to come off the DL on May 12, will continue to ice and move the wrist carefully to avoid it stiffening up. He has been instructed to let the bone bruise heal before attempting to swing a bat again.

Mauer to catch, Mijares close to being activated

* Despite the cold and damp weather, Joe Mauer (heel) will catch for the Twins tonight. If all goes well, the Twins will likely make a roster move with either Wilson Ramos or Drew Butera before Wednesday afternoon's game.

That roster move will likely involve LHP Jose Mijares (elbow), who is back in the Target Field clubhouse, but he hasn't been activated yet. Mijares gave up five earned runs in 1 2/3 innings at Class-AAA Rochester during a rehab stint over the weekend.

Mijares was scheduled to throw a bullpen session before today's game, and he will be checked out by doctors soon after.

Depending on how Mauer feels after catching tonight, the Twins will likely activate Mijares and send a catcher to Rochester.

"If he comes out and he's really sore, if it really affects him when he's squatting for this long of a time, he hasn't done that," manager Gardenhire said about Mauer. "We just want to make sure, so we're not going to make a roster move tonight. We'll see how he goes through it. If everything goes OK, then tomorrow we might end up making a move."

As for Mijares getting rocked over the weekend, Gardenhire didn't sound too worried.

"He just told me today, he threw it down the middle. He said he was throwing the ball good, it was just down the middle. Location wasn't great, but he just wanted to throw the ball over the plate, strikes, and make sure his arm was fine."

Notes

* Gardenhire said the Twins talked about promoting three different players when Hardy was placed on the disabled list -- SS Trevor Plouffe, INF Luke Hughes, and INF Matt Tolbert.

Tolbert won out because, per Gardenhire, the Twins were looking for more of a utility guy, rather than an everyday player.

For now, Gardenhire plans to use Brendan Harris and Alexi Casilla to fill in at shortstop.

On the surface, it might make more sense to put Nick Punto -- the team's best defensive shortstop after Hardy -- at short, with Harris at third base. But Gardenhire prefers to keep Punto at third.

"His defense at third base has been spectacular," Gardenhire said. "From the slow-hit balls to the hard-hit balls, it's really hard for me to take him out of there. Harris I've always said is more comfortable at shortstop anyways... Rather than changing too many guys, let's just do this."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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