Updated: June 16th, 2010 5:54pm
Notebook: Twins eye possible Friday return for Orlando Hudson

Notebook: Twins eye possible Friday return for Orlando Hudson

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Orlando Hudson still hasn't talked to reporters about his wrist this week, but manager Ron Gardenhire said the second baseman could return before the weekend.

"He's talking about Friday, being able to play by Friday," Gardenhire said today.

Hudson took batting practice right-handed with the first group, swinging lightly during his first round before revving it up later in the session. Gardenhire said Hudson also attempted his first left-handed swings since the injury -- in the cage, out of the view of reporters.

Gardenhire said yesterday that he did not feel comfortable activating Hudson from the disabled list until he was able to swing left-handed.

Matt Tolbert, who drew two walks and blasted an eighth-inning home run last night, will start at second base and bat second once again.

The Twins travel to Philadelphia for a three-game series beginning Friday.

NOTES

* RHP Scott Baker (5-5, 4.81) is set to face RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-5, 4.04) tonight.

Chacin is widely regarded as one of the Rockies' top prospects. He throws a fastball that clocks anywhere between 89-93, a changeup, and a slider. He is a strikeout pitcher (53 Ks in 49 IP) who also has the ability to induce a lot of ground balls (59% grounders in minor leagues, 45% this season).

Baker has been anything but consistent this season. He has allowed nine earned runs over his last two starts, and has allowed at least four earned runs in six of his 13 starts this season.

* Gardenhire said RHP Clay Condrey (elbow) will go through a four or five-day program where he faces live hitters in games at extended spring training. From there, the Twins are hopeful he can begin an actual rehab assignment.

* When asked about a possible rehab assignment for shortstop J.J. Hardy, who continues to rest his ailing left wrist, Gardenhire said, "We're not sure yet. We're just going to see how long it takes."

"We just have to see when he gets well. I would think that he should probably be able to go right back into it, but again, I don't know how many more days it's going to be, so I can't tell you that."

* The Rockies have recalled former Twins reliever Juan Rincon from Triple-A in time for tonight's game. Rincon did not fare well in the minors this season, allowing 18 earned runs in 22 1/3 innings (7.25 ERA), along with 20 walks and 23 strikeouts. He hasn't posted a sub-5.00 ERA in the majors since 2006 with the Twins.

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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