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Updated: May 12th, 2010 11:28am
Pregame notes: Twins will activate Jose Mijares after game

Pregame notes: Twins will activate Jose Mijares after game

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Barring unexpected injury circumstances, the Minnesota Twins will activate left-handed reliever Jose Mijares from the disabled list after today's series finale against the Chicago White Sox.

Mijares -- who landed on the DL April 16 with a left elbow strain -- got knocked around in two recent rehabilitation appearances at Class-AAA Rochester. But he checked out in a bullpen session on Tuesday and will return to the roster this afternoon, manager Ron Gardenhire said.

That will trigger a corresponding roster move, which will most likely return catcher Wilson Ramos to Rochester.

Third baseman Nick Punto is getting a rare day off because of his career-long struggles against White Sox left-hander John Danks.

Asked if Punto is sore after his diving attempt to catch a ball in foul territory on Tuesday night, Gardenhire said, "He's 2-for-(21) sore."

Brendan Harris will start in Punto's place and bat eighth, with Alexi Casilla playing shortstop and hitting ninth.

* C Joe Mauer is starting behind the plate for the second straight day after missing more than a week with a sore heel. "Came in great, said he wants to catch. Fine with me," Gardenhire said. "Makes writing the lineup out a lot easier."

* RF Michael Cuddyer owns Danks like the Road Runner owns Wile E. Coyote. In 33 at-bats against Danks, Cuddyer has 17 hits (.515), including five home runs and four doubles. 1B Justin Morneau is 10-for-29 (.345) off Danks with three home runs, two doubles and nine walks.

-- Phil Mackey contributed.

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