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Updated: September 8th, 2010 5:07pm
MRI shows no signifcant damage to Fuentes' back

MRI shows no signifcant damage to Fuentes' back

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Brian Fuentes acquisition isn't working out exactly how the Minnesota Twins drew it up.

Fuentes, who has faced just one batter since the Twins acquired him on August 27, is scheduled for an MRI Wednesday evening to check on his ailing back.

Update: The MRI showed no significant damage. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the result should provide "peace of mind" for Fuentes heading forward. His availability for this weekend's series in Cleveland is unknown.

"He came in pretty stiff today," Gardenhire said. "They want to go ahead and check it out.

"We're just trying to get him well. That's all we're trying to do. We just want to see if we can figure out what's going on with him and get him well, get him back on the field. That's all."

Fuentes threw a bullpen session on Tuesday at 70% effort, per Gardenhire, who said afterward that the lefty was "definitely not ready" to return.

Now his status is completely up in the air.

Fuentes spent 15 days on the disabled list in April with back pain, and he has missed time on three other occasions throughout his career with back pain as well.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Brian Fuentes, Ron Gardenhire