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Updated: May 14th, 2014 4:33pm
Twins option Oswaldo Arcia to Triple-A near the end of rehab stint

Twins option Oswaldo Arcia to Triple-A near the end of rehab stint

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins were close to getting back one of their best hitters. 

Now, they'll wait a while longer.

Oswaldo Arcia (right wrist strain) was nearing the end of a rehab stint at Triple-A Rochester, but on Wednesday the Twins reinstated him from the disabled list and optioned him back to the Red Wings. 

He's played 12 games for Rochester and hit a home run Tuesday. He went 12-for-39 (.308) with four doubles and, one home run and six runs driven in.  

He would look mighty good in right field for the Twins. Despite Chris Parmelee's walk-off winner Monday, Arcia is the better hitter.

Arcia has been out since April 5.

"More swings, that's what they told me," manager Ron Gardenhire said before Wednesday's game. "He hit a home run yesterday, I saw. He struck out a couple times and hit a homer. Just get more consistent at-bats. He had times where he'd take himself out with soreness. I think the big thing here is just making sure he's healthy and letting him play for an extended period here, whether it be a week or 10 days."

Assistant GM Rob Antony said Arcia is fully healthy, he simply needs more at-bats because he's striking out too much for the Twins' liking right now. And despite an average north of .300 in Triple-A, Antony suggested that's not indicative of how Arcia is swinging, perhaps that some hits are falling in favorably right now. 

With the current collection of outfielders, was there a thought to bring him back?

"When he's swinging right there's definitely room for Oswaldo Arcia. So we just want to get him swinging the way he can consistently because he can help this club," Antony said.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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