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Updated: April 17th, 2010 10:45am
Twins to place Mijares on DL, will give Neshek more time

Twins to place Mijares on DL, will give Neshek more time

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins will place reliever Jose Mijares on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow, manager Ron Gardenhire said this morning.

The team likely will recall right-hander Alex Burnett from Class-AAA Rochester to replace Mijares, whose injury was confirmed in an ultrasound. UPDATE, 12:27 p.m.: The Twins have made the transaction official. Mijares has struggled in the season's first two weeks, compiling a 6.00 earned-run average in three innings over five appearances.

"It does show that he's been struggling a little bit with a sore elbow and trying to pitch through it," Gardenhire said. "Maybe we can get his arm strength down and he can go from there."

Mijares has battled weight issues throughout his Twins career and reported to spring training 10 pounds heavier than he did in 2009.

Asked if Mijares needs to work on his conditioning while on the DL, Gardenhire said, "It's the whole package. He'll be able to do all kinds of stuff. So, it's a good time."

Another reliever, right-hander Pat Neshek, took a cortisone shot in the sore flexor tendon in the middle finger on his throwing hand. The team will give him until Tuesday to see how he reacts to the shot before deciding whether to make another roster move.

"(Sunday) we might know a little more, too," Gardenhire said. "If he comes in and he feels better, then we'll know we're on the right path here. If he comes in about the same (Sunday), then we probably might end up doing something with him, too. We're going to see if this works and go from there."

Third baseman Nick Punto (sore groin) is "fine" but won't play today unless it's an emergency.

"They checked him out, too, and everything looks good," Gardenhire said. "He actually feels better today, and the tests showed that he's good, everything's good, nothing seriously wrong there. He's probably a day-to-day thing."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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