NEW YORK -- Shortstop J.J. Hardy is not currently on the Twins' current three-city, seven-game roadtrip as he rehabs from his bruised left wrist back in Minnesota.Hardy is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, when the Twins play the final game of their road trip in Boston. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said it's a possibility that Hardy could rejoin the team in Boston for the final game if everything is feeling good with his wrist, but the skipper added that nothing is guaranteed. A reporter asked Gardenhire if it would be worth bringing Hardy on the road for one game. "We've played Game 163 two years in a row," Gardenhire said. "I'd say, 'Yes.'"
Baker 'OK' after getting hit in leg by liner
NEW YORK -- Scott Baker came out of the Twins' 8-4 loss to the Yankees on Friday in the seventh inning after he was struck by a Derek Jeter line drive in the right leg, but the decision was based more on the situation than an injury.Baker said he was feeling fine after being struck in the fatty part of his right knee, even though the ball ricocheted into shallow right field. Jeter ended up at second with a double. "It just caught me in a good way," Baker said. "I just have to see how it feels tomorrow. I'm sure it will be a little sore. I don't see me missing any time or any starts. As of right now, it feels OK." Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked if Baker would have remained in the game had he not been struck. But he said that Baker, who was at 100 pitches, was taken out since there were runners on second and third and no outs in the inning.
Gardy, Neshek discuss online comments
NEW YORK -- A week ago, Twins reliever Pat Neshek created a little bit of controversy when he posted an injury update about his finger on Twitter and Facebook and said that his injury had been misdiagnosed.Before Friday's game against the Yankees, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire admitted for the first time that he was unhappy that Neshek had chosen to tweet that he was misdiagnosed. "Had MRI, went to hand specialist, found pain was coming from my palm and not my finger like 1st diagnosed," wrote Neshek on May 5 on Twitter. The day after Neshek posted his comments, Gardenhire said he walked into a "hornet's nest" when he arrived at the ballpark. He was informed of Neshek's public remarks not by the team's baseball communications staff or the media but rather by some of his players. Gardenhire said he met with Neshek and spoke to him about the reliever's choice to voice his frustration in such a public manner. Neshek also spoke to team doctors and smoothed things over. "My opinion of him tweeting that he was misdiagnosed? Was not very happy with him," Gardenhire said on Friday. "I talked to him. We got it all straightened out." In addition to the tweet, Neshek had gone into more detail about the injury and deeper into his complaints on a Facebook message as well: "I injured my finger about three weeks ago, got a cortisone shot in the finger and [was] told to rest for a week ... Well, three weeks have passed, and I'm still having trouble gripping a ball. I went in for an MRI and to a hand specialist and learned that I was misdiagnosed. My pain was coming from near the palm of my hand ... a pulley tendon." Neshek added, "I'm not happy with anything that has gone on, especially when it could have been taken care of three weeks ago and was told the wrong info." Gardenhire said that he met with Neshek to explain why he was unhappy with how the reliever handled the situation. "'Our doctors are here to help you and get you better,'" Gardenhire said of the conversation. "They put in a lot of effort and their time to do that. They don't deserve to be thrown under any kind of bus. If you have something to say, say it to me or to the doctors and not on the Tweeter. "We talked about it, and it's all done. He understands. He was just frustrated at the time and he understood that it was not a good statement." Neshek, who went on the 15-day disabled list on May 2, is currently rehabbing in Minnesota and not on the current road trip with the Twins. But Gardenhire said that Neshek played catch in recent days and his hand felt pretty good. When Neshek is ready to throw, Gardenhire said the club will likely send him to Triple-A Rochester to give him opportunities to pitch again. Neshek's public messages weren't the first time that he had earned his manager's ire. The reliever even posted in his Facebook message that the two had a "miscommunication" in Cleveland two weeks ago when the Twins were going to option Neshek to Rochester before he said that he needed to go on the DL. As for whether any of the issues might linger, Gardenhire made it clear they would not. "He just said he wants to pitch," Gardenhire said. "That's a good thing, and let's just keep all the other stuff out of the way." And then Gardenhire added: "Tweet. Tweet."
Mijares makes for three lefty relievers
NEW YORK -- Left-hander Jose Mijares was activated prior to Friday's game against the Yankees, giving the Twins three lefties in their bullpen.Ron Mahay is considered a situational lefty and Brian Duensing has primarily been used in late-inning situations as well since Mijares went down with his injury. Duensing has been a bright spot in the bullpen for the Twins and has adapted well to his late-inning role, going 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 14 relief appearances. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked whether Duensing, who was a starter for the club at the end of last season, will be moved back into a long-relief role now that Mijares has returned, but he said that will not be the case. "Until we see where Mijares is at, we'll probably try to get Mijares in earlier in the ballgame," Gardenhire said. "We'll see how he does and go from there. Let him work his way back into it."
Hudson teams up with CC for charity
NEW YORK -- Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson teamed up with Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia on Friday afternoon to begin Hudson's Around the Mound Tour II program. It's the second year of a program that Hudson started to help expose African-American youth to the game of baseball. He started the program last year on Jackie Robinson Day.For Hudson, it's an issue that's very close to his heart, and he's glad to have other players such as Sabathia take part in it with him. "It's definitely nice to have other black icons like my man CC Sabathia, Torii Hunter, Carl Crawford and Ken Griffey Jr. join me in different cities," Hudson said. "To come out and have fun and talk to kids, so they get a chance to ask first-handed questions instead of watching on TV and wondering what this guy is like in person. Now they get a chance to really see. Some of the inner-city kids, they get to ask a guy like CC, who was an inner-city kid, 'How did he dismiss the gangs and the fights and all the problems in the street to make it to the next level?' So it's good." Sabathia and Hudson met with 30 kids between the ages 7 to 16 for a half-hour on Friday on the field at Yankee Stadium. The kids then stuck around for batting practice and the series opener between New York and Minnesota. Last year, Hudson said he hosted similar events in around 10 cities.
Catcher Jose Morales has been activated and optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Morales had been playing down in Fort Myers, Fla., in extended spring camp games as he worked his way back from right wrist surgery. Morales will split time with catcher Wilson Ramos. ... Yankees right-hander Sergio Mitre has officially been named the starter for Sunday's series finale against the Twins. ... When asked about the fact that Joe Mauer has only one home run this season entering Friday's game, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had this response: "It's really hard to worry about a guy hitting .360." Mauer proceeded to hit his second of the season with a solo shot in the fifth inning off A.J. Burnett.
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