SEATTLE -- Even though Orlando Hudson was not available off the bench for Tuesday's contest, the Twins had one additional infielder. Matt Tolbert flew to Seattle from Rochester, N.Y., after Alexi Casilla was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow. Tolbert was not in the lineup, but he'll serve as the utility infielder off the Twins' bench.The addition of Tolbert and the fact the club was facing a left-hander prompted Gardenhire to move Michael Cuddyer back to his usual position in right field. Nick Punto got the start at second base and Brendan Harris was given the nod at third base. Harris has hit just .170 in 88 at-bats so far this season. But while his bat has not been as productive as previous seasons, Gardenhire believes that things will turn around for the infielder. "Harry is here because he can hit," Gardenhire said. "He's hit a lot of hard balls at people. When you don't have that many at-bats, if you change a few of those into hits, his numbers are going to look a little bit different. You just keep running him out there. He works his tail off. He needs to be in the lineup."
Hudson back with Twins, but not in lineup
SEATTLE -- Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson said he'll find ways to keep himself busy on the club's bench over the next couple days, even if he won't be in the lineup."I'll be yelling," the loquacious Hudson said with a laugh. "That's me. I've got to keep the team going and myself going. Sitting down for a few days, there ain't much else I can do." Hudson rejoined his teammates in Seattle on Tuesday, two days after injuring his surgically repaired left wrist while colliding with teammate Denard Span on the final play of Sunday night's contest against the Rangers. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said there is no exact timetable for Hudson's return as the team will take it day-by-day with the second baseman. Hudson said he wasn't exactly sure when he might be able to return to the field. "It's in the Lord's hands," Hudson said. "It should be only a few days, I hope." After the two players collided in the air while going for a fly ball hit by Vladimir Guerrero to shallow center field, Hudson said that his entire left arm went numb. It took most of the evening for the feeling to come back, but while it was a scary moment, Hudson said he knew that his wrist wasn't injured as badly as when he needed reconstructive surgery back in August of 2008. "I didn't know if anything was broken, but I knew it wasn't as bad as the first time," Hudson said. A CT scan of Hudson's left wrist showed no fractures and Hudson said Tuesday that his wrist is feeling better, although "I'm not going to say, 'A lot better.'" Hudson spent quite a bit of time in the training room on Tuesday, getting treatment on his left wrist including electric stimulation therapy. He was smiling as he talked to reporters, wearing a bandage on his wrist with a chip in it. The second baseman said he watched Monday night's game against the Mariners when Michael Cuddyer filled in at his position due to his absence and Alexi Casilla being bothered by a sore right elbow. Hudson was impressed by Cuddyer's willingness to move positions for the good of the team and help get the win. He also enjoyed watching the outfielder move back to the middle infield for a day. "He looked good," Hudson said while adding, "That's the biggest second baseman I've ever seen. A big second baseman."
Gardenhire trying to find spot for Mahay
SEATTLE -- Having three lefties in the Twins' bullpen has left Ron Mahay without much work of late.Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he spoke with Mahay on Monday about the fact that the situational lefty had not pitched since May 22, when he gave up three runs on two hits while facing three batters. "He told me just to be patient," said Mahay, who has now given up eight runs over his last 2 2/3 frames after surrendering two in an inning on Tuesday night vs. the Mariners. "They haven't forgotten about me down there. When it's my turn to pitch, I'll just go in there and do my job. He said just to be patient, we haven't forgotten about you." Gardenhire said the hope is to find a situation earlier in the game in which to use Mahay. But with the starting pitchers going deeper into games and the club having two setup left-handers in the bullpen in Brian Duensing and Jose Mijares, it hasn't been easy to find those opportunities of late. "But we've got to get him some action, too," Gardenhire said. "He needs to pitch. We know that. We'll try to get him in the right situation where he can come in and get a little confidence going and get him back on the mound."
Twins infielder Alexi Casilla flew back to Minnesota and is scheduled to meet with team orthopedist Dan Buss about the bone spur in his right elbow. Manager Ron Gardenhire said that they'll decide whether Casilla will get a cortisone injection or if he'll have arthroscopic surgery to remove the spur and loose bodies in his elbow. ... Jon Rauch has been dealing with a little bit of stiffness in his right hamstring, but the closer said it's nothing that bothers him while he's pitching. Gardenhire said they checked on Rauch before he pitched the ninth inning Monday night and he was good to go. ... Right-hander Pat Neshek (sore finger) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Fort Myers on Wednesday and pitch an inning for the Miracle. Neshek threw on Monday in extended spring campand reported no problems.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.