KANSAS CITY -- The Twins are playing the waiting game before determining whether right-hander Nick Blackburn will make his next scheduled start on Thursday.

Blackburn left his Saturday start against the Royals after five innings because of back tightness.

"He's a little stiff, which we expected," Twins trainer Dave Pruemer said. "We'll get a lot of treatment on him. Hopefully, he'll be able to make his next start."

If Blackburn can't go, manager Ron Gardenhire can slide right-hander Anthony Swarzak into Blackburn's slot on Thursday. Swarzak had been targeted for bullpen duty after starting against the Royals on Friday.

"If [Blackburn] is still feeling really stiff tomorrow or the next day, we might skip a start with him and just put Swarzak right in there," Gardenhire said.

Span, Morneau held out of the lineup again

KANSAS CITY -- For the second consecutive day, Denard Span and Justin Morneau remained out of the Twins' lineup, as the team concluded its four-game series against the Royals.

Span injured his neck when he banged into catcher Brayan Pena on a play at the plate on Friday night. The Twins had a doctor check Span out and he was available for duty off the bench on Sunday.

Morneau has a sore left wrist and other nagging ailments.

"The trainers had talked about giving him a couple of days here," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I'm assuming Morneau is probably going to want to get back out there and play. If that doesn't happen, then we'll start looking at what we need to do. Whether it's send him home and let him get checked out, I don't know. I've just got to get through today and do what the trainers have told me to do."

Dinkelman reflects on Major League debut

KANSAS CITY -- Brian Dinkelman will have some special memories of his Major League debut on Saturday night.

After starting in left field for the Twins, Dinkelman had a diving catch and picked up his first hit with a line drive single to left. A large group of fans cheered on Dinkelman, chanting "MVP" and "Dink-el-man" when he came to the plate.

"It's awesome," Dinkelman said. "Getting to the Major Leagues was always something I wanted to do. When you get here and then get that first hit, it's a great feeling."

Dinkelman, a left-handed hitter, wasn't in the lineup on Sunday with left-hander Jeff Francis on the mound. That left him with some time to reflect on the debut after earning a promotion from Triple-A Rochester.

"It's really good to get that first hit because you don't want to go too long and put the pressure on yourself," Dinkelman said. "You get one out of the way and then see how things go from there."

Dinkelman had some friends and family from Illinois in attendance, but the loud chants for him were coming from a larger section of the crowd.

"I have no idea who those people were," Dinkelman said with a smile.

Revere making impact since recent callup

KANSAS CITY -- In his first three games after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester, speedy outfielder Ben Revere has made a sudden impact for the Twins.

. Revere went 5-for-12 through those three games and lifted his Major League batting average to .289 heading into Sunday's series finale against Kansas City.

With Denard Span out of the lineup, Revere started in center field on Sunday and batted leadoff.

"It's good having him back," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He brings that life to the ballgame with his speed."