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04/17/08 8:41 PM ET

Injured Everett takes fielding practice

Shortstop gets cortisone shot, could return by weekend

MINNEAPOLIS -- One day after getting a cortisone shot in his sore right shoulder, Twins shortstop Adam Everett was back on the field for early infield practice on Thursday. Everett only fielded grounders, however, and didn't do any throwing.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the team will know more about Everett's status in the next few days after the shot takes effect. If the shot takes care of the soreness, then the injury is likely an impingement, and Everett will be back in the lineup within the week.

If Everett's arm continues to bother him, then Gardenhire said that the soreness is likely due to a muscle strain in the shoulder, which could mean a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

"They said it will be a lengthier stay or period [if it's a strain]," Gardenhire said. "And I can't wait 10 or 12 days here. We'll know in the next day or so."

If Everett does have to go on the DL, Gardenhire said that he won't necessarily call up another infielder to take his place. With Nick Punto and Matt Tolbert as options for the middle infield, Gardenhire hinted that he could look to add another bat off the bench in that situation.

"It could a left-handed pinch-hitter off the bench," Gardenhire said. "Because when we play all the lefties, we don't have much left-handed hitting off the bench. It might be more something like that, if it's available."

Michael Cuddyer (dislocated right index finger) also made progress toward getting back on the field on Thursday. The outfielder swung in the batting cages and took soft toss from hitting coach Joe Vavra for the first time since dislocating his finger while sliding into third base on April 4.

Still, Gardenhire said the expectation is that Cuddyer will not come off the disabled list on Sunday, the first date he is eligible to return.

The Twins only other current injury concern is right-hander Kevin Slowey, who is currently on the disabled list with a strained right biceps muscle. Slowey came into the clubhouse with no soreness on Thursday, a day after throwing his second bullpen session. If Slowey's bullpen session on Friday goes well, he will head out on a rehabilitation assignment, likely beginning at Class A Fort Myers. Slowey is expected to throw 50 pitches in his first Minor League start and will need at least three or four starts before he would be ready to rejoin the Twins.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.