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04/25/08 9:54 PM ET

Back in lineup, Cuddyer ready to play

Outfielder's finger still stiff, but doesn't hurt, after rehab starts

ARLINGTON -- Michael Cuddyer's dislocated right index finger is not yet 100 percent, but the Twins right fielder said he doesn't expect to have any problems playing with it.

"It's still stiff, but it doesn't hurt anymore," Cuddyer said. "As for my throwing, it's not going to be what it was right before the injury, but it's good enough."

Cuddyer was back in the lineup Friday after spending three weeks on the disabled list with the injury.

Despite the layoff, Cuddyer said he feels like his timing shouldn't be affected too much.

The outfielder got a few swings in and made a few throws during a short rehab stint in Fort Myers, Fla., with the Gulf Coast League Twins. He said he felt good during his at-bats and that the finger isn't even a concern when he's at the plate.

Cuddyer got a chance to make two throws in game action while in Florida, so he has a better idea of how his finger will react. With all of that behind him, Cuddyer said he's just ready to be playing once again.

"It's been torture having to watch," Cuddyer said.

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