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04/25/08 9:57 PM ET

Everett should return to lineup on time

Second cortizone shot aids shortstop's ailing shoulder

ARLINGTON -- Twins shortstop Adam Everett was able to play catch and hit for the first time on Friday without feeling any pain or soreness in his right shoulder.

Everett, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, received a second cortisone shot in his shoulder on Monday before the team headed off on their current road trip.

The shot helped immediately, but Everett waited until Friday to test the shoulder with on-the-field work. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Everett threw from about 70 feet and took early batting practice with the club.

And the expectation is that Everett will be ready to come off the DL when he's eligible on Wednesday.

"He hasn't thrown any balls across the infield yet," Gardenhire said. "But I think if everything progresses like we expect, he'll be ready.

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