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07/10/08 1:55 PM ET
Cuddyer to remain out of action
Right fielder is suffering from sprained knuckle on left hand
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
DETROIT -- The sprained knuckle on Michael Cuddyer's left index finger still has not shown any improvement, but it's unlikely that the Twins outfielder will be sent to Fort Myers, Fla., for a short rehab stint over the All-Star break. Originally, Minnesota had planned on sending Cuddyer to Florida for a few days over the break to get some at-bats. The hope was that he would then return for the start of the second half. "That's not totally out," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He could all of a sudden say the hand feels great. But as of yesterday, it didn't look good. He's trying to grab the bat and even playing catch, but his knuckle is very sore." Cuddyer said Thursday morning that nothing had changed in the finger. His soreness has extended from his knuckle into the middle part of his palm, and it's made it difficult to do any baseball activities. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but that will not happen. Gardenhire said that if the pain continues to linger, Minnesota might explore further testing on Cuddyer's finger -- but that has not been determined just yet. "We'll see how it goes over the next few days," Gardenhire said.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.