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07/28/08 9:00 PM ET
Cuddyer, Everett take steps in rehab
Outfielder nearing assignment, while shortstop ready to go
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- One Twins player on the disabled list took his first step toward returning to the team on Monday, while another was ready to complete his final step. Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer took around 25 swings of soft toss on Monday afternoon and put on an outfielder's glove for the first time since going on the DL on June 28 with a strained tendon in his left index finger. "He's feeling OK and didn't have to back away from it," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's a step forward." Despite the progress, there still is no timetable for Cuddyer's return. Gardenhire said the club wants to see Cuddyer progress to taking full batting practice before sending him on a rehab assignment. So it likely will be a couple days before more is known about a future schedule for the outfielder. Cuddyer's timetable may be unknown, but shortstop Adam Everett (right shoulder strain) played his final game of a 20-day rehab stint on Monday night. Gardenhire said a decision regarding Everett's status will be made after he plays Monday night for Triple-A Rochester. There appears to be very little room on the Minnesota roster for the veteran shortstop, who has hit .333 in four games for the Red Wings. Nick Punto has seen the majority of the time at the position, and Brendan Harris has provided the club with a backup option at the spot. The Twins could try to trade the 31-year-old Everett or release him. As for Cuddyer, one thing Gardenhire wants to make sure is that the team doesn't try to rush him back. And that's something the skipper said Cuddyer agrees with completely. "We don't want him to come back 65 or 70 percent," Gardenhire said. "He'd like to be healthy when he gets back."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.