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09/07/09 7:00 PM ET

Liriano to throw simulated game Tuesday

Hurler will face third baseman Crede as both test ailments

TORONTO -- The Twins will get a chance to see the progress of two of their injured players on Tuesday when Francisco Liriano throws a simulated game.

Liriano, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 18 with left arm fatigue, will pitch for about 10-12 minutes. One of the hitters he'll face is Joe Crede, as the third baseman faces live pitching for the first time since he went on the disabled list with a strained lower back on Aug. 22.

Crede took part in batting practice on Monday morning before the series opener against the Blue Jays. He fielded ground balls, took some swings and ran around the bases to test his back.

"Crede says he feels great, as good as he's going to get," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The plan is that if everything goes well for Liriano and Crede in the simulated game that both players will be activated from the DL in the next couple 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.