05/29/10 4:48 PM ET
Twins bullpen starting to come together
Mijares' return a major boost to relief corps
By Jocelyn Syrstad / MLB.com
Punto out of lineup; Morneau starts at DH
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins made a couple lineup moves for Saturday's game against the Rangers.Infielder Nick Punto was out of the lineup after starting for the first time in four games on Friday. Manager Ron Gardenhire said swinging is still tough on his sore left ring finger when he bats right-handed. With C.J. Wilson, a left-hander, starting for Texas, it was decided Punto would sit the game out. Gardenhire said Punto feels good when batting left-handed and is expected to be back in the lineup in the next few days. Brendan Harris started at third Saturday for the Twins. Justin Morneau started as the designated hitter for the Twins on Saturday as well. Gardenhire said Morneau approached him before the game and asked "What's the DH spot looking like today?" When Gardenhire said it was open, the first baseman asked if he could fill it. "Most players are going to want to play no matter what, but we talk about being smart about it," Gardenhire said. "If you get a DH day and you want to use it, go for it." Morneau is expected to start at first base in Sunday's series finale against the Rangers.
Target Stadium hits one million fans
MINNEAPOLIS -- Saturday's game against the Rangers marked the entrance of the one millionth fan to Target Stadium.With 39,659 people crammed into the ballpark to watch the Twins defeat the Rangers, 8-3, the Twins reached 1,009,657 fans on the season. It was the Twins' 24th sellout of the season in 26 home games. That is the fewest amount of home games it has taken the Twins to reach one million fans in franchise history. The previous record was set in 1988 when it took 31 games to reach that landmark number.
Pat Neshek has thrown several seven-minute bullpens at extended spring training in Florida, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Gardenhire said there is still some pain in Neshek's finger, but not enough to stop him from pitching. Once Neshek tells the staff he is feeling OK, the next step will be to get him in some games for Class A Fort Myers to start his rehab assignment. ... Clay Condrey is waiting on results from doctors in New York on the status of his right elbow. Gardenhire thought they came up with the same recovery plan as the Twins' doctors did; either pitch through the inflammation or shut it down for a few months. Condrey was going to talk to Twins doctors on Saturday to help him decide what to do.
Jocelyn Syrstad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.