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06/19/10 3:16 PM ET

Hardy, Condrey, Casilla making progress

PHILADELPHIA -- Clay Condrey was signed as a free agent in January, but the 34-year-old reliever has yet to throw a pitch for the Twins this season.

Condrey, 34, suffered an inflamed flexor tendon in spring training.

Condrey threw one inning Friday in an extended Spring Training game. He threw 13 pitches, and then seven more in the bullpen.

The next step is for him pitch two innings on Sunday.

Condrey was a member of the Phillies for the past four seasons, including the 2008 World Series championship team.

Meanwhile, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire updated the progress of shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is recovering from a sore left wrist.

"J.J. took some light swings off the tee and feels good," Gardenhire said. "He's progressing nicely. We have no timetable yet."

And infielder Alexi Casilla, on the way back from surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow, played catch and took some swings in the batting cage, according to Gardenhire.

Twins recall Manship, option Plouffe

PHILADELPHIA -- The Twins recalled right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship from Triple-A Rochester and optioned infielder Trevor Plouffe before Saturday's game against the Phillies.

The move was necessary, considering the Twins used five relievers in Friday's 9-5 loss.

"We needed somebody who could pitch," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was doing fine. He knows how to pitch backwards."

Manship was 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 12 starts for Rochester. In 65 innings, he allowed 83 hits, and 32 earned runs, while striking out 51 and walking just 15.

Manship made two appearances for the Twins this season -- one as a spot starter and one in a relief effort -- with a 2.45 ERA.

Plouffe was hitting just .130 in limited playing time after being called up earlier this season when shortstop J.J. Hardy got hurt.

"Plouffe needs to play," Gardenhire said. "He needs to get some more swings in."

Hudson starts again after return from DL

PHILADELPHIA -- Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson returned to the lineup Friday after a 16-game absence, going 0-for-5 with an RBI groundout in the ninth inning.

It had been quite a long stretch between games for Hudson, who injured his left wrist in a collision with Denard Span on May 30.

Manager Ron Gardenhire penciled Hudson into the No. 2 slot in the lineup again on Saturday.

Hudson had been lobbying Gardenhire to play for days before finally starting on Friday.

"He's going to tell me he's fine no matter what," Gardenhire said with a grin.

Gardenhire likes Thome's bat in lineup

PHILADELPHIA -- Managing Jim Thome has been an absolute pleasure for Ron Gardenhire.

The 40-year-old Thome has been terrific in a part-time role, with five home runs and 17 RBIs for the Twins this season.

Entering Saturday's game, Thome remained tied for 11th all-time in home runs (569) with Rafael Palmeiro and 38th in career RBIs (1,582), just one shy of tying Al Kaline for 37th.

"It's fun to get him in the lineup," Gardenhire said. "I love seeing him walk up to the plate. He's a presence and a force. I love writing a future Hall of Famer's name on the lineup card."

Still, the trick is to try and get Thome as many at-bats as possible. It's not always that simple.

"It's an adjustment for him," Gardenhire said. "The easiest way for me is to get him at-bats in between pinch-hit at-bats. ... He's ready anytime you need him."

Tired bullpen could use rest Saturday

PHILADELPHIA -- The Twins' bullpen was taxed heavily in Friday's 9-5 loss.

Five pitchers combined to throw 6 1/3 impressive innings, giving up just five hits and one run.

Barring an emergency, manager Ron Gardenhire said that three relievers -- Ron Mahay, Jesse Crain and Alex Burnett -- won't be available. Right-hander Jeff Manship could help ease the burden, if necessary, after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

How is the bullpen feeling?

"Tired probably," quipped Gardenhire.

The Twins' bullpen has posted a 2.89 ERA entering Saturday's game, the lowest mark in the American League. They trail only the Padres for the best in Major League Baseball.

Opponents are hitting just .236 against the Twins' bullpen.

Andy Jasner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.