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03/09/11 6:37 PM ET

Slama dealing with stress reaction in right elbow

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Twins got good news from the MRI on Anthony Slama's right elbow, as there are no serious problems, but the pitcher does have a stress reaction in one of the bones in his elbow.

Slama said that doctors told him it's an unusual injury for pitchers, but that it occurred due to the fact that his elbow hyperextends by 15 degrees more than most pitchers, creating bone-on-bone contact that caused the stress reaction.

"So it was just kind of an injury that came from that," Slama said. "There was nothing I really could have done. Now it's a matter of not getting it to flare up again. If that means taking a little bit more time to get it settled down now so that I can have a long season, then that's better."

The right-hander said he was relieved that the MRI showed no ligament damage or any loose bodies in his elbow. Slama played catch from 60 feet on Tuesday, and he said that doctors have told him as long as there are no setbacks that he can continue to ease his way back to the mound. But for now, it's unclear how long he'll be out of action.

"The good news is, it's not like I'm starting over at square one -- it's only been six days since I've thrown," Slama said.

"So it's not a long time off. My shoulder feels good; everything else feels good. We'll just get [this stress reaction] settled down and simmered down so I can get back out there. I don't have a timetable. Just see as you go."

Liriano to work on improving his mechanics

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Francisco Liriano's official Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday afternoon didn't exactly provide much improvement from his first spring outing in a "B" game against the Rays last week.

The left-hander allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits over 1 2/3 innings against the Orioles on Wednesday. He walked three batters and struck out one while throwing 47 pitches -- only 25 for strikes.

"I just couldn't find my release point," Liriano said. "I was just rushing things, trying to do too much. I know it's too early in Spring Training, but I feel like I'm trying too hard.

"Nothing was working today," he added. "My ball wasn't moving today."

Liriano's fastball topped out at 94 mph on the stadium radar gun on Wednesday, but like his previous outing this spring, he struggled to find his command. Liriano said that he couldn't get his fastball working and he was missing his spots. He added that his slider was acting like a cutter and his changeup was up in the zone, as well.

Liriano was slowed by some shoulder tendinitis early in camp, and he admitted that he feels like he's "a little bit behind" this spring. Liriano said that the shoulder isn't an issue now -- physically, he feels good. But he said that after his latest outing, pitching coach Rick Anderson told him to stop trying to impress people, as well as to stay back and hit his spots.

"I feel like I'm going to be OK for April," Liriano said. "Right now, [I'm] just trying to get my mechanics better, my release point, and [I've] just got to keep practicing in the bullpen."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that he thinks Liriano is pushing too hard to try to get ready for the season, since he missed a little time this spring. But Gardenhire doesn't seem too concerned about the lefty's performance this spring.

"He throws really good in the bullpen, because he's under control," Gardenhire said. "He gets in the game and he tries to throw it 95 [mph]. He's just got to back off, just let it move and locate the ball. When he does that, he's really good. He just hasn't had that much time out there. So, just give him more time here -- he normally comes along pretty good."

Young likely to play the outfield on Thursday

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is hopeful that Delmon Young will be able to play the outfield in Thursday's contest against the Blue Jays.

Young, who has been sidelined by what the Twins have called turf toe in his left big toe, made his spring debut against the Pirates in a "B" game on Tuesday. Although Young was the designated hitter in that contest, he got a chance to run the basepaths after drawing two walks. That included scoring from first base on Justin Morneau's bases-clearing double.

Gardenhire said he'd like to see Young in the outfield, since he has a number of other hitters he'd like to use in the designated-hitter spot this spring.

"I'd like him to get in the outfield pretty quick," Gardenhire said. "He ran around pretty good. I think he's ready to."

Twins Tidbits

Outfielder Ben Revere had originally been slotted in Wednesday's lineup against the Orioles, but he did not make the trip to Sarasota. The Twins told Revere to take it easy after he scraped up his hand and arm while making a sprawling catch in Tuesday's game. Manager Ron Gardenhire said that the injury wasn't a big deal, but that Revere wasn't going to do any swinging for the day. Joe Benson replaced Revere in the lineup. ... Gardenhire said that the hole in Michael Cuddyer's foot, which came from having a wart removed on March 1, is almost healed, and Cuddyer continues to inch toward getting back on the field. "If one guy hates sitting out more than anyone else on our team, it's Michael Cuddyer," Gardenhire said. "But he's getting closer." ... First baseman Chris Parmelee is battling a sore left shoulder and having trouble throwing and swinging, Gardenhire said. Parmelee was supposed to be reevaluated on Wednesday, and the hope was that he might start getting back to activities in the next couple days.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Kelly's Corner and follow her on Twitter at kellythesier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.