04/28/11 5:53 PM ET
Thome, Repko day to day with minor injuries
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Thome, who has an oblique strain, was not expected to be available for Thursday's doubleheader, while Repko, dealing with a sore left quad, was only available off the bench.
"Thome still has a slight oblique and he's very close to being ready," McWane said. "He's going down to the cage and let us know how he feels, but I would expect he's not going to be ready for today's game. And Repko has a sore left quad, but it is a lot better. He's available to play off the bench today."
Twins' Tosoni makes MLB debut in Game 1
MINNEAPOLIS -- Less than 24 hours after getting the news that he was going to be called up for the first time in his young career, Rene Tosoni made his Major League debut with the Twins on Thursday, playing in left field and batting seventh.
Tosoni got a hit in his first big league at-bat, lacing a single into right field in the third inning off Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. He also added his first RBI with a single in the seventh inning and finished 2-for-4 in Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader.
"I will never forget that moment," Tosoni said of his first hit. "I felt pretty good at the plate. I had that one popup, but other than that, I did pretty well. I was pretty happy with my performance."
Tosoni, 24, was out to dinner with friends Wednesday night, when Triple-A Rochester manager Tom Nieto called him with the news that he was being called up to the Majors. At first, Tosoni thought he was in trouble, but he was relieved when he heard the good news.
But Tosoni said it's been a whirlwind, especially considering he was thrown into the fire by starting in Game 1 of the Twins' doubleheader against the Rays.
"I haven't had much time to think about it," Tosoni said with a laugh. "I've been on a plane since 6 this morning."
Tosoni was batting .286, with a .329 on-base percentage, a .500 slugging percentage, three home runs, six doubles and 16 RBIs in 19 games with Rochester. He also hit .286 in 28 Spring Training games with the Twins.
He replaced Delmon Young on the roster, as Young was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 19 with a strained left oblique.
"Well, with some of the injuries we have going on, you bring him in and the kid's swinging really good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He had a great Spring Training. He gets the barrel on the ball probably as well as any of our kids down there. We saw that in Spring Training, and he's been doing that in [Rochester]."
McWane to be on hand for Twins' injury updates
MINNEAPOLIS -- With so many players dealing with injuries and illnesses, the Twins announced that head trainer Rick McWane, or one of the members of his staff, will be available during manager Ron Gardenhire's pregame sessions with the media to give injury updates.
"It's very helpful," Gardenhire said. "He can give [the media] more. He's there with them. I get secondhand from him, so this is easier."
Gardenhire also defended his injured players, saying that it's a long season, and that even if it's not a serious injury, proper precautions are being taken to ensure it doesn't lead to something more serious.
"As a manager, you can play people when they say they can play," Gardenhire said. "You can't force people out on the field; either they can play or they can't. I walk through the training room, I talk to them every day. If a guy's hurt, he's hurt. I don't question heart or desire in this clubhouse. These guys have it. I know they want to play."
X-rays to determine next step for Nishioka
MINNEAPOLIS -- Second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who has been on the disabled list since April 8 with a broken left fibula, is scheduled to have X-rays on his lower left leg on Friday.
"Nishioka is doing great," Twins head trainer Rick McWane said. "We'll decide after the X-ray what the next step for him will be. He's progressed from the pool to dry land. He did some running on a treadmill yesterday. He did OK with that. He's done some swinging in the cages and he's getting really close to turning it up a little bit."
Nishioka remains on the original four-to-six week timetable set when he broke his fibula in New York on a hard slide from Nick Swisher at second base.