05/22/11 8:54 PM ET
Thome, Repko activated from disabled list
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Cuddyer, Slowey get days off to heal
PHOENIX -- The Twins went into play on Sunday two more players short, in addition to left-hander Glen Perkins, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain suffered during the eighth inning of Saturday night's 9-6 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field.Second baseman Michael Cuddyer was given the day off on Sunday for the series finale because of a stiff neck and right-handed reliever Kevin Slowey was on the bench for a second consecutive game because of a muscle strain near his stomach. Slowey is scheduled to have an MRI when the team returns to Minneapolis on Monday to open a three-game set against the Mariners. In addition, left-handed reliever Dusty Hughes was a late arrival for the afternoon game after traveling all day from Triple-A Rochester to get here. Hughes is Perkins' replacement. "He's going to have one heck of a day," Gardenhire said of Hughes, who had a 5.06 ERA with six hits allowed, a walk and five strikeouts at Rochester. "He was supposed to fly out at 6:30 a.m. [ET] and arrive here at about 12:30 p.m. [MT], play a ballgame and then fly all the way back to Minnesota with us. So he's going to have a heck of a day." Hughes also had one stint with the Twins this year. He was 1-0 with a 10.13 ERA in 12 appearances before being optioned to Rochester on May 6. Slowey, who has had a tough time adjusting to his role as a reliever, told Ron Gardenhire that he could pitch through it, but the Twins manager said he wouldn't use him until the team receives the results of the MRI. "I would doubt that he'd be available until we find out what's going on," Gardenhire said. "We're going to get him checked out at home. He's going to get an MRI on his stomach. He says it doesn't affect his pitching. We'll get it checked out and then we go from there. That's why I won't pitch him today." Cuddyer was replaced in the lineup by Alexi Casilla, and is day to day with a little soreness, said assistant trainer Dave Pruemer. Perkins injured his right oblique during a critical juncture of the eighth inning on Saturday night and had to come out of the game. Five batters later, Kelly Johnson hit the game-winning grand slam off closer Matt Capps. There's no telling how long Perkins will be out. Jim Thome is about to come off the DL on Monday and he's been out since May 1 because of an oblique strain. "[Perkins] is still pretty sore," Pruemer said. "He doesn't have the spasming he had last night so I guess he's a little better. We'll get him started on some treatment, but there's no timetable right now."
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.