8/22/2013 5:35 P.M. ET
Arcia out Thursday, but feels left wrist is improving
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia took batting practice in the cages before Thursday's game against the Tigers and reported that he's making progress with his injured left wrist.
Arcia, who injured his wrist diving for a ball last week and was held out of the lineup for a third straight game on Thursday, said he only felt soreness on a few swings.
"It's better," said Arcia, who was carefully monitored by team trainer Dave Pruemer and hitting coach Tom Brunansky. "When I tried to pull the ball, there is a little pain."
Arcia will continue to be evaluated, but said he expects to avoid the 15-day disabled list. But if he's deemed unready to play on Friday, he could still be placed on the DL because the Twins' bench is thin, as they're carrying 13 pitchers.
Hendriks to be recalled to start Saturday vs. Tribe
DETROIT -- Right-hander Liam Hendriks will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start on Saturday against the Indians, the Twins announced on Thursday.
Hendriks will take the place of right-hander Kyle Gibson in the rotation, as Gibson was optioned to Rochester on Monday after struggling in 10 starts.
Hendriks, 24, has made three starts with the Twins this year, posting a 3.94 ERA with eight strikeouts and two walks in 16 innings. His last start came in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Aug. 9, when he gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Hendriks has a 4.67 ERA in 16 starts at Rochester, but threw eight scoreless innings in last start on Monday. He's fared better of late, with a 3.65 ERA spanning his last 10 outings.
Gibson, meanwhile, is expected to make about two or three starts with Rochester before being shut down, according to Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony. Gibson, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, has thrown 142 2/3 innings combined between Rochester and the Twins this season. He's scheduled to start again on Sunday.
• Joe Mauer, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms on Tuesday, met with a Detroit doctor on Thursday and was cleared to fly back to Minnesota on Thursday night. Mauer spent Wednesday resting at the team hotel.
• Top prospect Byron Buxton has six multihit performances over his last 10 games with Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect according to MLB.com, is now hitting a combined .330/.416/.522 with 12 homers, 19 doubles, 16 triples and 52 stolen bases in 113 games between Class A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers.
• The Twins are on pace to set the club record for most times striking out in a season. Entering Thursday, They've struck out 1,068 times and are on pace for a team-record 1,384 strikeouts. They've struck out 10-plus times in 45 of their 125 games.