5/31/2014 1:45 P.M. ET
Willingham, Arcia providing Twins with power
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The Twins were hopeful that Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia could bring some power to the middle of the lineup upon rejoining the team Monday after both missed nearly two months with wrist injuries.
It's been the case so far, as they entered Saturday's game against the Yankees with two homers each since Monday, including homers from both Willingham and Arcia in Friday's 6-1 win at Yankee Stadium.
Willingham entered Saturday hitting .250 (4-for-16) with two homers, four walks and four RBIs in five games, while Arcia has hit .429 (9-for-21) with two homers, three doubles and two RBIs.
"It makes a big difference," said third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who also homered Friday. "Those are two guys in the middle of our order we didn't have a couple weeks ago. Hammer is a guy who has a track record. He's going to do what he does. Arcia has shown he can do that. He can carry a team at times. That's something big for us."
Willingham, who suffered a small fracture in his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on April 6, added that he believes his timing is starting to come around.
"I feel strong," Willingham said. "Timing is an everyday battle anyways."
Santana held out of lineup with cut above eye
NEW YORK -- Danny Santana was held out of the Twins' lineup on Saturday after suffering a laceration above his left eye that required seven stitches during Friday's 6-1 win against the Yankees.
Santana was cut while stealing third base in the third inning, as his own helmet came off while sliding headfirst and cut him above the eye. Santana's eye was swollen on Saturday, leading Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to start Aaron Hicks in center field instead.
"He's got a little swelling in his eye," Gardenhire said. "The trainers say he feels fine, but we don't want to take a chance with seven stitches in his eye. We're not going to take a chance with that, so we'll give him a day."
Gardenhire remains hopeful Santana could be ready to play by Sunday, but said he's going to be cautious and listen to the trainers because he doesn't want to play Santana if his vision is affected by the injury.
"I know he's going to say he's fine because that's the mentality of most players, but we have to be guarded here," Gardenhire said. "It was a nasty cut and a dangerous situation. So I'll do what the trainers tell me."
Fuld begins participating in light baseball activities
NEW YORK -- Outfielder Sam Fuld, who has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a concussion, has started light baseball activities, and he could ramp it up once he has three good days in a row.
Fuld returned from visiting concussion specialist Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh on Thursday, and he played catch on the field at Target Field upon his return.
He progressed to hitting off a tee on Friday and could gradually increase his workload if he continues to feel better, according to Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony. But there's still no exact timetable for his return, as it's dependent on when Fuld's concussion-like symptoms are gone.
Antony also added that Fuld's visit to Collins was just for reassurance and that the tests showed he's making good progress in his recovery.
"I think as much as anything it was just peace of mind," Antony said. "He was told to go ahead and proceed."
Antony said Fuld had another good day on Saturday, and the Twins are hopeful he'll join the club for batting practice on Wednesday when they return from their road trip.