Well, after hearing the bad news that Michael Cuddyer (a fracture in his second metatarsal, to be exact, which is like the bone that is part of your toe in the middle of your foot. Apparantly the usual treatment for an injury in this bone is a walking cast for 6-8 weeks, after which one may resume sporting activity, which puts him right about at the end of the year) come in, things seemed pretty down.
But here's some GOOD news on injured players, courtesy of Mark Dent at mlb.com.
Alexi Casilla, who's on the 15-day disabled list with a torn tendon in his right thumb, will stop wearing his splint next week and start taking batting practice, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.
"It's going well," Gardenhire said. "And he could be back in the lineup [soon]."
Casilla recently visited a hand specialist again, and was told the thumb was OK. Gardenhire said Casilla thought he could swing the bat without pain right-handed, but not left-handed quite yet.
So that's something anyway. Getting him back in the top of the lineup could be a HUGE help. The whole Harris, Everett, Punto rotation isn't terribly ideal. Plus, with Cuddyer not coming back anymore, we still have a hole in the 2 spot, which ideally Alexi could fill.
Nice to have SOME good news about fands and feet...