I don't think this should take more than six or seven hours....
- Justin Morneau is still optimistic that he'll return in 2010. There've been more good days than bad days, and while there still are bad days he's starting to string the good ones together in between.
- The MRI on the back of Brian Fuentes didn't show any structural damage. There's a chance that he could be available for the weekend series in Cleveland. Which would be a pleasant change.
- Jim Thome was scratched from the lineup late last night, apparently due to a mild abdominal strain. He's day-to-day. The Twins can always use all the firepower they can get, but if Thome does need to miss a game or two this weekend, at least it's the Indians and not a club that typically requires a great deal of offensive support for a win.
- Danny Valencia is slated to start Friday night. The Twins were cautious with his tightness in his hamstring, and considering the Twins didn't lose in his absence it's hard to argue with the logic.
- Jose Mijares threw a bullpen session and took fielding drills yesterday, and while he felt "a little pain" the session went well. He's slated to pitch a simulated game tomorrow, after which the Twins will discuss a potential return date.
- J.J. Hardy has been cutting down on his pre-game workout in order to put less stress on his wrist.
- Nick Punto was eligible to come off the disabled list last weekend, but is still getting extra work in while the luxury is there. Neither he or the doctors are in a rush, but he should be back in relatively short order, barring another injury.
- Kevin Slowey seems to be okay.
- The off day today, as well as the off day Monday, will allow the Twins to work with a four-man rotation through next week. They'll need a fifth starter by Sunday, September 19th, which is probably the time frame for Scott Baker's return.
- Orlando Hudson has looked good, too. It's nice to see a couple of these DL guys healthy.
- Also healthy: Jason Kubel.
I think that's everybody...right?