La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins: Mauer pulled from lineup. Arcia also out against Tigers

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 20, 2013 - 6:32 PM

Twins catcher Joe Mauer was going to play in every game of the Tigers series, but manager Ron Gardenhire said on Tuesday that nothing was serious with the All-Star.

Gardenhire noted that the Twins are playing 27 games in 27 day and just wanted to be careful.

But Mauer was pulled from the starting lineup about an hour before the first pitch when he reported dizziness during batting practice. Mauer was scheduled to play first base on Tuesday. Josh Willingham moves to DH. Justin Morneau moves to first base. Chris Herrmann moves to Mauer's No. 2 spot in the order.

We'll have more on this after the game.

Righthander Samuel Deduno will throw in the bullpen on Wednesday and, if that goes well, he will make his start on Friday against Cleveland.

Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is out tonight because his sore left wrist has flared up.

In both cases, the Twins are concerned about getting all the truth out of each player.

Twins assistant General Manager Rob Antony said of Deduno, ``It's a little tricky. He's not giving straight answers as to when he can go or not, so we are going to see how things go tomorrow and make our call on how things go.''

Antony said the language barrier isn't a factor.

``He wants to pitch but I think he's a little unsure just because it's sore and he's not sure how its going to feel come Friday,''  Antony said.

The problem is that Deduno had some soreness before he mentioned it to the team after struggling on Sunday. So the Twins are still trying to get a read on how sore he is. They feel a little awkward because they aren't sure if they are getting the full story.

As for Arcia, Antony said that the medical staff is disappointed because he had a sore wrist last week but didn't think it was serious, didn't come in to get it checked out and it has gotten worse. ``Increasingly sore from swinging,'' Antony said.. Arcia will not play tonight.

``That's a day to day thing as well,'' Antony said. ``If we had known we would have gotten it treated right from the start.''

Sometimes players, and it seems to happen with young players, will try to fight through injuries on their own. They want to prove they are tough - and they want to stay on the field.

``You'd like to know about it so we can treat it while they are fighting through it,'' Antony said. ``That one blindsided us a little bit because he said, when he was asked, he was fine.''

So the Twins are down to two bench players for tonight's game.

Joe Mauer will not catch at all this series, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Gardy said Mauer is not dealing with anything serious, other than foul tips off his body,  but the team is playing 27 games in 27 days and he wants to be careful with his players.

Michael Tonkin, called up earlier in the day, has arrived and in uniform.

For those of you spring training fans, take not of what when down yesterday and today in Florida.

The Washington Nationals are looking to move their spring training headquarters out of Viera and can flee after the 2014 spring season. But a potential deal to move to Kissimmee was blasted to bits yesterday.

The Nationals had sniffed around Fort Myers in recent months before focusing on Kissimmee. But the area is tapped out after building the Red Sox a new complex and agreeing to renovate the Twins' home at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Not so fast.

Fort Myers officials are now likely to re-open conversations with the Nationals about moving to City of Palms Park.

Twins (54-69)

1. Brian Dozier, 2B
2. Chris Herrmann, RF
3. Josh Willingham, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Wilkin Ramirez, LF
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Clete Thomas, CF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Tigers (73-51)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Torii Hunter, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Andy Dirks, LF
7. Omar Infante, 2B
8. Brayan Pena, C
9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Pitching: Rick Porcello, RHP
 

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