Young is first bat off the DL

Delmon Young returned to the Twins lineup, with Rene Tosoni returning to Rochester.


Twins left fielder Delmon Young

Photo: Chris O'Meara, Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Delmon Young, out since April 18 because of a left oblique muscle strain, was back in the starting lineup on Friday, and manager Ron Gardenhire hoped for big things from the Twins left fielder.

Young, the first of five position players to return from the DL, hit .400 in spring training and seemed primed for a fast start to the season, but he batted .228 with no homers and six RBI in 16 games before getting injured.

Now Gardenhire hopes that working out in the Florida sunshine warmed up Young's bat.

"He's really anxious to be back on the field," Gardenhire said. "We'll see how it all goes down. We'll see how he's swinging.

"We expect players like that to do good things and big things. You don't want to put too much pressure on him, but it is nice to write his name in the lineup."

Young went 1-for-4 in the Twins' 2-0 loss to Toronto.

Outfiedler Rene Tosoni was sent back to Class AAA Rochester after going 6-for-35 with one homer and three RBI in 13 games with the Twins. Ben Revere remains on the roster, with the team hoping to use his speed as an asset.

Injury updates

Twins trainer Rick McWane said X-rays taken Thursday of Tsuyoshi Nishioka's left fibula, broken April 7 in New York, revealed good healing. The bone isn't completely healed, but it's not a weight-bearing bone, so that's no cause for alarm. He continues to work out in Fort Myers, Fla.

"He continues to take batting practice, agility drills, playing catch," McWane said. "They said he had a good day [Friday] and they continue to push him along, getting him in game shape."

Outfielder Jason Repko (strained right quadriceps) will play in his first extended spring training game Saturday.

Designated hitter Jim Thome (left oblique strain) is taking batting practice in Fort Myers but is not ready to play in games yet.


• Shortstop Trevor Plouffe, who missed three games because of a strained right hamstring, returned to the lineup Friday. Plouffe is expected to get several starts at shortstop to see if he is ready to help the club as an everyday player. If not, the chances that Nishioka shifts to shortstop when he returns increase.

• Lefthander Glen Perkins has had scoreless outings in 16 of his 17 appearances this year.


  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Toronto 104 FINAL
Indiana 91
Cleveland 103 FINAL
Detroit 95
Milwaukee 109 FINAL
Miami 102
Memphis 109 FINAL
Dallas 90
Chicago 113 FINAL
Golden State 111
Washington 98 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
NY Rangers 1 FINAL
NY Islanders 4
Arizona 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 4
Winnipeg 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Washington 3 FINAL
Columbus 4
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL
Carolina 4
Dallas 2 FINAL
Montreal 3
Detroit 5 FINAL
Florida 4
Colorado 3 FINAL(OT)
Nashville 4
Buffalo 1 FINAL
Calgary 4
Minnesota 2 FINAL
Edmonton 1
Anaheim 4 FINAL
Vancouver 0
Ball State 47 FINAL
Akron 59
Northern Ill 46 FINAL
Bowling Green 56
Western Mich 71 FINAL
Buffalo 77
Ohio 40 FINAL
Eastern Mich 76
Xavier 66 FINAL
Georgetown 53
Vanderbilt 62 FINAL
Georgia 70
West Virginia 65 FINAL
Kansas State 59
Central Mich 53 FINAL
Kent State 63
Saint Josephs 48 FINAL
La Salle 53
Nebraska 44 FINAL
Michigan 58
Miami-Ohio 65 FINAL
Toledo 70
Tulsa 62 FINAL
Tulane 55
George Washington 48 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 72
Pittsburgh 67 FINAL
Virginia Tech 70
Indiana State 78 FINAL
Evansville 89
Tabor College 53 FINAL
Oral Roberts 94
Florida 52 FINAL
Alabama 50
Tennessee 64 FINAL
Arkansas 69
Texas A&M 71 FINAL
Auburn 61
Baylor 53 FINAL
Oklahoma State 64
DePaul 0 Postponed
Providence 0
Michigan State 0 Postponed
Rutgers 0
Wyoming 44 FINAL
Utah State 56
Fresno State 47 FINAL
San Diego St 58
Nevada 62
SD Christian 54 FINAL
CS-Bakersfield 79
Colorado State 78 FINAL
Boise State 82
Temple 71 FINAL
UCF 54
Campbell 42 FINAL
Presbyterian 51
Coastal Carolina 65 FINAL
High Point 73
Gardner-Webb 49 FINAL
Radford 59
UNC-Asheville 58 FINAL
Liberty 62
Winthrop 63 FINAL
Longwood 62
Columbia International 33 FINAL
Charleston Southern 74
Tulane 63 FINAL
Houston 46
(3) Baylor 89 FINAL
TCU 67
Navy 49 FINAL
American Univ 59
Valparaiso 42 FINAL
Illinois-Chicago 60
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: How optimistic are you about the 2015 Twins?

Weekly Question