Young gets good news on ankle

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 29, 2011 - 9:05 AM

Delmon Young's MRI exam showed no ligament damage in his sprained right ankle, only swelling and a bone bruise.

Twins left fielder Delmon Young

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Delmon Young's MRI exam showed no ligament damage in his sprained right ankle, only swelling and a bone bruise, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expressed confidence Tuesday that Young will be able to return from the 15-day disabled list the first day he's eligible.

Young jammed his right foot into Milwaukee's left field wall on Saturday. His 15th day on the DL will be July 10, the final day before the All-Star break, so the first day he could play is July 14.

"Probably 15 days ought to be enough, I would imagine," Gardenhire said. "We'll see where we're at."

Young, 25, was walking around the clubhouse in tennis shoes and with a bat in his hand. The Twins feel fortunate about the quick progress he has made.

"If you looked at [Young's collision], it looked like he could have broken his leg," Gardenhire said. "It kind of made me feel a little better [Monday], when he put a tennis shoe on."

Plans for Mauer

Gardenhire said he made Joe Mauer the designated hitter Tuesday so he could catch on Wednesday afternoon, enabling Jim Thome to DH against Dodgers righthander Rubby De La Rosa. Gardenhire said Thome would not have been in the lineup Tuesday with the Twins facing lefthander Ted Lilly.

Mauer did some more work at first base before Tuesday's game, but Gardenhire said Mauer won't be ready to play there Sunday, the next time the Twins have a day game after a night game.

"The ball goes [to the first baseman] pretty much more than anyplace except the catcher," Gardenhire said. "I would say there's a lot of work to be done. It's not just stand over there and have people throw to you. You've got relays, cutoffs, bunt plays, you've got it all."

Keeping three catchers

Gardenhire said he doesn't mind having three catchers on the roster because of the team's other injuries.

"It's actually good," Gardenhire said. "I can [use Mauer at] DH today, and I've got two catchers sitting there [on the bench]. If I want to pinch hit for one of them, I can do that. This is good right now. If Mauer starts playing first base, this is the perfect situation to have three catchers."

Span update

Denard Span ran sprints outside and took more swings in the batting cage Tuesday, but there still is no timetable for the outfielder's return from a concussion.

"When I do get the foggy feeling, it feels like I'm recovering quicker, which is good," Span said. "I'm itching, though, I'll tell you."

Etc.

• Jason Kubel (sprained left foot) was the DH on Tuesday for Class A Fort Myers against Charlotte. He went 0-for-2 with three walks and an RBI.

• Kevin Slowey (strained abdomen) will pitch three to four innings for Fort Myers on Wednesday and then make a start for Class AAA Rochester on Monday.

• Justin Morneau will have surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his neck Wednesday, as scheduled.

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