Twins manager Ron Gardenhire indicated this morning that he'll leave Michael Cuddyer at second base for the time being.
The trickle down effect is obvious. Jim Thome can stay at DH as much as possible. Jason Kubel, who is swinging the bat well, can play right field (and he feels more into the game as a outfielder than DH). It hurts Luke Hughes a little bit, but Gardy said Hughes will come off the bench and fill in at first or third when needed. Hughes also could be a decent pinch hitter if needed.

Injury Updates

Gardy also indicated that Mauer would need a minor league rehab assignment once he's ready to play games after getting over his viral infection and leg weakness.

Delmon Young (left ribs) was expected to take b.p. in the cage this morning to test his side. He's still pointing to a Tuesday return but Gardy hoped Young could be available if he needed him in the late innings today.

The shortstop

When asked if he had a short leash on Alexi Casilla, the manager said he didn't like that term but added that he's not on the verge of making a change at short. He hopes Casilla starts to produce a little at the plate. He also  acknowledged that Casilla's .170 batting average looks worse because of the overall offensive struggles.

Gardy, however, said he's keeping an eye on Trevor Plouffe (.319-5-12 at Class AAA Rochester), so it's safe to assume that the Twins can't wait too long for Casilla to turn it around.

Cleveland (13-7)

1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, 1B
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Michael Brantley, LF
8. Lou Marson, C
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

Pitcher: Carlos Carrasco, RHP

Twins (8-12)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jason Repko, LF
3. Jason Kubel, RF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
6. Jim Thome, DH
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

Pitcher: Carl Pavano, RHP
 

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