Josh Willingham is not in the lineup today after receiving an injection in his left knee following Saturday's game. With tomorrow being an offday, Willingham will have two days for the medication to work its magic. He hopes to be ready to play Tuesday when the Twins open a three-game series against the White Sox.
Willingham said the knee bothers him when he runs, making playing the outfield difficult. Before you react to that, I must point out that Willingham acknowledged his shortcomings as an outfielder. He needs his knee to mend so he can be as functional out there as he can be.
``I wish I could blame it on my hitting, but I can't,'' said Willingham, who is batting .211 with 10 homers and 31 RBI.
He's not sure when he injured the knee, but said that sliding into second on Apr. 27 against Texas for his only stolen base of the season didn't help things.
So Oswaldo Arcia started in left once again while Ryan Doumit slid into the designated hitter role.
Joe Mauer (2,127,175) leads Matt Wieters (1,615,625) in voting for the All-Star Game. Mauer could join Ivan Rodriguez and Carlton Fisk as the only catchers to be elected to the game four times.
The Twins are going for the fourth straight win on Father's Day.
The club intends to announce several signings of draft picks of the next couple of days. Here are the ones I know about:
RD PLAYER POS SCHOOL
3 Stuart Turner C University of Mississippi
5 Aaron Slegers RHP Indiana University
6 Brian Navarreto C Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville)
7 Brian Gilbert RHP Seton Hall University
9 Mitchell Garver C University of New Mexico
10 C.K. Irby RHP Samford University
11 Nelson Molina SS/2B Antonio Lucchetti High School (Arecibio, P.R.)
12 Ethan Mildren RHP University of Pittsburgh
13 Brandon Peterson RHP Wichita State University
14 Zack Granite OF Seton Hall University
18 Ryan Walker SS University of Texas-Arlington
20 Jason Kanzler OF University of Buffalo
21 Tyler Stirewalt RHP Fresno State University
22 Alex Swim C Elon University
23 Zach Hayden RHP University of South Carolina-Aiken
25 Chad Christensen OF University of Nebraska
30 Tanner Vavra 2B Valparaiso University
32 Carlos Avila SS Cal St University-Dominguez Hills
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Torii Hunter, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, DH
5. Victor Martinez, 1B
6. Johnny Peralta, SS
7. Andy Dirks, LF
8. Omar Infante, 2B
9. Alex Avila, C
Pitching: Doug Fister, RHP
1. Clete Thomas, CF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Ryan Doumit, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS
Pitching: P.J. Walters.