Nelson Cruz has been activated by the Twins after 10 days on the injured list because of a torn wrist ligament. The 39-year-old designated hitter, who has 32 home runs in only 87 games, will be in the lineup and hitting third tonight when the Twins play host to the White Sox at Target Field (7:10 p.m., FSN).
Cruz ruptured a ligament in his left wrist Aug. 8 and immediately went on the injured list, but he discovered that the tear actually relieved the pain he had been feeling for months, and specialists agreed he can resume playing without having it surgically repaired.
Reliever Zack Littell was sent to Class AAA Rochester. The righthander has pitched in 19 games for the Twins and is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA.
The Twins are coming off a 5-1 road trip and play the next six at home, with three against the White Sox and three against Detroit.
Today's Twins podcast with Phil Miller is here.
Oh, and the spring training schedule is out.
Max Kepler is not in the starting lineup but is available off of the bench. He left Sunday's game against the Rangers with heat-related illness. Luis Arraez is batting leadoff tonight.
Byron Buxton hasn't done much baseball activity besides lightly swinging a bat. It's looking more and more like he won't be back until the end of the month or, possibly, early September. Buxton will have to be cleared for baseball-relatated activites and being working out with the team. Then, manager Rocco Baldelli indicated, Buxton would need a couple of minor leagues to prove he's healthy before they would be ready to bring him back. That sounds like another two weeks to me.
Luis Arraez, 2B
Jorge Polanco, SS
Nelson Cruz, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
Miguel Sano, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, RF
Jake Cave, CF
C.J. Cron, 1B
Jason Castro, C
Kyle Gibson, P