The Twins placed second baseman Orlando Hudson on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and called up catcher Jose Morales from Class AAA Rochester.
Hudson took some swings before Sunday's game but can't hit left-handed.
Morales returns to the majors after batting .280 with 2 homers and 24 RBI at Rochester. He began the season recovering from offseasoon wrist surgery and got off to a slow start at Rochester before turning things around recently.
``He' been swinging good,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``He feels good and has been hitting the baseball. This gives me a little protection with Joe (Mauer) too.''
Drew Butera is expected to remain the primary backup to Mauer,but Morales can pinch hit for him late in games if needed.
And, one of my spies in Rochester texted me that Morales took some ground balls at first base today.
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