Justin Morneau is still out with the stomach flu. He apparently went through three i.v. bags yesterday.
``Weather conditions plus he's not feeling great,'' Gardy said. ``No chance to put him out there. I'm don't know exactly what he could do to help us tonight, if anything. Probabaly not too much. We'll see tomorrow.''
Delmon Young has a sore rib (they aren't calling it an oblique yet) in addition to feeling under the weather.
``Flu bug plus a rib issue where he hurt himself swinging in b.p. yesterday,'' Gardenhire said. ``He's a little sore in his ribs, so we will monitor that day by day. Plus a little flu bug too, a little sick last night. Been fighting it off and on. I don't know how much he can do tonight. I don't think I can let him swing.''
Matt Capps can't be used tonight after pitching in three straight games.
That leaves manager Ron Gardenhire down to 22 available players for tonight's game. He doesn't want to use righthander Jim Hoey but might need him for one batter.
That leaves a two-man bench of Steve Holm and Jason Repko. Wowzer.
What an April. The Twins have a few guys under the weather and five players have already been called up from Class AAA Rochester. According to Red Wings beat writer Jim Mandelaro, it's the first time since 1988 that five Red Wings players have been called up to the majors in April.
Gardy even said he might need a pitcher to pinch run tonight, and tabbed Francisco Liriano and Brian Duensing as candidates. I asked the pitchers who's would win a 40-yard dash, and they said Scott Baker would dominate. Duensing said he once ran a 6.65 60-yard dash in college, but that was before get focused on pitching.
I would have guess Frankie. But Baker is the fitness king of the team.
Eric Hacker is here and ready to be the long man out of the bullpen. He said he warms up pretty quickly so he might be a good fit for the bullpen. He and Steve Holm were teammates at Class AAA Fresno last season, and Hacker said Holm caught him for 20-25 of his starts.
One more thing: With Capps out, Gardenhire gave no indication who would close tonight if needed. He said we'd have to wait and see who came out when the gate opens. He added that it won't be April.
Once again, what an April.
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Matt Tolbert, 2B
3. Jason Kubel, LF
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Luke Hughes, 1B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Alexi Casilla, SS
Pitching: Carl Pavano, RHP
1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Nick Markakis, RF
3. Derek Lee, 1B
4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Luke Scott, LF
6. Adam Jones, CF
7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
8. Matt Wieters, C
9. Robert Andino, SS
Pitching: Jake Arrieta, RHP