Cuddyer making slow progress
Outfielder runs some, may go to instructional league soon
MINNEAPOLIS -- One day after being cleared to start running, outfielder Michael Cuddyer ran at "about 60 percent" on Wednesday afternoon.Manager Ron Gardenhire said that he's unsure how quickly that percentage will be able to go up for Cuddyer, who broke his left foot on Aug. 8. But Gardenhire indicated that the hope is that Cuddyer could possibly be ready to go to instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla., sometime this upcoming week. That would be shortly before the Twins head to St. Petersburg for a four-game series, which concludes their final 10-game road trip of the year. And then if everything went well during his at-bats in instructional league, Cuddyer could possibly rejoin the club for its series against the Rays. Exactly what role that Cuddyer would play when he returned is still uncertain, although it would likely be in a pinch-hit role. "We're just going to let him get well first," Gardenhire said. "Maybe when he gets to the point where he can run a little bit, and maybe put a swing on it, then we'll see what he can do."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.