Twins shut down Condrey's elbow rehab
Right-hander reports setback after playing catch
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Clay Condrey, who is on the disabled list with a strained right elbow, suffered another setback when he tried to throw on WednesdayTwins manager Ron Gardenhire said Condrey played catch and said he still feels something in his arm. "I think he's a little flustered right now trying to figure out what's going on," Gardenhire said. The plan now is for the Twins to shut Condrey down again and re-evaluate. As for the other Twins reliever on the DL, Gardenhire said that Jose Mijares' left elbow is feeling much better. Mijares is scheduled to be re-evaluated Thursday. The pitcher won't travel with the team on its 10-day road trip, staying in Minnesota to rehab. But there is a chance the Twins could send Mijares out on a Minor League rehab assignment before his 15-day stint on the DL is up. Mijares is eligible to return on May 2.
Butera has treat for dad after first hit
MINNEAPOLIS -- Drew Butera grew up around baseball. His dad, Sal, was a backup catcher for parts of nine seasons in the Major Leagues with five different teams, including the Twins.So it's no surprise that Butera, who is now the Twins' backup catcher to Joe Mauer, had a lot of help from his father when he was learning the game. And it's why Butera thinks he'll give the ball from his first Major League hit, which he tallied on Thursday, to Sal. "Most likely I'm going to give it to my dad," said Drew Butera, who along with Sal Butera became the first father-son combo to play for the Twins. "For all the years, he's thrown me batting practice and hit me fungoes. That's probably what I'll do." Butera tallied the first hit by the Twins in Thursday's 8-1 loss with his one-out ground-ball single to left field in the third inning. It was the first at-bat in Butera's second Major League start behind the plate. "I would have liked to have it on a day when we won," Butera said. "But it's nice to get the first one."
Mauer, Hardy take day off to recover
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer didn't start for just the second time this season, as manager Ron Gardenhire decided to give him a rest for Thursday's series finale against the Indians.Gardenhire checked on Mauer this morning, and the catcher said he was feeling a little sore. So rather than push things, Gardenhire decided to give the start to backup Drew Butera, who made just his second Major League start. "It's a good time for him," Gardenhire said of giving Mauer a rest. "He's been catching every game except one. You knew it was going to come up one of these days where he got beat up with some foul tips, which was yesterday. He's a little sore, so it's a good day." Mauer wasn't the only Twins player who was a little banged up Thursday. Shortstop J.J. Hardy told Gardenhire that he had a sore knee but was willing to play. Instead, Gardenhire gave Hardy a rest, and Alexi Casilla got his first start of the season. The Twins are giving another day to Nick Punto, who has been dealing with a sore groin muscle. The hope is that Punto can get back on the field for Friday's game in Kansas City, but the weather forecast is calling for rain and Gardenhire said they won't run him out there if the field is wet.
Neshek will be available to pitch Friday
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins bullpen looks like it will be back at full strength on Friday for the start of their series with the Royals in Kansas City.Pat Neshek threw a bullpen session on Thursday morning, and pitching coach Rick Anderson reported that Neshek felt great. The right-hander has been battling a sore flexor tendon in his right middle finger. The Twins had been considering a possible disabled list stint for Neshek, who hasn't thrown since April 14, if the bullpen session hadn't gone well. Since Neshek threw a bullpen session on Thursday, he's considered emergency-only for the series finale against the Indians, but he should be available out of the 'pen on Friday.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.