BOSTON -- Twins Minor League outfielder Michael Harrington was issued a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Andarine, a performance-enhancing substance.Harrington, 24, had been playing for the Twins' Class A Fort Myers affiliate in the Florida State League. He was batting .145 (12-for-83), with five RBIs in 24 games for the Miracle. Harrington was a 13th-round pick for the Twins in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
His suspension will begin immediately.
Hardy's stay on DL to last a little longer
BOSTON -- It appears that Twins shortstop J.J. Hardy will miss the first opportunity to play against his former team, as he might not be activated from the disabled list until after this weekend's series with the Brewers."It's not looking like he's going to be ready for the weekend," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox. "It's almost a guarantee." Hardy, who is currently on the DL with a deep bone bruise in his left wrist, was eligible to return as early as Thursday, but he has been unable to do anything besides hit off a tee. While Gardenhire said that Hardy reported that his wrist felt better on Thursday, the Twins want to see him progress further than hitting off a tee before they consider activating him from the DL. "It's going to be close, I think," Hardy told MLB.com over the phone. "I'm not going to throw it totally out of the window because I want to play. I've played catch, I've taken grounders with no problem. Swinging the bat still hurts. "So, I don't know. I'm kind of shooting to get back this weekend, but realistically, I don't know if it's going to happen." The Twins will likely give Hardy the weekend to continue to make progress with his wrist. The club then has an off-day on Monday before opening a three-game series at home against the Yankees. Gardenhire said that his best guess is that Hardy could be activated in time to play against New York. Prior to their series against the Red Sox, the Twins went to 13 pitchers, with the expectation that they would send down one of those pitchers to activate Hardy. Although Hardy won't be ready on Friday, Gardenhire said Minnesota will go back to a 12-man pitching staff for its series with Milwaukee. So the club made a roster move after Thursday's 6-2 loss, optioning right-hander Jeff Manship back to Triple-A Rochester and recalling infielder Trevor Plouffe. Plouffe had seemed the most likely option to get the call. Infielder Matt Tolbert, who was optioned to Triple-A Rochester in order to make room Manship on Tuesday, cannot be brought back up to the Majors for 10 days. Luke Hughes, who got a callup earlier this season, is currently on the disabled list at Rochester with a strained groin. A first-round pick of the Twins in the 2004 Draft, Plouffe was one of three players -- including Tolbert and Hughes -- who were discussed to be brought up when Hardy was first put on the disabled list. Plouffe is a natural shortstop, who has batted .303 (46-for-152) in 38 games for the Red Wings. He'll join the Twins in time for Fridays's contest with the Brewers.
Next session to determine Condrey's path
BOSTON -- Right-hander Clay Condrey is scheduled to throw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Friday in Minnesota, and if everything goes well, the pitcher will be on his way to Florida this weekend to begin facing hitters.Condrey has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a strained right elbow. He's expected to go to Fort Myers, Fla., where he can pitch in extended spring contests. Pat Neshek could soon join Condrey in Florida, according to manager Ron Gardenhire, but he's scheduled to throw two more bullpen sessions this weekend before the club makes a decision on whether Neshek is ready to start facing hitters.
Mauer No. 2 on Sporting News' list
BOSTON -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer was voted second on the Sporting News' list of the 50 Greatest Players in Baseball Today.Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols finished first in the balloting, receiving 67 first-place votes while Mauer earned 41. The list was selected by an all-star panel of 125 people, which included 18 Hall of Famers, 12 Cy Young Award winners, eight league MVPs, nine Silver Slugger winners, 15 Rookies of the Year and seven Managers of the Year, among others. Justin Morneau was the only other Twins player to make the list, coming in at No. 23.
The Twins entered Thursday's contest holding a .302 batting average with two outs this season, which ranks first in the Majors. Joe Mauer leads the Twins with a .478 average (22-for-46) and six doubles and nine RBIs in two-out situations. ... The Twins' Triple-A Rochester affiliate faced Stephen Strasburg, last year's No. 1 overall Draft pick by the Nationals, on Wednesday night. The right-hander gave up three hits in 6 1/3 innings and struck out nine as he increased his record to 3-0.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.