MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins placed second baseman Orlando Hudson on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a sprained left wrist, and they used the roster spot to reinstate outfielder Michael Cuddyer from the bereavement list.

This weekend the Twins had indicated it was likely that Hudson would be placed on the DL. The move was made retroactive to May 31 meaning that Hudson will be eligible to come off the DL on June 15.

Hudson went to Arizona to see hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, who performed the previous two surgeries on the wrist, and Sheridan confirmed the recommendation that Hudson needed a few more days to let his wrist heal.

"It's not anything [major such as] surgery," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Just from where he had the surgery, he took a big hit on it and we just have to give him 5-6 more days and he should be fine and ready to go. If you try to go before then, it's probably not a good thing."

Hudson injured his surgically-repaired left wrist in a collision with center fielder Denard Span on the final play of a game against the Texas Rangers on May 30. An MRI of Hudson's wrist the day after the collision had showed no acute [new] damage but the injury has been slower to heal than first expected.

Cuddyer returned to the team on Tuesday after missing four games to attend the funeral of his father-in-law in Virginia. The original plan had been to send third baseman Danny Valencia back to Triple-A Rochester when Cuddyer was reinstated but instead the club put Hudson on the DL. Valencia was in the lineup at third base for Tuesday's series opener against the Royals.

Hardy receives cortisone shot in wrist

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins shortstop J.J. Hardy avoided going on the 15-day disabled, at least for now, as he received a cortisone shot in his sore left wrist on Tuesday.

Hardy said he saw local hand specialist, Dr. Tom Varecka, to have another MRI on his wrist and it revealed nothing more than the bone bruise he suffered on May 4. The shortstop began taking new medication to help battle some of the inflammation in his wrist on Saturday, and he told Varecka that it's helped.

So Varecka recommended for Hardy to have the cortisone shot and the club will re-evaluate him again on Thursday.

"It was just to the point where the whole wrist started hurting from me favoring it in ways that I probably haven't used it," Hardy said. "I think it was just getting inflamed in other areas so they figured a shot couldn't hurt. So we'll try that and hopefully in two days it feels a lot better and I'll start playing again."

If the shot does not help Hardy's wrist then he said the next step would be to immobilize it for 5-7 days. So at that point, the club would put Hardy on the DL, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said they would likely call up shortstop Trevor Plouffe from Triple-A Rochester.

Hardy said that the only time he's felt pain in his wrist is when he's swinging the bat. He said he was told by Varecka that one of the bones in his wrist is rubbing against the one that's bruised when he swings. He's hoping the rest will help get rid of that pain.

"There's really nothing I can do," Hardy said. "I want to play, but if it's not going to get better, and I have to play with it the rest of the season, that might not be the way to go. I'm hoping these five days and a cortisone shot will do it. If not, they mentioned wrapping it up for 5-7 days and not moving it at all, just to give it a chance to heal."