Morneau out, to get wrist checked on Monday
Twins won't have first baseman back until after meeting
MINNEAPOLIS -- First baseman Justin Morneau missed his second consecutive game on Saturday, and he is scheduled to be held out until Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
Morneau, who has been bothered by a sore left wrist, is scheduled to meet with local hand specialist Thomas Varecka on Monday's off-day.
"He's had that thing and he's going to see Dr. Varecka -- our hand guy -- and he wants to check all the information out there," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "So it doesn't make any sense for me to put him out there until Dr. Varecka sees him."
Morneau has also been bothered by a pinched nerve in his neck and left shoulder, and he is hitting just .225 with a .281 on-base percentage and .338 slugging percentage this year.
"His results haven't been very good, and that's because he's swinging one handed," Gardenhire said. "So if we can let these doctors see him and then get him out there, it'll make all of us feel a lot better."
Injury roundup: Mauer moving closer to return
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer worked out at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday and is scheduled to catch again on Sunday with Class A Fort Myers.
Mauer, who caught his third straight game on Friday, is scheduled to catch again on Monday and will either serve as the designated hitter or catch on Tuesday, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Mauer is also scheduled to take some swings against right-hander Joe Nathan -- who flew to Fort Myers on Saturday to begin his rehab assignment -- on Wednesday. It appears likely that Mauer won't head to Triple-A Rochester and will instead stay in Florida before being activated from the disabled list late next week.
"On Wednesday, he is definitely going to take some live BP off Joe Nathan," Gardenhire said. "He wants to do that."
Gardenhire and Twins trainer Rick McWane also gave updates on the rest of the injured Twins, including left-hander Glen Perkins (right oblique strain), who is scheduled to pitch an inning with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.
Right-hander Kevin Slowey (abdominal strain) threw from 150 feet on Saturday and is slated to throw off a mound for the first time since his injury on Sunday.
Outfielder Jason Kubel (left foot sprain) also took batting practice on the field for the first time on Saturday, while designated hitter Jim Thome worked out a day after having an epidural in his back to relieve soreness in his back and left quad on Friday.
Outfielder Denard Span is feeling much better, as his concussion symptoms and whiplash in his neck are subsiding after Friday's home-plate collision with Royals catcher Brayan Pena.
Closer Matt Capps was expected to be available on Saturday after being held out the last two games with soreness in his right wrist.
Perry inducted into Twins Hall of Fame
MINNEAPOLIS -- One of only three Cy Young Award winners in Twins history, right-hander Jim Perry was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Perry, the 1970 Cy Young Award winner, was honored in an on-field pregame ceremony before the Twins played the Rangers at Target Field.
"I've been really looking forward to a day like today," Perry said. "It's great to be with the group, the other Minnesota Hall of Famers.
"Minnesota, my family really, they still call it home up here."
Past inductees joining Perry for the ceremony included Rick Aguilera, Gary Gaetti, Tom Kelly, Tony Oliva, Rod Carew and Bert Blyleven.
A teammate and rookie during Perry's Cy Young season, Blyleven introduced Perry before his induction speech. Perry said after the ceremony he planned to be in New York on July 24th for Blyleven's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
"He still calls me 'Dad' and he calls my wife, 'Mom,'" Perry said of Blyleven. "That's the way Bert is all the time.
"I was here in October, I said, 'You're not in the Hall of Fame yet, but when they come up in January, you'll be on that and I'm going to be there when you're inducted.'"
After Oliva and Carew unveiled Perry's plaque, Perry tossed a ceremonial first pitch to his former teammate and manager, Frank Quilici.
The ceremony also honored the deceased members of the Twins Hall of Fame, including Harmon Killebrew, who recently passed after batting esophageal cancer. Perry said Killebrew was the first person to greet him when he arrived in Minnesota back in 1963.
"I really missed having Harmon, I thought Harmon would be here," Perry said. "The last time I saw him, he was doing pretty good, but that changed real quick."
Perry, 75, is the older brother of 72-year-old Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. Between the two of them, the Perry brothers won 529 games and three Cy Young Awards, as Gaylord won the honor in 1972 with the Indians and in '78 with the Padres.
The Perry brothers are the second-winningest brother combination in baseball history behind Joe and Phil Niekro, who had 539 victories between them.
Nishioka moves up to Triple-A Rochester
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka moved a step closer on Saturday to returning to the big league club, joining Triple-A Rochester on the road in Toledo.
Nishioka flew from Fort Myers to Toledo in the morning and was expected to be in the Red Wings' lineup on Saturday night, according to Twins head trainer Rick McWane.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before Saturday's game that he was happy to hear Nishioka was headed to Triple-A.
"I talked with him on the phone, told him what we'd like him to do, and he had no problem with that," Gardenhire said. "He's excited to go up in a new place, a new venue, and get after it."
In four games at Fort Myers, Nishioka batted .333, collecting four hits in 12 at-bats, including a double and an RBI. Nishioka also stole a base, walked twice and struck out twice.
As he moves from Class A to Triple-A, Nishioka will face much better competition, while also dealing with an increase in fans and media that will better prepare him for a return to the Major Leagues.
If everything goes as planned, Nishioka should make his return to the Twins during their current homestand.
"It's a big move when we have to do something like that," Gardenhire said. "But that's what we want. We want him to get some swings against some [Triple-A] pitching. He should be able to join us by midweek."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.