MILWAUKEE -- Had they been playing by American League rules, Joe Mauer likely would have been in the Twins lineup on Sunday as the designated hitter.
With DH not an option in the Twins' final Interleague road game of the season, Mauer was out of the lineup for the day game after Saturday's night game. And that's part of the reason why Twins manager Ron Gardenhire would like Mauer to get comfortable at first base.
"Yeah, definitely, if he could play first base, he probably would be playing first base today," Gardenhire said. "Or third base, or somewhere. That's why I want to explore all the options we have to keep his bat in the lineup as much as we possibly can, especially when all these people are hurting."
When the Twins return home after their series with the Brewers, Mauer will put in some work at first base to get comfortable with the new position.
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Gardenhire said Mauer is still working his way back behind the plate, but should have more time to get acclimated to first base when the Twins are back home. He also said he'd like to have Mauer work with special assistant to the GM -- and former Twins manager -- Tom Kelly at first base, but has no plans for that as of yet.
"I'd love to, but I don't think Joe's ready for that one," Gardenhire said. "TK's as good ... as I've ever been around, as far as teaching people at first base -- absolutely."
Gardenhire prefers a week's rehab for Kubel
MILWAUKEE -- Twins outfielder Jason Kubel (left foot sprain) is getting close to a rehab stint, and his manager would like it to include as many as seven games.
Ron Gardenhire said Kubel could play as few as four Minor League rehab games, but he'd prefer to see Kubel get about 28 to 30 at-bats over a week of games at either Class A Fort Myers or Triple-A Rochester.
"I've seen guys come back with 15 or 20 at-bats, and I just think -- you've been out a month, 30 at-bats is probably a pretty good thing," Gardenhire said. "I know we originally talked about four days, but when we get home, I'm going to maybe talk about a little bit more."
Kubel ran the bases with no issue on Saturday, and was scheduled to do the same on Sunday.
Twins head trainer Rick McWane also gave updates on Denard Span (concussion), Kevin Slowey (abdominal strain) and Delmon Young (right ankle sprain).
McWane said Span was scheduled to work out on Sunday at Target Field and is still slated to be evaluated when the team returns home.
Slowey threw 35 pitches in two innings with no problems on Saturday night, allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts for the Fort Myers Miracle. His next outing is scheduled for Wednesday.
"He is going to pitch on the 29th, three to four innings, 50 pitches," McWane said. "We haven't decided where he's going to pitch."
Young, who left Saturday's game after injuring his ankle in the fifth inning, will have an MRI on Monday after the Twins return home.
Tosoni doesn't mind quick turnaround
MILWAUKEE -- When he learned that he had been recalled and added to the Twins' 25-man roster on Saturday, Rene Tosoni had to scramble to get his laundry done. He had only been home four hours, and had plenty to clean before catching a flight at 6 a.m. on Sunday.
Of course, he didn't mind, since it meant Tosoni would be back with the big league club again just one day after being optioned. Tosoni flew from Milwaukee to Rochester and back, logging just over 1,200 miles in less than 24 hours.
"When I got called up, I was in Columbus, and I've been living in hotels since," Tosoni said. "Traveling kind of sucks, but it's all right. I'm happy to be here."
Tosoni didn't even see anyone with the Red Wings, who were in Syracuse on Saturday before returning home Sunday.
After not getting much sleep Saturday night, Tosoni spent about five hours traveling Sunday morning, leaving Rochester, N.Y., at 6:10 a.m. ET and arriving in Milwaukee at 10:07 a.m. CT.
Said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire: "That trip going down is never as fun as the one coming back."
Twins ink fourth-round pick Summers
MILWAUKEE -- The Twins announced on Sunday that they have signed right-hander Matt Summers, their fourth-round pick out of UC-Irvine.
Summers, the 18th Draft pick signed by the Twins from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, is the second-highest pick signed behind second-rounder Madison Boer, also a right-hander.
Previously drafted by the Yankees, Summers was the Big West Pitcher of the Year in 2011. He was 11-2 with a 1.72 ERA, striking out 96 batters in 109 2/3 innings in 16 starts. He tossed the fourth no-hitter in school history against Long Beach State.
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.