ARLINGTON -- Michael Cuddyer is fully aware that he's been the subject of trade rumors this season, and that Sunday's non-waiver Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching.
But Cuddyer, who has been the club's best hitter while also playing first base, second base, right field -- and even pitching a scoreless inning in Monday's 20-6 loss -- is doing his best to block the thoughts of being dealt before the Deadline.
"You try not to," said Cuddyer, when asked whether he thinks about the various trade rumors. "It's funny. The only time you don't think about it is when you're out there playing and competing, because you have a job at hand and you want to get it done and go out there and win. Your way of getting away from it is going out there and playing. People would think you might think about it more out there, but it's when you think about it less."
Cuddyer has been linked to the Angels, Giants, Red Sox, Braves and Phillies in recent weeks, but the Twins seem more likely to add a reliever at the Trade Deadline than deal a player like Cuddyer. So although Cuddyer knows this is a big week for the Twins, he said it's important not to lose focus.
"You can't really look at it as a whole week," he said. "I've said it time and time again, but you have to just look at tonight. And once tonight is over with, we worry about tomorrow. Once you start looking at six, seven or 10 games in advance, you start getting overwhelmed."
Migraines force Morneau to take day off
ARLINGTON -- Justin Morneau suffered from migraine headaches during a workout on Monday, and took Tuesday off to recuperate after seeing doctors, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.
Morneau, who underwent surgery on his neck on June 29 and missed the second half of last season with a concussion, is expected to resume working out on Wednesday if he feels better.
"Morneau will be backed off a couple of days and is seeing some doctors," Gardenhire said. "He has migraine headaches. It has nothing to do with his concussion, and it has nothing to do with his neck. It's just migraine headaches, so they're giving him medicine."
Morneau has been working out in recent weeks but has yet to swing a bat, which is the next step in his recovery from the surgery that removed a herniated disk fragment in his neck.
Sleep eludes Gardy after Twins' tough loss
ARLINGTON -- Manager Ron Gardenhire had a difficult time going to sleep after his club's 20-6 loss to the Rangers on Monday night.
Gardenhire, who had never seen his club allow 20 runs in a game, didn't fall asleep until around 3:00 a.m., but he's happy that baseball always brings a new day.
"You don't have a choice," Gardenhire said. "You have to play. You turn around and go to sleep and wake up and prepare for the next game. In baseball there is no choice. You don't have to watch too much film on yesterday's game. There's no sense in going over a game like that."
Gardenhire's biggest problem with the loss is that it depleted his bullpen, as only Matt Capps, Glen Perkins and Joe Nathan are available on Tuesday, although Anthony Swarzak and Alex Burnett could be used in an emergency.
That's why Gardenhire hopes right-hander Carl Pavano can go deep to help alleviate the bullpen's woes.
"What we need is a start," he said. "Carl is going to have stay out there tonight. He better get them out, or his ERA is going to be infinity. We need him to pitch innings."
Span gets another day off in rehab assignment
ARLINGTON -- Denard Span had a second straight day off in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, but he is expected to be in the lineup on Wednesday.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said that Span had problems traveling from Indianapolis to Louisville, as he was bumped from the first flight and the second one was cancelled, causing him to get in too late to play in Tuesday night's game.
"He's not playing today but will be back in action tomorrow," Gardenhire said. "He has two days off. He had hard travel but has been working out."
Span needs to play consecutive full games in center field before he returns to action with the Twins, so he's at least a week away from rejoining the club.