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04/17/08 1:15 AM ET

Everett's MRI is good news

No tear found; shortstop gets cortisone shot

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins shortstop Adam Everett underwent an MRI on his sore right shoulder on Wednesday and the result was good news, as no tear was found.

Everett was given a cortisone shot to help him deal with what the doctors believe to be tendinitis in his shoulder. Everett said they will know in 2-3 days if the shot works or whether the team will have to explore other options for dealing with the soreness and loss of arm strength.

"It's been hurting for a little while," Everett said. "It finally got bad enough where I had to tell [the team]. It's tough for me to go. That's when we got it checked out."

The shortstop was out of the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Rays, the fourth time in the last six games he's sat out.

"He can pinch-run," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Everett. "And if we got in an emergency situation, I would imagine he would say, 'I'm fine, I'll play.' But I don't plan on using him...I don't want to take a chance with his arm."

Everett, who couldn't put an exact timetable on when his shoulder started hurting, has never had arm problems previously. As a member of the Astros last season, he missed a little over three months with a broken leg. Gardenhire said he believes that could be a factor in why Everett was hesitant to admit that his arm was really hurting him.

"He wants to play," Gardenhire said. "He didn't want to take himself out. He signed here to play. ... But he has no arm strength. It's not getting better. It's getting worse. He finally admitted it to me. He said, 'It is bothering me,' and now we get the MRI and see what we have to do next."

Nick Punto got the start at shortstop in place of Everett on Wednesday. Gardenhire said that he will try to mix and match Punto and infielder Matt Tolbert in the spot while Everett is out. Although the skipper added that Tolbert is currently battling a slight case of the flu.

"He's game on and can play so no worries about that," Gardenhire said of Tolbert. "Nicky has been swinging very good lately. We'll mix those two in there, all around the infield. I like them all. I think we have a good infield here. I think they can all move around and play. So we'll be fine."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.