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10/10/09 5:00 PM EST

Tolbert out for ALDS with oblique strain

Twins activate infielder Buscher for Game 3, beyond

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins infielder Matt Tolbert was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a left oblique strain that he suffered in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Minnesota activated infielder Brian Buscher in place of Tolbert, who will also have to miss the Twins' next series, should they advance after falling into a 2-0 hole in the American League Division Series.

Tolbert heard the pop in his first at-bat Friday, and he knew something wasn't right. He was trying to lay off a pitch from Yankees starter A.J. Burnett, but ended up pulling his left oblique.

"I knew I popped it," Tolbert said. "I did a check swing on a low inside slider, a quick body jerk. I felt a pop."

Yet Tolbert tried to play through the pain, not wanting to exit his second career postseason game. After his second at-bat of the night, however, the pain became too much.

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"It finally got to the point where I couldn't throw across the infield or run," Tolbert said. "I knew if I had to make a play or try and score a run, I might be able to do it."

Tolbert was replaced by utility infielder Brendan Harris, who hit an RBI triple later in the game. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Harris will get the start at third base Sunday in Game 3.

Since getting called up in early September, Tolbert has hit .333 while making 18 starts at third base. His recent success makes the injury even tougher.

"It's frustrating, my only chance to play in the playoffs," Tolbert said.

Tyler Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.