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Twins’ Cruz deemed OK after MRI to investigate wrist discomfort

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) hits a two run sacrifice fly in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, May 11, at Target Field. David Berding / USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS -- A day after finding out they avoided the worst with pitcher Martin Perez, who took a batted ball off the foot in Sunday’s game, the Minnesota Twins appear to have escaped serious injury with designated hitter Nelson Cruz, too.

Cruz, who left Sunday’s game with left wrist soreness, said his MRI on Monday, May 13, came out clean.

He is day-to-day but appeared confident that he would avoid the injured list and be able to swing a bat Tuesday or Wednesday.

“It’s just something that we’re going to have to manage on a day-to-day basis and see how he’s doing and see how he’s feeling,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Again, he’s a guy that knows his body very well, so we ask a lot of questions and he can generally give us the answers.”

Cruz experienced wrist pain at the end of the 2016 season, but he said this is the first time his wrist has bothered him since then. That time, he played through it. This time, he doesn’t need to.

“That was the end of the year, so you’re focusing on ‘I’ve got 10 games,’ or whatever how many games you have,” Cruz said. This is a different story. We’ve got a lot of games to go. You don’t want to be dealing with it for a long time.”

So it’ll just be a test of his patience until the Twins slugger is ready to get back on the field.

“I have to be a good kid (and) just be patient,” Cruz said.

SCHOOP DAY-TO-DAY

Jonathan Schoop is also day-to-day, dealing with soreness in his left shoulder, Baldelli said.

Monday marked the second consecutive day that the second baseman, who was wearing a big ice pack on his shoulder before the game, was out of the starting lineup. Baldelli said Schoop was available if needed.

CAVE DOWN; DUFFEY BACK UP

Tyler Duffey arrived back at the Twins clubhouse Monday afternoon to find there wasn’t a locker with his name plate on it.

The Twins quickly found one for Duffey, who returned after being sent back after Saturday’s doubleheader. The right-hander served as the 26th man in the doubleheader, making him eligible to return in less than 10 days.

Duffey took the spot of fourth outfielder Jake Cave, who was unable to find much playing time behind Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler.

“Getting through the weekend, the doubleheader actually does change some things,” Baldelli said. “You’re forced to cover more innings simply and we were in a spot where I think Duff fits well with what we need right now. On top of that, he’s been throwing the ball very well both here and in Rochester, so I think it made a lot of sense.”

Duffey has pitched in five games spanning 6 1/3 innings for the Twins this season with a 1.42 earned-run average. In Rochester, he has posted a 1.32 ERA in seven games.

“I’ve obviously thrown well in Rochester and I’ve been working on the plan that we set up in spring,” Duffey said. “The results, obviously, in my last outing here, were very nice, so hopefully I keep throwing well.”