MILWAUKEE — Rocco Baldelli doesn’t need to watch Rich Hill throw or talk to the veteran lefty to know how he’s feeling. Instead, a steady stream of others — players, coaches, staff — have approached Baldelli about the topic, making sure the manager is well-informed.

Hill, who is on the injured list with shoulder fatigue, threw a bullpen on Tuesday, Baldelli said. It went well, and the next step is to have the starter throw to hitters when the team returns to the Twin Cities. After that, they’ll schedule a date for Hill to get back in game action.

“I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but he’s still recruiting people to come in to explain to us how good he’s throwing the ball,” Baldelli said. “We have players, we have staff members, we have coaches all coming in the office. I don’t know if he’s paying them or not, but they’re nonstop showing up letting me know how good Rich looks.”

While the Rich Hill Fan Club is eager to see him back in action — Hill threw five scoreless innings in his Twins debut, his only start of the season to date — nobody is looking forward to it more than Hill himself.

But before they get him back onto the mound, the Twins are going to make sure he’s built up and recovering well, careful not to push him too far and risk further injury.

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“He’s been so excited, we’ve almost had to fend him off with a stick out of the office to keep him away because he’s so adamant,” Baldelli said.

Injury notes

Like Hill, Homer Bailey, another veteran starter, is also moving in the right direction, though at a slower pace.

Bailey (biceps tendinitis) did not make the long road trip with the team, instead staying back in the Twin Cities. The Twins had backed him off from throwing, but now Bailey is back to playing catch. Baldelli said Bailey had “a great session playing catch.”

“We’re going to stay on the throwing program and see where he is in a few days,” Baldelli said. “We’ll see him when we get him. … It’s nice to see him with the ball back in his hand.”

Baldelli had nothing new to report on the Josh Donaldson front as the third baseman remains sidelined with a calf strain. The next step, Baldelli said, is “higher-end agility, lateral movement, sprinting, things like that,” but the Twins have no timeline on when that will happen.

And reliever Zack Littell, on the injured list with a hamstring issue, appears on track to be activated from the injured list on Friday when the Twins return to Target Field.

Bobbleheads on sale

The Twins announced a limited-edition Twins Hall of Fame bobblehead set, which will feature bobbleheads of all 34 members of the Twins’ Hall of Fame. That will include Justin Morneau, who was elected this past offseason but had his induction ceremony delayed due to COVID-19.

The bobblehead set costs $499 and will begin to ship in November. The proceeds will benefit the Twins Community Fund. The bobblehead set goes on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.


Ildemaro Vargas, who the Twins traded for on Tuesday, has arrived in the Twin Cities. … Pitcher Devin Smeltzer celebrated 14 years of being cancer-free on Wednesday, posting about the milestone on social media. … The Twins will host their second diversity round table on Thursday night, inviting high-ranking women within the organization to speak on a Zoom call that fans can attend for free.