Tuesday, April 24, 2007

White, Cirillo feeling good

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Rondell White (calf) is feeling much better and, if that continues, White would run the bases tomorrow and could return in a couple days. Luis Castillo (quad) is increasing his activity, but still doesn't want to move around too much.

And, one final injury update: Jeff Cirillo (knee) hit out of the cage and took batting practice. He's also taking ground balls. Gardenhire said the utility infielder should be ready to return to the lineup in a week to 10 days.

Jason Tyner is hitting leadoff tonight as the designated hitter. Alexi Casilla, starting at second for Castillo, is moving to ninth in the order. Gardenhire said that, because Casilla hasn't seen any of the pitchers in the majors, hitting ninth could help him get an idea of how to approach that night's pitcher.

With that, the lineups ...

Jason Tyner DH
Nick Punto 3B
Joe Mauer C
Michael Cuddyer RF
Justin Morneau 1B
Torii Hunter CF
Jason Kubel LF
Jason Bartlett SS
Alexi Casilla 2B
Johan Santana P

Grady Sizemore CF
Casey Blake 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Victor Martinez C
Ryan Garko 1B
Trot Nixon RF
Jason Michaels LF
Mike Rouse SS
Josh Barfield 2B
Fausto Carmona P