Marwin Gonzalez took some grounders, Byron Buxton took some swings and Ehire Adrianza pronounced himself ready to go once his 10 days on the injured list are up.
The Twins returned to Target Field on Tuesday, reuniting with Gonzalez and Adrianza, who stayed back from the last road trip, and receiving positive news on the injury front.
Buxton, who was eligible to come off the IL on Tuesday, said Sunday that he was feeling good but not yet 100 percent. During his recovery from being hit by a pitch on the right wrist, the Twins, have been giving him a day off in between hitting.
“There are a few spots in the zone where he still feels the deep bruise, and it’s still maybe bothering him a little bit,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “But I think he’s getting close to the point where he can go out there and face some live pitching.”
Baldelli said it was a possibility that Buxton would be sent out on a rehab assignment. The Twins plan to have him hit again either Wednesday or Thursday.
Gonzalez, who strained his right hamstring, ran at 70 percent on Tuesday after spending the previous days doing exercise and rehab in the training room. It was the first time Gonzalez, who has played all four infield positions and in the outfield this season, had tested out running since getting injured, he said. He was also out in the infield early pregame taking grounders.
“It felt good. I didn’t feel anything. I feel 100 percent taking ground balls. The running, I feel a little bit tight still, but nothing bad,” Gonzalez said. “Even though I was a little bit tight, it was 100 percent better than how it was in my last two games.”
Adrianza, a backup infielder who is dealing with abdominal issues, said he is feeling much better. Adrianza said he has dealt with stomach irritation since he was a child and expects to deal with it for the rest of his life.
Before he was placed on the IL, he was dealing with some weakness, but time off has helped with that, he said. His doctors recommended making changes to his diet.
“It’s difficult. When the game ends at 11:30, maybe 12, you don’t have too many choices to eat,” Adrianza said. “… My tummy’s more like a baby, I think. Just eat better. No fried foods, all that kind of stuff. More veggies.”
Adrianza said he is feeling pretty good now and thinks he is ready to go. Baldelli, too, said he thinks Adrianza should be in “a good spot” to come off the IL at 10 days or pretty close to that.
“I was working out here every day. Hitting, doing a workout so I’m pretty sharp with my baseball activities,” he said. “I’ll be ready to go on Friday, I think.”
MOYA RELEASED, TORREYES REINSTATED
The Twins designated lefty Gabriel Moya for assignment. Moya had been pitching at Triple-A Rochester, where he had a 7.36 ERA in 19 games spanning 22 innings this season. The 24-year-old had posted a career 4.64 ERA in 42 2/3 innings with the Twins between 2017 and 2018.
They made the move to make room for infielder Ronald Torreyes, who was activated from the restricted list. Torreyes was transferred from Triple-A to Single-A Advanced Fort Myers.