Hudson back with Twins, but not in lineup

Hudson back with Twins, but not in lineup

SEATTLE -- Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson said he'll find ways to keep himself busy on the club's bench over the next couple days, even if he won't be in the lineup.

"I'll be yelling," the loquacious Hudson said with a laugh. "That's me. I've got to keep the team going and myself going. Sitting down for a few days, there ain't much else I can do."

Hudson rejoined his teammates in Seattle on Tuesday, two days after injuring his surgically repaired left wrist while colliding with teammate Denard Span on the final play of Sunday night's contest against the Rangers.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said there is no exact timetable for Hudson's return as the team will take it day-by-day with the second baseman. Hudson said he wasn't exactly sure when he might be able to return to the field.

"It's in the Lord's hands," Hudson said. "It should be only a few days, I hope."

After the two players collided in the air while going for a fly ball hit by Vladimir Guerrero to shallow center field, Hudson said that his entire left arm went numb. It took most of the evening for the feeling to come back, but while it was a scary moment, Hudson said he knew that his wrist wasn't injured as badly as when he needed reconstructive surgery back in August of 2008.

"I didn't know if anything was broken, but I knew it wasn't as bad as the first time," Hudson said.

A CT scan of Hudson's left wrist showed no fractures and Hudson said Tuesday that his wrist is feeling better, although "I'm not going to say, 'A lot better.'"

Hudson spent quite a bit of time in the training room on Tuesday, getting treatment on his left wrist including electric stimulation therapy. He was smiling as he talked to reporters, wearing a bandage on his wrist with a chip in it.

The second baseman said he watched Monday night's game against the Mariners when Michael Cuddyer filled in at his position due to his absence and Alexi Casilla being bothered by a sore right elbow. Hudson was impressed by Cuddyer's willingness to move positions for the good of the team and help get the win. He also enjoyed watching the outfielder move back to the middle infield for a day.

"He looked good," Hudson said while adding, "That's the biggest second baseman I've ever seen. A big second baseman."