MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins placed second baseman Orlando Hudson on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a sprained left wrist, and they used the roster spot to reinstate outfielder Michael Cuddyer from the bereavement list. This weekend the Twins had indicated it was likely that Hudson would be placed on the DL. The move was made retroactive to May 31 meaning that Hudson will be eligible to come off the DL on June 15. Hudson went to Arizona to see hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, who performed the previous two surgeries on the wrist, and Sheridan confirmed the recommendation that Hudson needed a few more days to let his wrist heal.
"It's not anything [major such as] surgery," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Just from where he had the surgery, he took a big hit on it and we just have to give him 5-6 more days and he should be fine and ready to go. If you try to go before then, it's probably not a good thing." Hudson injured his surgically-repaired left wrist in a collision with center fielder Denard Span on the final play of a game against the Texas Rangers on May 30. An MRI of Hudson's wrist the day after the collision had showed no acute [new] damage but the injury has been slower to heal than first expected. Cuddyer returned to the team on Tuesday after missing four games to attend the funeral of his father-in-law in Virginia. The original plan had been to send third baseman Danny Valencia back to Triple-A Rochester when Cuddyer was reinstated but instead the club put Hudson on the DL. Valencia was in the lineup at third base for Tuesday's series opener against the Royals.