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Rauch's left ankle feeling better on Tuesday

Rauch's left ankle feeling better on Tuesday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins closer Jon Rauch was walking around the clubhouse without any problems on Tuesday afternoon, one day after he took a line drive from Indians' left fielder Trevor Crowe off his left ankle.

X-rays on Rauch's ankle on Monday night were negative and the swelling had appeared to be reduced drastically by Tuesday. But it will likely be someone other than Rauch who will close Tuesday's game for the Twins if there is a save situation.

"He says he's available but we probably won't use him tonight," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll see where we're at [Wednesday]. But he said he can pitch."

Gardenhire didn't give any hints as to who he might turn to in a closing situation should it arise.

"We'll see where we get to in the game," Gardenhire said. "First we get to the ninth inning with a lead, then we'll see where we're at and who's available."

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