Despite callups, Twins stuck with short bench

Despite callups, Twins stuck with short bench

MINNEAPOLIS -- September is typically the time of year when managers have a little more flexibility with their rosters thanks to callups.

But that isn't exactly the case for the Twins right now due to their long list of injuries. Manager Ron Gardenhire said that even though his club added catcher Jose Morales and infielder Trevor Plouffe on Wednesday, the team is still playing without a full 25-man roster due to the injuries to Jim Thome, Orlando Hudson and Jason Kubel. His hope is still perhaps to convince general manager Bill Smith to bring one more player up to Minnesota before the Triple-A season ends on Monday.

"The luxury that you have [in September] is the bench gets a little bit thicker when you get people up here," Gardenhire said. "I'm still asking for more and haven't received it yet. But that's kind of where I'm at right now. I'd like to add maybe another player just because of the injuries."

In addition to some of those injured players hopefully ready to return in the next couple days, the Twins should also be getting some players back from the disabled list soon. Infielder Nick Punto is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday, although it seems like his strained left hamstring will require a few more days than that. The club is trying to be careful with the hamstring this time around after Punto re-injured himself in his first game back from the DL.