X-rays on Kubel's wrist come back clean

X-rays on Kubel's wrist come back clean

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jason Kubel had an X-ray and an MRI on his left wrist on Friday morning and neither test showed any structural damage.

It was good news for the Twins, who have been plagued by their fair share of injuries recently.

"Our worst fears were that something was broken in there and you miss him, too," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So it's good to hear that he's doing fine."

Kubel had the wrist wrapped on Friday afternoon, and he had already taken some swings in the cage, his first since he was hit in the wrist by a pitch from Tigers left-hander Phil Coke on Tuesday night. He planned to take a few more in the cages during Friday's game and then take batting practice with the team before Saturday's contest.

If everything goes well, Kubel said he hopes to be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale with the Rangers.

The Twins also got good news on two of their other injured players -- Jim Thome (back) and Orlando Hudson (right ankle) -- as they both were back in the lineup for Friday's contest.