Nishioka, Mauer getting ready to return

Nishioka, Mauer getting ready to return

Nishioka, Mauer getting ready to return
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins trainer Dave Pruemer gave a slew of injury updates before Friday night's game against the Angels, including an update on infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who is scheduled to play in his first rehab game on Saturday in extended Spring Training.

Nishioka, who fractured his left fibula on April 7, is slated to play five innings at shortstop while getting a few at-bats in his first game in Fort Myers, Fla. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the club still isn't sure how many games Nishioka will need before he returns, but he'd like to see him get at least 50 at-bats in the Minors.

"He's just now getting started," Gardenhire said. "They did another X-ray and everything looked great so he got the OK to go. He's fired up and has been doing a lot of drills at shortstop."

Catcher Joe Mauer also played in another rehab game in extended Spring Training on Friday, getting four at-bats as a designated hitter.

"Joe did fine," Pruemer said. "His knees felt good so we'll continue to progress with him."

Left-hander Jose Mijares (left elbow strain) is also scheduled to pitch with Class A Fort Myers on Friday and Sunday, and Pruemer says there's "a chance" he'll be ready to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Fellow left-hander Glen Perkins (right oblique strain) is also expected to begin playing catch this weekend, while right-hander Matt Capps' sore forearm feels better and he was available for action Friday night.