MINNEAPOLIS -- Dennys Reyes has likely thrown his last pitch of the season. The left-hander, who has been sidelined with pain in his left elbow since Aug. 22, tried once again to throw on Monday. After throwing just a few balls while playing long toss in the outfield and feeling pain, Reyes stopped his throwing session and there is no timetable for when he might try to throw again. "He's shut down right now," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Our goal is to continue trying to get him healthy. But for now, he's not throwing."
The hope had been that Reyes might be ready when he's eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday. But Monday was the second time that he's tried and been unable to throw since injuring the elbow. Reyes said the first time that he attempted to throw, which was a week ago on Friday, he wasn't even able to throw the ball five feet without pain. This time he made it up to 80 feet, but when he tried to push the issue, the pain returned. The plan now is for Reyes to be examined by the Twins' Dr. Dan Busse on Tuesday. He said he is going to talk to general manager Terry Ryan about getting a second opinion after that to make sure that they find out exactly what is wrong with the elbow. All of the pain in Reyes' elbow originated when he banged it on a bench in the bullpen at the Metrodome during the club's last homestand. At first it was felt to be nothing more than a bone bruise, but further tests revealed a slight tear in the triceps muscle. Reyes also said he has some bone chips in the elbow that might need cleaning out. Reyes has not ruled out surgery as an option, saying that he wants to do whatever it takes to get his elbow back healthy. This year has been particularly disappointing for the left-hander. He's had two DL stints and battled through a few other injuries that have sidelined him for days at a time. But Reyes said the focus is on the future, not the rough year. "I'm a little bit let down," Reyes said. "But I just want to be healthy. I want to do whatever it takes to be 100 percent the next time I go out there and throw." Back on the field: Joe Mauer was back on the field doing drills for the first time since injuring his left hamstring on Aug. 25. Mauer was able to take batting practice and do some light jogging around the bases. "With everything they had me doing out there, I felt good," Mauer said. There still is no exact timetable for Mauer's return. Gardenhire said he will wait until Mauer is able to run the bases at full strength before determining a more solid return date. One thing is for certain, Mauer is not about to shut himself down for the year, even if the team is falling out of contention. "I don't just shut it down -- and that's with anything," Mauer said. "I just want to get back in the lineup as soon as I can and help the team out."
Wait and see: Glen Perkins is scheduled to play catch on Tuesday to test out his sore muscle near his left shoulder.The Twins want to see if any soreness persists this time when Perkins throws. If it does, the club then will wait a couple of days to see if he can throw again before possibly shutting him down. The hope, though is that if Perkins can make it through the session without much trouble, he could be activated to the roster for the final month. And with Reyes now a question mark for the rest of the season, the Twins could use another left-hander in the 'pen. Rotation schedule: The Twins have off-days scheduled on each of the next three Thursdays, but the rotation is being moved around to keep Johan Santana and Carlos Silva close to their normal five-day schedule. Pitching coach Rick Anderson and Gardenhire talked and prepared a schedule that will do just that. So the schedule will play out this way starting on Friday: Silva, Matt Garza, and Santana in Chicago and then Boof Bonser, Scott Baker, and Silva in Kansas City. That will lead up to the next off-day and Santana likely will start on Friday, Sept. 14 against Detroit. Lending a hand: Monday was designated as "First Responders Day" at the Metrodome. It was an effort to honor all those who have helped during some of the recent tragedies in the Upper Midwest including the I-35W bridge collapse, the flooding in southeast Minnesota and the tornados that struck Northwood, N.D. In addition to selling $1 tickets to all public safety, police, fire, paramedics and disaster-rescue workers for Monday's game, the Twins also announced their own donation to the relief efforts. The Twins presented three checks of $25,000 each to The Minnesota Helps-Bridge Disaster Fund, the United Way Minnesota Flood Recovery Fund and the Minn-Kota Red Cross Northwood Tornado Fund. Twins tidbits: The Twins recalled Lew Ford from Triple-A Rochester following Monday's game against Cleveland. Ford hit .262 with 17 RBIs in 35 games for the Red Wings. There had been some questions if Ford would return to the club this season after he injured himself a few days ago fouling a ball off his foot. But Ford has been deemed healthy enough to be the Twins additional outfielder. No more callups are expected. ... Rookie League Elizabethton players Deibinson Romero and Mike McCardell earned the honors of the Twins Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August, respectfully. Romero batted a combined .351 with 23 RBIs and had a slugging percentage of .586 in 29 games. McCardell, a right-hander, went 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 44 strikeouts in five starts. Down on the farm: Brian Bass pitched a shutout for Rochester as they defeated Buffalo, 3-0, on Sunday. Doug Deeds hit two home runs, both solo shots, to help carry the Red Wings. ... Double-A New Britain swept both games of a doubleheader with Portland. Dave Winfree tripled in a 3-2 win in Game 1 and Brock Peterson tallied five RBIs in a 12-3 victory in Game 2. ... Eric Lis drove in five runs and hit his 18th home run of the season in Class A Fort Myers' 17-5 victory at Dunedin. ... Danny Santiesteban went 4-for-5 with three RBIs as Class A Beloit defeated Quad Cities, 13-0. Coming up: Kevin Slowey will make his first start for the Twins since being recalled from Rochester. The right-hander will square off against Indians left-hander Aaron Laffey (2-1, 5.01) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.