DETROIT -- Michael Cuddyer was held out of the Twins' lineup for the fourth straight game on Saturday against the Tigers because of a sore left wrist, but he is hopeful he can return Tuesday against the Royals.
Cuddyer, who was originally struck on the wrist by a pitch on Aug. 24, tried to play through the injury, but said it's best to give it time to heal, as he has two bone bruises and inflamed tendons in his wrist.
"It's been painful since that day, but we didn't have anybody else to play," Cuddyer said. "So you fight through it. But now that we have some people here, you can afford it. But I wasn't helping the team anyways. I was like 5-for-100 it felt like."
Cuddyer, who actually hit .132 (5-for-38) in nine games after the injury, took some swings before Saturday's game and said his wrist is starting to feel stronger.
"It's getting better slowly but surely," Cuddyer said. "I took some swings off the tee, and I'll probably do that a couple times more today and tomorrow. Hopefully after a day off I can get back in there in Kansas City and play."
Jason Kubel, who served as designated hitter on Friday, also was held out of the lineup Saturday, as he's still dealing with soreness in his left foot stemming from a sprain suffered on May 30. His injured foot has been flaring up again recently, and he isn't quite ready to return to the outfield.
The Twins have been relying on recent callups Joe Benson and Chris Parmelee in the absence of Kubel and Cuddyer over the last four games. Benson started in right field on Saturday, and Parmelee started at first base.