Twins give Everett a break

Twins give Everett a break in cold

KANSAS CITY -- Twins shortstop Adam Everett has been battling some soreness in his right shoulder, and due to the cold conditions for Friday night's game against the Royals, manager Ron Gardenhire gave Everett the night off.

Matt Tolbert got the start at shortstop in Everett's place.

Gardenhire said that the soreness isn't a concern, as Everett has been dealing with it since the season started. But the skipper added that the weather conditions made it seem like an ideal time to give the shortstop a breather.

And while Everett made it clear he wanted to be in the lineup Friday, he agreed that the cold can be even tougher to battle through with that type of soreness.

"It's not for the simple fact of when you are out there playing," Everett said. "But[if] you come back in and we have a long inning offensively, then it's tough to go back out there and get it cranked back up."

Everett admitted that his arm strength hasn't been at its usual level so far this season due to the lingering soreness. It's something he feels is getting better, although Gardenhire acknowledged it's far from being 100 percent.

"It's not great right now," Gardenhire said. "But he's working on his footwork and wants to play. He'll play through it."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.