DETROIT -- Michael Cuddyer had the stitches removed from his right index finger on Monday and said that he expects to be back on the field on Sunday, the day he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
"If it's not right on that day, then somewhere around that day for sure," Cuddyer said. "I don't foresee this being an extra week or anything like that."
Cuddyer dislocated his finger on April 4 when he slid headfirst into third base in a game against Kansas City. He collided awkwardly with Royals third baseman Alex Gordon on the play, and he also suffered a deep laceration on the finger from Gordon's spike.
The finger is still a little swollen, but Cuddyer is planning on trying to do some light throwing and hitting on Tuesday. After those sessions, he said, he'll likely have a better idea of exactly when he will be back in the lineup.
"When I come back, it's not going to be normal like it was before I got hurt, as is the case with any injury," he said. "But it will be good enough to play."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.