MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer is no longer optimistic that his dislocated right index finger will be healed in time for him to come off the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.
Earlier this week, Cuddyer had said that he anticipated being ready to play Sunday, but after a few days of testing the finger, Cuddyer said it's been slower to heal than he expected.
With just four days to go until Sunday, Cuddyer's finger is still quite swollen. The only activity he has been able to do is hit off a tee.
Cuddyer dislocated the finger on April 4 in a game against Kansas City when he slid headfirst into third base.
While manager Ron Gardenhire said he would consider activating Cuddyer to use solely in a designated hitter role, the skipper also made it clear that scenario would only happen if Cuddyer could throw in an emergency. So far that hasn't been the case.
"I still can't bend it and I still can't throw," Cuddyer said.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.