OAKLAND -- Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer will be back in the lineup on Friday night when the club opens up a three-game series in Texas, manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Wednesday. Cuddyer, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 5 with a dislocated right index finger, saw his first game action Wednesday since suffering the injury. The right fielder had seven at-bats and played in the outfield for the Rookie Gulf Coast League Twins in Fort Myers, Fla. He was able to hit and throw the ball without any problems.
"Everything felt great," Gardenhire said. "He's joining us Friday. He already has a flight." The GCL team has an off-day Thursday, but Cuddyer will still get a few more at-bats. Gardenhire said the team has scheduled a simulated game with a few rehabbing pitchers set to throw light batting practice to Cuddyer. The move to activate Cuddyer likely means that outfielder Denard Span will be sent back to Triple-A Rochester. Span, who has seen time in right field during Cuddyer's absence, got his first start in center field on Wednesday night against the A's.
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