MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortstop Adam Everett and left fielder Delmon Young were held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday due to injuries sustained during Monday's game against Oakland. Both will be in uniform, but only available in "an emergency." Young jammed his ankle in the fourth inning while chasing a Jack Cust drive that ultimately ended up being a double. Everett was struck on the right hand by a Nick Punto foul ball in the sixth inning. "Everett is sore," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We would use him in an emergency if we had to -- it's a deep bruise. Delmon is not moving around very well today. ... It's more of a jam, there's not a lot of swelling. We'll probably refrain from using him, unless there was an emergency, also."
The injuries will leave the club with a very thin bench, as catcher Mike Redmond and infielder Mike Lamb will be the sole healthy reserves during Tuesday's contest against the A's. Tuesday's starting lineup included Randy Ruiz, making his fourth consecutive start at designated hitter, and Carlos Gomez, returning to the lineup in center field after a two-day absence. Jason Kubel made his 12th start of the season in left field. He has started 56 games at designated hitter and 22 in right. Brendan Harris started at shortstop in place of Everett. Everett's injury is the latest in a season-long trend of hand injuries to Twins infielders. "Everett getting hit in the dugout wasn't new," Gardenhire said. "I expected it to be an infielder, I knew it wasn't going to be an outfielder or a pitcher or a catcher. It had to be an infielder that would get hit in the hand." The club is in an especially precarious situation because they must turn around and play again at noon on Wednesday against Oakland. On Thursday, the Twins travel to Anaheim to begin a 14-game road trip. The club is expected to activate injured second baseman Alexi Casilla from the disabled list for the trip. "Everett is probably going to miss [Tuesday] and [Wednesday] -- available, as he told me, in a pinch if we need him," Gardenhire said. "I don't know about Delmon. He is limping around pretty good on his foot, but he says he can play, which is good."
Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.