Slowey doubtful for potential tiebreaker

Little progress for Slowey

MINNEAPOLIS -- Three days prior to a potential one-game tiebreaker with Chicago to determine the American League Central title, the Twins' slated starter for that contest doesn't appear to have made the strides necessary to take the ball.

Right-hander Kevin Slowey's injured right wrist has not improved, putting his availability in question.

"Not a lot of range of motion in his arm, matter of fact, hardly any at all," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll have to really watch that. He's pretty sore. And swollen."

Slowey exited in the fourth inning of Thursday's game against the White Sox after taking a Juan Uribe line drive off his right wrist. He was immediately taken out of the contest. An MRI came back clear on Friday morning, and the club labeled the injury a "deep bruise."

"The bruise itself isn't that bad, it's just the inflammation between the two bones," Slowey said. "Rotationally, it really hurts."

When asked if he would label Slowey "questionable" for Tuesday's game, Gardenhire said, "I'm just labeling him as very sore and very stiff and not much movement in his arm. We'll take it from there and see where we're at in a couple days."

If Slowey was healthy, he would have thrown a bullpen session on Saturday.

"I don't think we're there, I don't think we're there at all," Gardenhire said.

Gardenhire said on Friday that Nick Blackburn would likely get the start in Tuesday's potential tiebreaker game if Slowey can't go. A decision could be put off until Monday.

Blackburn threw a bullpen session on Saturday after originally having been slated to do so on Sunday.

Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.