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Injury sidelines prospect Arcia


SARASOTA, Fla. -- Twins outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia pulled his intercostal muscle on Friday, and the club isn't sure when he'll return, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.

Arcia, ranked as the club's No. 5 prospect and the No. 93 overall prospect according to MLB.com, was expected to start in right field in the Hammond Stadium opener against the Rays on Sunday.

Instead, he's scheduled to meet with team physician Dr. John Steubs on Saturday to determine how long he'll be out.

"He got hurt," Gardenhire said. "He did it [on Friday] morning early working out. So they told me Dr. Steubs will check him today and we'll know about the days [he'll be out]. But, obviously, they don't go away overnight. So there's a chance it might be a little bit before he sees action again."

Arcia, 21, is considered a long shot to make the club out of Spring Training, as the Twins plan on using Chris Parmelee as their starting right fielder to open the season.

Arcia is expected to open the year at Triple-A Rochester, but could be called up during the season if he hits like he did last year when he batted .320/.388/.539 with 17 homers and 36 doubles in 124 games split between Class A Advanced Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain.

"I wanted to get some looks at him, so it's kind of disappointing," Gardenhire said. "I wanted to see him swing. But those things happen. So we gotta get him well now."

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