Parmelee a late scrach with groin issue

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Chris Parmelee was a late scratch on Thursday due to a tight right groin and should be out "a few days," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Gardenhire didn't know many of the details regarding the injury but said it happened on Monday, when Parmelee was running from first to third during the Twins' 7-0 loss to the Cardinals.

Parmelee, expected to be the everyday right fielder, was originally in the split-squad lineup as the designated hitter. He was replaced by Eduardo Escobar.

"I told him to see how he felt when he went out for [pregame] swinging and all that stuff. Obviously, didn't work out," Gardenhire said. "We'll be a few days here, I'm sure. Didn't work out today, so we'll back off a few days."

Gardenhire had no updates on center fielder Darin Mastroianni, who's been sidelined by the sore left hamstring he tweaked last week. The Twins had originally hoped to have Mastroianni back on the field by now, but Gardenhire could only say he hoped to have him in the lineup on Friday, against the Red Sox.

"I haven't heard anything on him, but I'm hoping that comes soon," he said. "We hope. I'm not positive. After [Thursday's] split squad, we'll see where they're at."

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