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Mastroianni returns to lineup, starts in right


BRADENTON, Fla. -- Outfielder Darin Mastroianni returned to the lineup on Saturday against the Pirates after missing more than a week with a left hamstring strain.

Mastroianni initially suffered the injury while in the Venezuelan Winter League but re-aggravated it on Feb. 28 while checking his swing. But he was cleared by team doctors to play on Saturday and started in right field and batted leadoff.

"He's been working hard," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "The trainers tell me he's been doing fine."

Fellow outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game because of a pulled intercostal muscle, could return to action as soon as Sunday. But the Twins are being cautious with Chris Parmelee, who is still experiencing tightness in his right groin and will likely be held out until Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

"Parm is day to day," Gardenhire said. "I told him no swings today and we'll see where he is tomorrow."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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