Precaution keeps Florimon out of lineup

Precaution keeps Florimon out of lineup

DETROIT -- Shortstop Pedro Florimon, who left Thursday's game with a sprained right index finger, was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons against the Tigers on Friday.

Florimon, who injured his finger while sliding into third base in the second inning of the Twins' 7-6 loss, came in feeling better on Friday, but Eduardo Escobar made the start at shortstop in his place.

"He had a little bit of swelling but he was throwing last night," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He basically just jammed it, which caused a little bit of swelling. We did X-rays and they were negative. So he should be fine."

Florimon told Twins manager Ron Gardenhire he was healthy enough to play, but Gardenhire wanted to play it safe with Florimon, who was able to take batting practice without any issues before the game.

"He'll be available off the bench," Gardenhire said said. "I'm just happy he came in here saying he feels good and is ready to go."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for 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.