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Mastroianni takes another step toward return

Mastroianni takes another step toward return

Mastroianni takes another step toward return

MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Darin Mastroianni said on Thursday that his left ankle is continuing to improve and he's set to leave for the Twins' Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday.

Mastroianni, on the 60-day disabled list with a left ankle stress reaction, will continue to do his rehab work in Florida until he's ready to start a rehab assignment. But he said there's still no official timetable for his return.

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"I'll be starting basically a mini-Spring Training," Mastroianni said. "I'm not ready to play in games, so it's going to take a little while to get my legs underneath me and get into playing shape. Hopefully it won't take too long and I can get rocking and rolling, but we don't know how the ankle is going to react. It just depends on when I get in that first rehab game. We'll play it by ear."

Mastroianni has been taking batting practice at Target Field for the last week and said he's continued to notice an improvement in his ankle.

"It's not so much a concern about the swing right now," Mastroianni said. "It's just more about how it feels and if there's pain on the weight transfer. But it feels good right now. Each day has gotten a little bit better with that."

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

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