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Arcia, Hicks stay home for precautionary reasons

Arcia, Hicks stay home for precautionary reasons

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Outfielders Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia were both held out of the Twins' lineup again on Tuesday, but are expected to return to action on Wednesday against the Pirates at Hammond Stadium.

Hicks, who has been dealing with elbow discomfort while swinging the bat since Thursday, took soft toss in the cage Tuesday morning without any issues. Hicks hasn't played in a game since March 4.

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"He's doing soft-toss flips and a full workout, and the report I got said he did not have any problems swinging today," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said.

Arcia has been bothered by what he believes is food poisoning since Thursday, and he felt sick again during workouts on Sunday. Arcia, who also hasn't played since March 4, is feeling better now, but the Twins didn't want to bring him on a road trip, just to be safe.

"He came in and felt good, but they wanted him to stay back and get in a full workout rather than go out on the road and be on the bus and have problems," Antony said. "So it's just an extra day. He's just getting his work in over there and is fine."

Both players were originally expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wanted to be cautious with both.

"Hicks and Arcia both stayed home because I can't take a chance of bringing them here and then they start working out, and they say they feel something," Gardenhire said. "So we left them home. But hopefully they'll be ready to go 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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