Arcia, Hicks return from injuries

Arcia, Hicks return from injuries

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was back in the starting lineup for the first time since March 4 against the Pirates on Wednesday, while fellow outfielder Aaron Hicks returned with a pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning.

Arcia, who has been dealing with what he believes is food poisoning since Thursday, has been working out at the club's Spring Training complex without any issues the last few days.

He was back in the lineup, starting in right field and batting fifth. He's expected to be the club's starting right fielder this season but has some catching up to do, as he entered Wednesday's game with just 11 plate appearances this spring.

Hicks, meanwhile, has been bothered by a sore right elbow since Thursday, but took swings in the batting cages without any problems on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hicks, who is competing for the starting job in center field along with Alex Presley, hadn't played since March 4, but made an immediate impact with a solo blast off left-hander Adam Wilk in the fifth.

"He took full BP today and felt great so I'd expect him in the lineup tomorrow," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said before the game. "Yesterday, we left him back and he hit in the cages but they wanted to get him through everything today. Yesterday felt good with no issues, and today he felt good with no issues, so I think he got clearance to play now."

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.