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Gardy hopeful Florimon will return soon

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- If Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had his way, shortstop Pedro Florimon would already be one step closer to returning to the ballclub.

Instead, the 27-year-old took Saturday off and will play five innings on Sunday in a Minor League game.

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Florimon, who had his appendix taken out on Feb. 17, saw his first action of Spring Training on Friday. He played three innings at short, making one error and going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Gardenhire received "nothing spectacular, but [a] good report" from that Minor League game. Florimon said he felt healthy.

"If he gets through that one, which I believe he will, then he's going to be full bore after that," Gardenhire said. "He'll be back with us after that. He gets through that, they'll release him and I can use him how I want. I would love to have him out there. I like watching him play."

Christina DeNicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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