Tolbert heard the pop in his first at-bat Friday, and he knew something wasn't right. He was trying to lay off a pitch from Yankees starter A.J. Burnett, but ended up pulling his left oblique.
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"It finally got to the point where I couldn't throw across the infield or run," Tolbert said. "I knew if I had to make a play or try and score a run, I might be able to do it."Tolbert was replaced by utility infielder Brendan Harris, who hit an RBI triple later in the game. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Harris will get the start at third base Sunday in Game 3. Since getting called up in early September, Tolbert has hit .333 while making 18 starts at third base. His recent success makes the injury even tougher. "It's frustrating, my only chance to play in the playoffs," Tolbert said.
Tyler Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.