Hardy to have wrist examined; DL possible

Hardy to have wrist examined

Twins shortstop J.J. Hardy will have his bruised left wrist examined Tuesday by hand specialist Dr. Tom Varecka, according to a report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Preparing for the event that Hardy needs to go on the disabled list, the Twins have Matt Tolbert on the way to join the team from Triple-A Rochester. Manager Ron Gardenhire suggested on Sunday that a roster move could be coming.

Hardy, batting .250 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 25 games, strained the wrist sliding into third base during the Twins' 4-3 win over the Tigers on May 4. He hasn't played since then.

"If he's not getting any better, or if he's still really sore again today, we might look into doing something there," Gardenhire said. "If it's going to be another four or five days, then I will probably end up making a roster move."

With Joe Mauer returning to the lineup full-time, another roster move could send one of the team's three catchers back to the Minors, the most likely being 22-year-old Wilson Ramos.

Tolbert has played chunks of the past two seasons in Minnesota, totaling 112 games in the Majors since the beginning of 2008. The infielder struggled in Spring Training, however, and was sent to the Minors before Opening Day.

The switch-hitting Tolbert was batting .232 in 27 games with Rochester.

Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.