Willingham to 15-day DL, Hicks activated from DL

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins placed Josh Willingham on the 15-day day disabled list with a medial meniscus tear and bone bruise in his left knee on Tuesday. Center fielder Aaron Hicks was activated from the 15-day DL to take Willingham’s place on the roster.

Willingham has been dealing with soreness in his left knee all season and tweaked his knee on Friday. He was held out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday but did deliver an RBI ground-rule double as a pinch-hitter on Sunday.

He was in the starting lineup for Monday’s game against the Yankees but was a late scratch after feeling discomfort in his knee while trying to run before the game. The DL move is retroactive to Monday.

Willingham, 34, is hitting .224/.356/.398 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 70 games. He had an MRI exam on Tuesday morning that showed the meniscus tear and bone bruise.

Hicks, meanwhile, was originally placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring on June 10. He hit .190 with a double and two RBIs in six games as part of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester.

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