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Casilla to the DL (Game 105 vs. Texas)

ARLINGTON — The Twins received a blow to their middle infield today, as second baseman Alexi Casilla was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, and is expected to be out for two to three weeks, according to head trainer Rick McWane.

Casilla, who injured himself while legging out a double in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 7-2 win against the Rangers, is scheduled to be placed on the disabled list after tonight’s game. Infielder Luke Hughes is expected to be recalled in his place.

Additionally, to bolster their middle infield depth, the Twins recalled second baseman Matt Tolbert from Triple-A Rochester, and optioned left-hander Chuck James to Rochester to give the Twins 12 pitchers on their active roster.

“He’s our second-hole hitter and was swinging great and playing great defense,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Casilla. “He’s doing all the things you’d like to see, and his head has been in the game. And then all of a sudden this happens. Our depth in the middle infield isn’t the greatest, so you can’t afford too many injuries like that. Some people will have to step up.”

Casilla, who was hitting .259/.322/.369 with 15 stolen bases and a team-high 21 doubles in 96 games this season, said he’s hopeful that he can return to action as soon as he’s eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Aug. 12.

“It’s pretty much the same as yesterday,” Casilla said. “I kind of pulled it a little bit, so I’m going on the DL and going back to Minnesota to take care of it over there. I don’t think I’ll need a [rehab] assignment. I’ll be ready in 15 days. … I hope they don’t send me on an assignment. I’ll say no because it’s too much time.”

In the meantime, the Twins will have to rely on a combination of Tolbert, Hughes and Trevor Plouffe at second base with Casilla out of action.

Tolbert, who hit .181 in 55 games with the Twins before being optioned on July 18, started at second base against the Rangers on Thursday.

And shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka is expected to bat second in Casilla’s absence, as Gardenhire said he’s hopeful he can handle the bat the way Casilla did in the two-hole.

“I’m hoping Nishi handles it very well,” Gardenhire said. “When we signed him, we were hoping he’d be at the top of the lineup. So maybe this will get his confidence going a little bit.”

Twins trying to keep things loose (Game 61 vs. Indians)

CLEVELAND — Having won five of their last six games, the Twins are trying their best to keep things loose.

The relievers are certainly doing their part, as they’ve been coming up with interesting ways to make their way to the bullpen before the game.

Before Monday’s game, they were a bobsled team, and before Tuesday’s game they were a canoe before closer Matt Capps joined and became a motor to power the boat. Catcher Drew Butera has been the creative mind behind it all, but left-hander Chuck James has been called the ring leader among the relievers.

“It gives everyone something to look forward to,” James said. “It kind of eases the weight a little bit out there and lets everyone relax a little bit. We’ve been winning and it’s been working so I guess we’ll keep sticking with it now.”

He also added the Twins will debut a new creation before Thursday’s game at Target Field against the Rangers, so that should be “entertainment” as Ron Gardenhire has been calling it. SportsCenter is also going to do a piece on it, but here’s a link to see their bobsled antics from Monday in case you missed it:

Click here to watch the video.

Lineups for the 11:05 CT start at Progressive Field

Twins (22-38)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Michael Cuddyer, RF
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Luke Hughes, 1B
8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
9. Drew Butera, C

RHP Carl Pavano (3-5, 4.83 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.76 K/BB)

Indians (34-25)

1. Michael Brantley, LF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Grady Sizemore, CF
4. Carlos Santana, RF
5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
6. Matt LaPorta, DH
7. Cord Phelps, 2B
8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
9. Lou Marson, C

RHP Justin Masterson (5-4, 3.28 ERA, 3.21 FIP, 2.15 K/BB)