Twins scratch Thome from lineup with tight back

The Minnesota Twins have scratched designated hitter Jim Thome

from the lineup because of tightness in his back.

Thome told manager Ron Gardenhire he felt fine swinging, but he

felt tightness jogging before Wednesday’s game. Jose Morales

replaced Thome, who hasn’t played since leaving Saturday’s game due

to discomfort.

Second baseman Orlando Hudson and right fielder Jason Kubel were

also out. Kubel was hit on the left wrist by a pitch Tuesday and

Hudson’s foot is hurting. Hudson’s MRI test showed no damage.

Kubel’s X-rays were negative. Both players are day to day.

Also, reliever Brian Fuentes reported improvement in his back

after it locked up in the bullpen Tuesday.

Morales and shortstop Trevor Plouffe were recalled from Triple-A

before the game.