Fien available for Twins after testing shoulder

Reliever was held out of series against White Sox

Fien available for Twins after testing shoulder

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins reliever Casey Fien threw off the mound without any issues before Monday's game against the Royals, and he said he's ready to return to action.

Fien felt some shoulder discomfort after throwing against the Tigers on Thursday, and the right-hander was held out of Minnesota's three-game series against the White Sox over the weekend. Fien initially suffered the injury when he slipped on the mound while delivering a pitch, and the slip caused him to yank his right arm across his body.

Fien tested his shoulder Monday, playing long toss from 200 feet and throwing 10 pitches off the mound under the watch of bullpen coach Eddie Guardado, and he said he was happy his shoulder issue is behind him.

"Everything felt good," Fien said. "I'm good to go. I threw 10 pitches off the mound and Eddie watched me. I didn't feel anything."

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