Suzuki avoids injury after being struck on foot

Suzuki avoids injury after being struck on foot

KANSAS CITY -- Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, who was hit on his right foot with a foul ball off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia while standing in the on-deck circle on Monday, felt fine on Tuesday and was in the lineup against the Royals.

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he wanted to make sure Suzuki didn't have any swelling in his foot before putting him in the lineup, but after talking to Suzuki, the skipper felt he was ready to go.

"I checked with Kurt and thankfully he's OK," Molitor said. "He's bruised and all that. But he's fine. He wants to be in there and is capable in there. Not going to set him back."

It was just another minor injury for Suzuki, who has been taking a beating behind the plate this season, but he hasn't missed any games due to injury. Suzuki joked that he's hoping all those fluke occurrences are behind him.

"The first 10 games I've been playing in, I feel like I've been getting beaned, or foul-tipped or back-swinged," Suzuki said. "Maybe I'll just get that out of the way now and I'll be fine the rest of the season."

• Molitor offered his thoughts on Reds manager Bryan Price's profanity-laced rant against the media on Monday, as the two know each other from serving as coaches on the 2004 Mariners. Molitor was the hitting coach and Price was the pitching coach.

"I didn't listen to the audio," Molitor said. "Bryan was an excellent pitching coach. Knowledgeable, very cerebral individual who thinks things through. Calm. Something must have really triggered for him to do that. Whether it was to try to deal with the actual issue or send a message to his team or whatever it was, I'm not sure. But that's what he felt. Whatever came out, came out."

• Top pitching prospect Alex Meyer, ranked No. 29 overall by, turned in a strong outing for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The right-hander tossed six scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts and three walks. It was bounce-back performance for Meyer, who entered with an 8.31 ERA and 11 walks in 8 2/3 innings.

• Left-hander Brian Duensing, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain on Friday, is set to start his throwing program on Wednesday, assistant general manager Rob Antony said.

"He's playing some catch to test it out," Antony said. "He hasn't had any further discomfort to set him back."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.