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Lamb, Baker on the mend

Lamb, Baker on the mend

JUPITER, Fla. -- Third baseman Mike Lamb, who has been sidelined since Friday with a sore left hip, did not make the trip with the Twins to play the Marlins on Monday.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday that he didn't want to have Lamb sit through the long bus ride to Jupiter, Fla., and then try to play. But he expects the third baseman to return to action in the next couple of days.

"He was feeling a lot better yesterday," Gardenhire said. "[The trainers] told me it's a minor thing, so I'm just waiting for them to give me the go."

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Another player currently on the injured list for the Twins is pitcher Scott Baker, who has been dealing with a tweaked lat muscle in his back. Gardenhire said that Baker reported feeling much better on Monday and the plan is for the right-hander to pitch later this week, possibly as soon as Thursday.

With the pitching rotation already in place for the rest of the week, Gardenhire said the Twins are still considering starting Baker in a Minor League game. Otherwise, the right-hander might back up one of the other Twins starters in a Grapefruit League contest later this week.

It ended up being a good thing that Lamb didn't make the trip to Jupiter. The team's already 2 1/2-hour long trip was delayed an extra 45 minutes due to a problem with one of the club's buses. The team was not even 10 minutes out of Fort Myers, Fla., when one of the buses blew a hose and they had to pull off the road to wait for a replacement bus. The team ended up arriving at the ballpark at 11:15 a.m. ET, when batting practice was set to begin at 11:20 a.m. The Twins wound up hitting in the Marlins' batting cages instead.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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