Willingham scratched on Friday with stiff neck

Willingham scratched on Friday with stiff neck

Willingham scratched on Friday with stiff neck
ARLINGTON -- Josh Willingham missed his second straight game with a stiff neck that he began feeling after he woke up Thursday morning.

Willingham was a late scratch before Thursday's series opener against the Rangers, and was not in the lineup once again on Friday.

"He can't turn his head," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You have to turn it to hit. He tried to open it up in BP [Thursday], but he's here and he just can't get it around. He tried to do it today, but he just can't turn it enough to where he sees the ball. That's a bad thing in this league. He wants to play. He's not happy about it."

Willingham will likely be unavailable off the bench, leaving Gardenhire with only two position players on the bench -- outfielder Denard Span and catcher Drew Butera. Gardenhire said that if an infielder is forced to leave the game, he would consider moving Darin Mastroianni from right field to the infield. Mastroianni has started 32 games for the Twins this year, none in the infield, but he did make five starts at second base for Triple-A Rochester this season.