Twins tidbits

Twins tidbits

• Twins second baseman Brian Dozier wasn't in Tuesday's lineup after leaving Sunday's game in Seattle early with a sore back. He is also dealing with a sore knee. General manager Terry Ryan said they're giving him another day or so of rest, but doesn't think "it's anything to worry about."

"He had a little stiff back out there in Seattle and a little stiff knee so we gave him an MRI [Monday] and it's OK," Ryan said. "I don't know if he's going to play tomorrow, but he might."

• Outfielders Wilkin Ramirez and Darin Mastroianni started their rehab stints on Monday from injuries earlier this season -- Ramirez a concussion and Mastroianni foot surgery. Both got a hit -- Mastroianni went 1-for-3 with two RBIs as the designated hitter while Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a double as the starting right fielder for the Gulf Coast League Twins.

"We're going to let those two guys play a couple more there and then I think we're going to send them up," Ryan said. "We'll get them out of there pretty soon, as soon as we think they're ready to go compete at that next spot, wherever it is. I don't anticipate sending both those guys to the same club though."

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