Arcia returns, but Escobar still resting injured shoulder

Arcia returns, but Escobar still resting injured shoulder

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right fielder Oswaldo Arcia, who has been dealing with back stiffness, returned to the lineup on Friday against the Indians, but shortstop Eduardo Escobar remains sidelined with a jammed right shoulder.

Arcia wasted no time making his presence known, knocking a solo homer and RBI single in the Twins' 5-4 extra-inning win over the Indians.

Arcia sustained the injury while taking a swing and a miss in Monday's game against the Tigers. He missed the next two games before returning to action Friday. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Arcia came into his office before the game to tell him he was ready to return.

"When Arcia walks in, you're always wondering [what he'll say], but he came in saying he wanted to play," Gardenhire said before the game. "So it's nice to see him come in and let me know. That's a good thing."

Escobar, meanwhile, jammed his right shoulder while making a diving stop in Tuesday's game against the Tigers. He had an MRI exam on Wednesday, and it showed no structural damage. So he's still day to day, but did progress to throwing on Friday. Rookie Danny Santana started at shortstop in his absence.

"He played some light catch," Gardenhire said. "His arm isn't great. But they're pretty excited back in the training room he can play catch. He's definitely day to day and I'm not sure how long he's going to be out. I still don't know what would happen if he dove again."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.