Hudson probable for disabled list

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Minnesota second baseman Orlando Hudson is likely headed for the disabled list with his surgically repaired left wrist healing slowly following a collision with Twins teammate Denard Span.

Manager Ron Gardenhire and GM Bill Smith were still working to finalize their plan, but told Hudson of the impending move before Sunday's series finale against the Oakland Athletics. They must make roster room for Michael Cuddyer's return from the bereavement list Tuesday. The Twins didn't plan an announcement until then.

While Hudson was confident he could be ready in "a few more days," Gardenhire said he couldn't afford to wait. The Twins already are short-handed.

"He's the manager," Hudson said. "He's got to make the call. It is what it is."

Hudson, a four-time Gold Glove winner, sprinted out and Span charged in from deep in the outfield on a ninth-inning popup by Texas' Vladimir Guerrero last Sunday with two on and two outs and Minnesota leading 6-3. Hudson's left arm hit Span's midsection.

This is a discouraging development for the 32-year-old Hudson, who is in his first season with a new team after struggling with injuries in recent seasons with Arizona and the Dodgers.

Hudson had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his hand in 2007 and a surgery on his wrist in 2008. He was limited to 107 games in '08 for the Diamondbacks, then played 149 last year for Los Angeles.

While Hudson could pinch run or pinch hit from the right side, Gardenhire would rather not use him and waste the days Hudson has already missed that would be applied to his 15-day DL stint. Hudson has been stretching and receiving treatment on the wrist, which is still sore.

"He understands the situation. He's a veteran," Gardenhire said. "My concern is he still can't swing left-handed. I don't think it's going to be a couple days. I need players. I've been patient here, too patient. I just don't want to send a healthy player down."

Hudson, a two-time All-Star, is batting .305 with three home runs and 16 RBIs.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy also could go on the DL as soon as Tuesday. He, too, has an injured left wrist and isn't swinging the bat, but has started taking a new medication. Gardenhire said the Twins would give Hardy until after Monday's day off before making a decision on his status -- giving the medicine a chance to work.

Hardy was scratched from Saturday night's lineup. He already missed 13 games from May 11-25 with a left wrist contusion.