Michael Cuddyer (neck) will play two games in extended spring training this week and is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.
Cuddyer will fly to Arizona on Monday night and play in games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready to go as soon as he's eligible on Friday. The 34-year-old has been sidelined since May 8 with a bulging disc in his neck.
Alex Rodriguez (hip) fielded grounders and took 25 swings in an indoor batting cage Monday at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Florida.
Kicking off his third week of on-field activities following hip surgery, Rodriguez also ran from pole to pole near the warning track four times. "Not bad," said Rodriguez. It's not clear when he'll begin playing in games, but the Yankees hope to have him back around midseason.
Ryan Howard received a cortisone shot in his left knee on Sunday.
The Phillies said that a "change" was found in his meniscus, as well as inflammation. Howard is considered day-to-day for now, but he could require a stint on the disabled list if he doesn't see improvement following the cortisone shot.
Carlos Ruiz was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.
Tough break for Ruiz, who had a late start to the season following his 25-game suspension. The injury will likely leave him on the shelf until mid-to-late June. He'll be placed on the disabled list Tuesday to make room for Tyler Cloyd on the roster. Erik Kratz and Humberto Quintero will fill in behind the late for now.
Brian McCann is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.
He'll take a seat after catching three straight days. Gerald Laird is paired up with Julio Teheran once again.
Shin-Soo Choo is in Monday's lineup against the Mets.
Choo wasn't in the original lineup, but that's only because Reds manager Dusty Baker thought that Jon Niese was pitching. However, he's back in there since Shaun Marcum is pitching for New York. Look for Choo to get the day off Tuesday.
Ryan Doumit is out of the Twins' lineup for the second straight day Monday.
Doumit is still dealing with some soreness following a collision at home plate on Saturday. Consider him day-to-day.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday that Kyle Gibson, P.J. Walters, or Sam Deduno will be called up to start Friday against the Tigers.
The Twins optioned left-hander Pedro Hernandez to Triple-A Rochester on Monday, which immediately led to speculation that Gibson could get the call. The 25-year-old right-hander has a 3.25 ERA and 46/14 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings through eight starts this season in Triple-A. Even if the Twins opt for Walters or Deduno, it's just a matter of time before Gibson arrives.