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Luke Hughes Will Be Twins Every Day Second Baseman, Joe Mauer Could Bat Second

The Minnesota Twins lost second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka to a broken fibula in yesterday's game against the Yankees, and they have called up Luke Hughes to replace him. According to Phil Mackey of ESPN1500, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire plans to play Hughes on an every day basis, as opposed to using one of his utility infielders as a fill in for that spot.

"My preference is if Luke is going to be up here, I'm going to play him. I think Matty Tolbert, we kept him for a reason, and that's to come off the bench and do all those little things, go all over the field. Luke is more of a starter, so we're going to run him out there."

As for the batting order, Gardenhire might experiment with putting Joe Mauer in the two-hole while Nishioka recovers from his injury.

"I'm not real sure (Alexi Casilla) is ready for the two hole. So we're going to kind of battle through it. I might just move everybody up, put Mauer up there, and just move everybody up in the middle of the order and go from there."

We'll update all the Twins roster moves as they pertain to this injury in this stream. For more on Twins baseball, head on over to Twinkie Town.

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