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Darin Mastroianni Injury: Fractured Finger Ends Season At Plate

Minnesota Twins outfielder Darin Mastroianni has a fractured finger and won't be able to bat for the the rest of the baseball season, as X-rays taken Wednesday revealed the injury on his left hand. But it appears that the Twins like what they've seen from the outfielder enough for him to be part of their 2013 mix.

Mastroianni was injured sliding into home plate Tuesday night in a 6-5 extra-inning win over the Cleveland Indians. A guy known for his speed, at least his legs weren't affected. He will be available as a pinch runner.

Said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire:

"He's a pinch-runner, probably, the rest of the way -- unless miraculously he comes around... But they said this thing takes a while before it heals."

Mastroianni has played in 75 games this season since being called up from the minors. He's batting .252 with 21 stolen bases and 17 RBI.

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