MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball and 'People' magazine announced the 90 finalists for the "Tribute for Heroes" campaign with three candidates representing the Minnesota Twins.
The campaign is a national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members, and builds upon MLB and 'People' magazine's commitment to honoring our country's heroes. One winner from each of the 30 teams will be included in All-Star Week festivities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16 on FOX.
The three candidates for the Twins are Josemy Morales Marcano of Maplewood, Kymberly Koenig of St. Paul and Patrick Nelson of Eden Prairie.
"We're going to honor the candidates here at Target Field at end of the month on the 30th," said Bryan Donaldson, the Twins' senior director of community affairs. "Our winner will get to the raise the American Flag like a veteran does every game. We'll have also the second-place finishers here, too. But the winner also goes to the All-Star Game, which will be a fun thing."
Fans are encouraged to visit TributeForHeroes.com to vote on their favorite stories through June 30.
Arcia returns to starting lineup after being recalled
MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was officially recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, and started in left field and batted sixth against the Phillies. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the fourth inning of the 3-2 win.
Arcia, 22, was recalled after rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on Monday. Hicks suffered the injury trying to beat out a grounder during the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals.
It marks the second time this season Arcia was recalled, and he hit .255 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 30 games before being optioned to Rochester on May 24 after falling into a 3-for-32 slump.
Arcia was reduced to designated hitter duty in Rochester after injuring his shoulder in his first game back in the Minors, but he returned to the outfield on Monday. He hit .218 with three homers and two doubles in 15 games with the Red Wings after being sent down.
"It was all about going down there and getting his swings in," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He went through a little bit of a struggle here at the end. So it was, 'Just get your swings and be ready for when we call you up here.'"
Hicks' injury came at an unfortunate time, as he'd been coming around at the plate. He hit .267 over his last 12 games, and his six homers since May 1 ranks second on the team behind Ryan Doumit's eight.
"I thought he was going along pretty good," Gardenhire said. "But we all had a tough time over there in Washington. But I thought he had some good at-bats and got himself into some good counts. He's going to go through some ups and downs still. But you never wanna see a guy go down with an injury."
With Hicks out, Clete Thomas is expected to see increased time in center field, and he got the start there on Tuesday. Fellow outfielder Wilkin Ramirez, who has seen some time in center this season, remains sidelined with concussion-like symptoms. He's been cleared to resume baseball activities, but there still is no timetable for his return.
Relievers Pressly, Burton remain day to day
MINNEAPOLIS -- Reliever Ryan Pressly, who left the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals due to injury, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and said everything felt fine.
Pressly exited in the sixth inning after feeling discomfort in his right biceps. But Pressly said when he was tested by team trainers on Monday, the soreness was actually in the back of his shoulder and not in his biceps.
He said the soreness subsided on Tuesday and that everything went as planned in a 15-20 pitch bullpen session.
"Everything felt fine -- no pain, no problems," Pressly said. "I'm assuming I'll be up tomorrow, because they'll give me one more day probably. But everything felt fine with no problems. So right now, I need to kick my butt and get back to my shoulder program. I was slacking too much on that."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed that Pressly was unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, but should be ready to return on Wednesday.
"He threw today and felt really good, so I'd say he's not available today but he did throw a nice bullpen session," Gardenhire said. "He'll probably be available tomorrow."
Reliever Jared Burton was also unavailable for Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Phillies after injuring his groin in Saturday's game in Washington. But his is considered a minor injury, and he should be ready to return soon.
"Burton is still a little sore," Gardenhire said. "It's a day to day thing."