Rehabbing Twins outfielders nearing returns

Among the many problems the Twins have had this year, finding playing for healthy outfielders hasn’t been one of them.

But while their Opening Day starting center fielder is still hurt — Byron Buxton remains out after a pitch fractured his left hand last month — three other outfielders are nearing their return.

Jake Cave, who has been out since mid-May with a stress reaction in his back, has been on a rehab assignment with St. Paul for a week, hitting .381 while there. Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Garlick joined him on rehab assignments of their own on Tuesday.

Refsnyder finished the day 1 for 2 with a home run, and Garlick went 1 for 5 with a run driven in. And while neither is expected back in the next couple of days, it’s a positive development for the Twins.

“We want them to … play, get the at-bats, increase their workload, make sure they’re responding well and not feeling anything as they build it right back and get their timing at the plate and things like that,” manager Rocco Baldelli said before the Twins’ game against the White Sox at

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