Minnesota Twins: Third baseman Corey Koskie was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained sternum.
"We're kind of at a loss here on a timetable, because we just don't see this very often," manager Ron Gardenhire said before the Twins' 4-3 victory over Seattle.
Michael Cuddyer will be the starting third baseman during Koskie's absence, which Gardenhire said would likely last "a couple weeks." To fill Koskie's spot on the roster, right-handed reliever Grant Balfour -- who hasn't pitched this season because of a sore shoulder -- was activated from the DL.
The injury forced Koskie out of Tuesday's game against the Mariners after the second inning. He said he first started to feel a strain in his chest area last Friday.
"It was real minor, minor, and then it started getting worse, worse," said Koskie, who is batting .247 with five homers, 16 RBI and four steals in 97 at-bats.
He felt better Monday, when Minnesota was off, but then he started to hurt again Tuesday while going through his pregame routine.
Ordonez, 33, had just 117 at-bats last season, hitting .316 with three homers and 22 RBI for Tampa Bay in his first season after leaving the Mets, his team from 1996 to 2002.
He went to spring training with San Diego, then left camp March 20, handing the shortstop job to rookie Khalil Greene.
Gonzalez will be out six to eight weeks after he was struck by the ball during a checked swing on a pitch from Arizona's Mike Koplove.
Ordonez won Gold Gloves from 1997-1999 and holds six NL fielding records, including most consecutive errorless games by a shortstop in one season (100 in 1999) and fewest errors by a shortstop in one season (four in 1999).
The team purchased the contract of right-hander Brandon Puffer from Triple-A Portland to take Osuna's spot on the roster.
Osuna, 31, left Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati after one-third of an inning because of the injury. In 14 games with the Padres, Osuna is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA.
Puffer, signed by the Padres as a minor league free agent in January, has spent the entire season at Portland, where he was 1-0 with a 1.57 ERA. Puffer, 28, was 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 68 career appearances with Houston.
Vina, who has been bothered by his right hamstring, was hitting .226 in 29 games. Smith had a .270 average and three homers for the Mud Hens.
To make room for Smith on the 40-man roster, the Tigers transferred pitcher Lino Urdaneta to the 60-day disabled list.
Brocail was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital after experiencing stomach discomfort. He was put on the DL before the Rangers played at Tampa Bay.
Texas called up right-hander Frank Francisco from Double-A Frisco to replace Brocail, who is 0-0 with a 21.00 ERA in four games this season. Francisco went 1-3 with a 2.55 ERA and six saves in 15 games at Frisco.
Pitcher Casey Daigle was hitting when the ball cleared the safety net in front of the stretching players, which included Sadler. The ball hit Sadler in the back of the head and he collapsed as players quickly gathered around him.
After a few moments, team trainer Paul Lessard helped Sadler to his feet, and sent him to team physician Roger McCoy for further tests.
Lessard said Sadler had a concussion.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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