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Jason Bartlett


Bartlett had a career-high five hits in the Minnesota Twins' 11-5 win over the Kansas City Royals Sunday. The Twins shortstop is Minnesota's No. 9 hitter and is riding a nine-game hitting streak. He went 5-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs Sunday.


The Minnesota Twins released second baseman Bret Boone and recalled Bartlett from Triple-A Rochester on Monday. Bartlett, the Twins' Opening Day shortstop, struggled over the first six weeks of the season before a mid-May demotion to Rochester. He returns after batting .332 with a .405 on-base percentage and 41 runs scored in 61 Triple-A contests.


On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins sent Bartlett to Triple-A Rochester, so that the promising, young shortstop can play every day. Over the last week, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has gone with Juan Castro as the starting shortstop, after Bartlett struggled both offensively and defensively during the month of May. Bartlett heads to Rochester after batting .242 with a .310 on-base percentage in 26 games.


Bartlett has struggled to jump-start his bat, and after some defensive difficulties in May, the Twins' rookie shortstop has found himself on the bench more often than not lately. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire has turned to Juan Castro as the team's starting shortstop over the last week. Bartlett is batting .242 with 16 runs scored, 12 RBI and an on-base percentage of .310 in 26 games.


Bartlett, who tore the fingernail off his left pinky Sunday while moving the TV in his hotel room, could be in the Minnesota lineup on Wednesday. The Twins are scheduled for a night game in Kansas City.

The Twins' rookie is batting .250 (13-for-52) with three doubles, a homer and nine runs scored in 13 games this season.


Bartlett tore the fingernail off his left pinky finger Sunday, while moving the TV in his hotel room for a better view. His finger got caught under the appliance and he lost a nail. The finger was tender on Monday, and the rookie shortstop was not in the Twins' lineup for Monday's series finale in Detroit. He is day-to-day.