FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Minnesota Twins pitcher Eric Milton could be out for six months because of his injured knee.
Milton, a left-hander who was slated to be the Twins' No. 2 starter, had surgery on his left knee Wednesday in Park City, Utah. The arthroscopic procedure by Dr. Thomas Rosenberg found torn and loose cartilage, and inflammation that resembled arthritis.
Milton said Rosenberg told him it would be four to six months before he could return to playing.
"I have to be on crutches for a month so it's going to be a long road," Milton said. "I saw the video the day after the surgery and it was enlightening."
Twins (ss) 14, Indians (ss) 3
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones homered as the Twins scored 10 runs in the third inning and beat the Cleveland Indians 14-3 in a split-squad game Sunday.
Rookie Justin Morneau had four hits and four RBI for the Twins. Hunter, Jones, Morneau and Todd Sears all homered in a 10-hit, 10-run third that was fueled by a throwing error by Cleveland second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Morneau, a 21-year-old first baseman, went 4-for-5 and scored three runs. Hunter went 3-for-3 with three RBI.
Sears hit his fifth homer. The 6-foot-5 first baseman is batting .346 with 10 RBIs this spring.
Twins starter Johan Santana allowed four hits in four scoreless innings. The left-hander has yielded one run in eight innings.
Tigers 9, Twins (ss) 6
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Pena's first home run of the spring helped lift the Detroit Tigers to a 9-6 win over a split-squad of Twins on Sunday.
Minnesota right-hander Kyle Lohse gave up four earned runs on five hits and struck out five in three innings for the Twins.
Twins left fielder Michael Ryan led off the game with his first home run of the spring.
Twins 6, Orioles 4
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Cuddyer homered and drove in two runs, and Michael Restovich hit a two-run triple to lead the Twins to a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
Twins starter Rick Reed allowed one earned run and six hits in three innings.
Eddie Guardado got the win for Minnesota with one inning of relief in the sixth.
Note: Outfielder B.J. Garbe has been diagnosed with a condition called anxiety-induced vertigo, which has caused some dizziness.
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