Report: Twins' Radke to test shoulder on Tuesday

He pitched with a sore shoulder for most of the season and, at times, carried the Minnesota Twins. Now, he wants to see if he can just give the team a final push.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on Sunday that starter Brad Radke will play catch before the Twins' game against the Oakland A's on Tuesday.

"A lot of this is going to depend on Tuesday," Radke told the Star-Tribune. "If I feel good, then I'll start building it up."

Radke, who is 12-9 with a 4.46 ERA, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his shoulder two weeks ago. He hadn't pitched a bullpen session since May and received cortisone shots in July and August. Now, he hopes to return by the last week of the regular season, but "if I feel good it could be sooner," Radke said.

The timing could prove critical. After Sunday's 12-1 win over the Tigers, Minnesota trailed Detroit by only two games in the AL Central. The Twins led the Chicago White Sox by 1½ games in the AL wild-card race.