Josh Willingham to have MRI on knee

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham was scratched from the lineup Monday against the New York Yankees with discomfort in his left knee.

Willingham was slotted to be the designated hitter in the series opener Monday night. But the Twins say he experienced increasing discomfort in his knee as he went through his pregame routine. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday.

"It hasn't got any better, might have even got a touch worse, I don't know," Willingham told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I thought [a cortisone shot] helped there for a while, but then I tweaked it again, and it hasn't gotten better.

"Today I didn't run during batting practice, and I thought I felt OK," Willingham added to the Star Tribune. "I went to run before the game, and it wasn't happening."

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire shuffled his lineup to accommodate the injury. He moved Trevor Plouffe from third base to DH and inserted Jamey Carroll at third base.

The Twins also were missing catcher Joe Mauer, given the day off after coming to the ballpark feeling under the weather. Mauer's 74 games played are tied with Justin Morneau for most on the Twins.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.