Rain, rain go away
By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com
The Twins first full squad workout was today but some rain showers forced it to be halted a tad early.
Not before many of us writers got a little wet while standing behind the batting cage to watch some live batting practice. Carl Pavano and Scott Baker threw to an impressive group of hitters –Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Jim Thome and Michael Cuddyer.
We were still standing out in the elements when the second group of hitters came up to bat, including Brendan Harris, Denard Span and Rene Tosoni. But we didn’t last for that entire hitting session as the rain began to fall harder.
When Harris teased the reporters for being “growing soft” as we retreated to the dugout to get away from the rain, LaVelle Neal of the Star Tribune had an appropriate response. “We’re not paid to be in the rain,” he said.
— Despite the rain, there were no injuries to report in camp other than shortstop Estarlin De Los Santos, who has some arm soreness and has been shut down from throwing for a couple days..
— While Tony Oliva has been around for a couple day, many of the other special instructors arrived before Saturday’s first full squad workout. Paul Molitor, Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew were all on hand for rainy day. Killebrew had to miss TwinsFest last month after having his gallblader removed but he said he’s starting to feel much better.
— Another heartwarming moment on Saturday was seeing Minor League hitting coach Ricardo Ingram walking around the clubhouse. Ingram had to take a leave of absence from Triple-A Rochester last year to undergo treatments at Duke University for a cancerous brain tumor. He’s been cleared to work this season and his role will be as a roving hitting instructor for Rochester and Double-A New Britain. Everyone seemed excited to see Ingram. He was greeted with hugs from many players and coaches and he spent a long time talking with Jacque Jones.
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