Perfect weather for a Photo Day
The Twins workout got off to a later start than usual this morning due to the team’s annual Photo Day. Although it’s been chilly and windy for many of the workout days, the Twins got a break on Monday with a warmer, sunny day. A fitting time for the weather to improve considering how many pictures had to be taken.
Here are some notes from the day:
— Jose Morales had the cast removed from his surgically repaired right wrist on Monday. He’s now set to start working on getting the strength and flexibility back in his wrist. It will be two weeks before the switch-hitter will be allowed to swing from the right side and four weeks before he will swing from the left side. So it looks like Morales will still be pushing to be ready in time for Opening Day.
— Manager Ron Gardenhire passed along Boston’s pitching lineup for the three games the two clubs will play against each other this week. So here are the matchups:
Thursday: Nick Blackburn/Kevin Slowey vs. Josh Beckett
Friday: Carl Pavano vs. Jon Lester
Saturday: Francisco Liriano vs. John Lackey
Also I wanted to pass along a funny exchange with Jose Mijares, who was struck by a line drive off Jason Kubel’s bat while throwing live batting practice on Sunday.
I walked over to Mijares’ locker in the clubhouse today and before I could even get there, Mijares pointed to his arm and gave me a big thumbs up. The left-hander then said that his arm is a little sore but he’ll be OK. He plans to throw live batting practice on Tuesday.
Mijares didn’t use a screen to pitch behind on Sunday. But when I asked him if he’ll use one on Tuesday, his answer was emphatic.
“Yeah, a BIG one,” he said.