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Slama to have MRI on elbow: Twins vs. Cardinals 3/7

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Anthony Slama is scheduled to have an MRI on his right elbow Monday.

Slama last pitched a week ago and he said he’s been experiencing some discomfort in his elbow since then. His hope is that the MRI comes back clean and he’ll back throwing in 2-3 days.

No other injury updates so far this morning. I’ll pass along more if we I find anything out later.

The Twins will try to continue their five-game spring winning streak against a Cardinals team that’s sans Albert Pujols today, since the slugger didn’t make the trip.

Cardinals (5-3)

Skip Schumaker, 2B
Ryan Theriot, SS
Colby Rasmus, CF
Lance Berkman, DH
Allen Craig, RF
Mark Hamilton, 1B
Yadier Molina, C
David Freese, 3B
Jon Jay, LF
Pitching: RHP Jake Westbrook

Others scheduled to pitch: Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, Trever Miller, Blake King, Adam Ottavino

Twins

(6-2)
Denard Span, CF
Matt Tolbert, SS
Jason Kubel, RF
Jim Thome, DH
Luke
Hughes, 3B
Jeff Bailey, 1B
Rene Rivera, C
Ben Revere, LF
Trevor Plouffe, 2B
Pitching: RHP Scott Baker

Others scheduled to pitch: Jose Mijares, Joe Nathan, Glen Perkins, Carlos Gutierrez, Phil Dumatrait

A few raindrops falling: Twins vs. Orioles 3/6

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Today was the annual MLB Players Association meeting so there was hardly any clubhouse access this morning.

It’s been raining this morning and it seems like that’s the first time all spring that the weather has been even a bit gloomy, at least that I can remember. Not that it’s a bad thing to have a little bit of rain. I’ve been trying to avoid too many weather references knowing all the snow that’s been falling back at home but it has been a wonderful Spring Training in terms of the weather this year.

The Twins have scheduled another B-game for Tuesday at 9 a.m. CT against the Pirates,
with Kevin Slowey, Kyle Gibson, Deolis Guerra and David Bromberg
scheduled to pitch. Carl Pavano will get the nod in the ‘A’ game that day at Hammond Stadium.

I’ll have more updates later, including whether or not Joe Mauer catches a bullpen session this morning.

UPDATE: No sign of Joe Mauer catching a bullpen session today and I didn’t see anything about it on the schedule. We’ll talk to Gardy after the game and see if it did happen, although the manager indicated yesterday that it might not happen today.

Former Twins pitcher Jim Kaat has arrived in camp and he was out on the field in uniform for the workout this morning.

The weather has also cleared up with the sun even peaking out and making a few appearances.

Orioles (4-1)

Randy Winn, RF
Roberto Andino, 2B
Nolan Reimold, LF
Jake Fox, DH
Josh Bell, 1B
Felix Pie, CF
Brendan Harris, 3B
Craig Tatum, C
Cesar Izturis, SS
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Guthrie

Others scheduled to pitch: Rick VandenHurk, Armando Gabino, Wynn Pelzer

Twins

(5-2)
Denard Span, CF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
Danny Valencia, 3B
Luke Hughes, DH
Jeff Bailey, 1B
Jason
Repko, RF
Rene Tosoni, LF
Steve Holm, C
Alexi Casilla, SS
Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing

Others scheduled to pitch: Jim Hoey, Chuck James, Scott Diamond, Anthony Swarzak

Twins at Rays 3/5

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Here are the lineups quickly. I’ll have more a little later after Gardy talks.

UPDATE: Ladies and gentleman, the Twins second baseman for the start of the 2011 season will be Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that he’s decided on Nishioka at second base, meaning that Alexi Casilla will be at shortstop. Gardy said he spoke with Nishioka, who told him that right now he feels more comfortable at second base and Gardy likes Casilla’s range and arm at shortstop. So we have the setup for the middle infield.

Twins
(4-2)

Ben Revere, LF
Matt Tolbert, SS
Jason
Kubel, DH
Danny Valencia, 3B
Chris Parmelee, 1B
Jason Repko, CF
Brian Dinkelman, RF
Trevor Plouffe, SS
Drew Butera, C
Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn

Others scheduled to pitch: Matt
Capps, Pat Neshek, Phil Dumatrait, Jeff Manship, Dusty Hughes, Kyle Waldrop, Alex Burnett

Rays (1-5-1)

John Jaso, C
Johnny Damon, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Manny Ramirez, DH
Dan Johnston, 1B
B.J. Upton, CF
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Desmond Jennings, RF
Ray Olmedo, SS
Pitching: RHP Andy Sonnanstine

Others

scheduled to pitch: Adam Russell, Chris Bootcheck, Chris Archer

Twins vs. Rays 3/4

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. — I’m headed off to watch Francisco Liriano pitch in the ‘B’ game at the Minor League complex that starts at 10 a.m. ET.

UPDATE: Liriano was a little erratic in his first spring start. He pitched two innings and threw close to 40 pitches. He gave up a run while allowing three hits, walking two and hitting a batter. He also recorded one strikeout.

Still Liriano, who batted some shoulder soreness early in camp, seemed to have decent velocity and that’s a positive considering the early setback. Liriano said afterward that his arm felt good in his outing, but he felt that he was just rushing himself a bit.

“I wasn’t able to locate my fastball today,” Liriano said. “I think I was overthrowing. It was my first outing and I think I was pretty excited to be out there throwing. I think I jut have to calm down, make an adjustment, stay back and locate.”

Liriano said he threw all of his pitches and while he was upset with his fastball location, he was pleased with his changeup in the outing.

Here are today’s lineups for the “varsity game” as Gardy called it:

Rays (1-4-1)

B.J. Upton, CF
John Jaso, DH
Evan Longoria, 3B
Manny Ramirez, LF
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Felipe Lopez, 2B
Justin Ruggiano, RF
Jose Lobaton, C
Reid Brignac, SS
Pitching: LHP Alex Torres

Twins
(3-2)

Denard Span, CF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
Jason Kubel, RF
Jim Thome, DH
Luke Hughes, 3B
Jeff Bailey, 1B
Rene Rivera, C
Jason Repko, LF
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Pitching: RHP Kevin Slowey

Others scheduled to pitch: Jose Mijares, Joe Nathan, Eric Hacker, Carlos Gutierrez, Kyle Gibson, Yorman Bazardo

First spring roadtrip: Twins at Pirates 3/2

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

BRADENTON, Fla. — It’s been a little bit of a busy morning so far with both Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau returning from separate visits to see doctors yesterday.

As you’ve likely already read on this blog, Morneau had a scheduled visit with his doctor in Pittsburgh on Tuesday and he still has not been cleared to play in games. But Morneau said this doctor’s visit is not a sign of a setback. He’s continuing to make progress, there is just no timetable for him yet.

Cuddyer said that it was a mutual decision between himself and the team to have the plantar wart on his left foot removed. The hope was that the cream was working but it was just taking too long. So now, Cuddyer is happy that he should have time at the end of spring to prepare himself for the regular season.

I also spoke with Joe Nathan this morning, who said he was experiencing just normal soreness the day after his first game action. He said it’s no different than what he felt after throwing bullpen sessions, so that’s a positive sign. He also said that scouts had his fastball touching 92 mph on their radar guns Tuesday with his slider around 86-88 mph. Those are good numbers for a guy that typically doesn’t gain velocity until later in spring.

Gardy also said that Brian Duensing has earned the right to be in the rotation, which is the first time this spring that it’s sounds like Duensing might be close to a lock for one of the starting  spots. I’ll have more updates later.

Here are lineups and pitchers today:

Twins
(1-2)

Ben Revere, CF
Trevor Plouffe, SS
Jason
Kubel, DH
Danny Valencia, 3B
Luke Hughes, 2B
Jeff Bailey, 1B
Brian Dinkelman, LF
Steve Holm, C
Jason Repko, RF
Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing

Others scheduled to pitch: Matt Capps, Pat Neshek, Phil Dumatrait, Jeff Manship, Dusty Hughes

Pirates (3-2)

Jose Tabata, LF
Corey Wimberly, SS
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Pedro Alvarez, 3B
Neil Walker, 2B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Steve Pearce, DH
Ryan Doumit, C
Andrew Lambo, RF
Pitching: RHP Ross Ohlendorf

Others
scheduled to pitch: Tony Watson, Joel Hanrahan, Jose Veras, Mike Crotta, Chris Leroux

Morneau making progress but no games yet

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

BRADENTON, Fla. — Justin Morneau visited the doctor in Pittsburgh on Tuesday for what was a previously scheduled appointment but he still has yet to be cleared in games.

Morneau made it clear that he continues to make progress in his recovery from the concussion that he suffered on July 7 last year, but there is still no timetable for his return, he said.

“Everything’s still going good,” said Morneau. “It wasn’t like we’re going to run up [to the
doctor] if something happened. It was something already planned. It’s
been planned for a while.

“We’re going to continue what we’re doing, and when you see me in the
lineup, that’s when I’m cleared for games.  There’s no timetable,
there’s nothing. Test results — everything’s still improving. It’s not
all the way there yet, but it’s a lot closer than it was.”

Morneau said he’ll continue with the same workouts, which has included taking batting practice, facing live pitching and doing fielding drills like he has all spring.

“Pretty much everything except no game action,” Morneau said. “No activity
where I could be in danger, where there’s still a risk of injury.”

I’ll have more on Morneau later but here was the quick update for now.

Nathan’s first game action: Twins vs. Red Sox 3/1

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joe Nathan will take the next big step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery on Tuesday afternoon at Hammond Stadium.

Nathan is set to take the mound in a game for the first time since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last spring in a game against the Red Sox on March 6 at City of Palms Park. Nathan underwent surgery on March 26 and since then he’s reported no setbacks. But of course this is a big day for the 36-year-old right-hander as he works to regain his closer role with the Twins and prove he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

But Nathan isn’t the only pitcher to watch in this contest. Right-hander Scott Baker, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow this offseason, is making his first start of the spring. Baker had a slight setback last month after pushing his recovery but he’s back on track once again.

Another piece of news from Twins camp is that Jim Kaat will be joining the team’s Spring Training staff.

Kaat, 72, will be in uniform as a special instructor from Sunday through next Friday. The pitcher, who spent 25 years in the big leagues including 13 of those with the Twins, is the Twins’ all-time leader in wins (189), games started (422) and innings pitched (2959 1/3).

Also, a slight tweak in the pitching schedule. Left-hander Francisco Liriano is going to pitch in a ‘B’ game on Friday, so Kevin Slowey will get the start in the ‘A’ game against the Rays at Hammond Stadium that day.

Here are the lineups and note how many interesting pitchers there are to watch for the Twins today:

Red Sox (1-1)
Marco Scutaro, SS
Jed Lowrie, 2B
Mike Cameron, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Ryan Kalish, CF
Darnell McDonald, LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Josh Reddick, RF
Drew Sutton, 1B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester

Others
scheduled to pitch: Alfredo Aceves, Jonathan Papelbon, Tony Pena Jr., Randy Williams, Rich Hill

Twins
(1-1)

Denard Span, CF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
Danny Valencia, 3B
Jim Thome, DH
Joe Benson, RF
Chris Parmelee, 1B
Rene Tosoni, LF
Drew Butera, C
Alexi Casilla, SS
Pitching: RHP Scott Baker

Others scheduled to pitch: Joe Nathan, Jose Mijares, Kyle Gibson, Carlos Gutierrez, Yorman Bazardo, David Bromberg, Kyle Waldrop, Deolis Guerra

Mayor’s Cup Competition Take 2: Twins at Red Sox 2/28

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

Fort Myers, Fla. — The Twins are getting set to play their second of three straight contests against the Red Sox to open up the spring. This time they’re at City of Palms Park.

Michael Cuddyer said this morning that there is really no update about the wart on his left foot. Cuddyer is trying the cream that he received this weekend to treat the wart but for now, there has been no change and it’s a waiting process. One that Cuddyer certainly does not enjoy as he said he really wants to get back on the field.

Other than that, not much news yet this morning. We’re going to try to talk to manager Ron Gardenhire before the game and if there are any updates, including about exactly when Justin Morneau might go see a doctor this week to get cleared for games, I’ll pass them along.

For now, here are the lineups and pitchers:

Twins
(1-0)

Ben Revere, LF
Trevor Plouffe, SS
Jason
Kubel, DH
Luke Hughes, 3B
Jeff Bailey, 1B
Brian Dinkelman, RF
Matt Tolbert, 2B
Rene Rivera, C
Jason Repko, CF
Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn

Others scheduled to pitch: Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins, Anthony Slama, Jim Hoey, David Bromberg, Deolis Guerra, Eric Hacker, Kyle Waldrop

Red Sox (0-1)

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Carl Crawford, LF
David Ortiz, DH
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Varitek, C
Brent Dlugach, SS
Drew Sutton, 1B
Yamaico Navarro, 3B
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka

Others
scheduled to pitch: Tim Wakefield, Andrew Miller, Daniel Bard, Matt Albers, Matt Fox

Mauer downplays lubricating shots for his left knee

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Twins catcher Joe Mauer downplayed the lubricating shots that he’s receiving in his surgically repaired left knee, saying Wednesday morning that they are “not really that big of a deal.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire revealed Tuesday that Mauer had received a shot of medication to help lubricate his left knee joint and general manager Bill Smith confirmed the news that Mauer had gotten a shot after Tuesday’s workout.

“I was surprised that it was out there,” Mauer said as he spoke with reporters before Wednesday’s first full squad workout. “Usually a lot of these things happen and you never know about it. But nothing set me back or anything like that. It was part of the plan, and [I’m] just working my way back.”

Tuesday’s shot was the first of a series of around 3 or 4 shots that he will receive in his left knee, Mauer said. The shots will occur once a week and Mauer stressed that they were a planned part of his treatment following minor surgery that he had on his knee in mid-December.

“It’s not that I need it,” Mauer said of the shots. “It’s more of a preventative thing just to make sure I’m good to go for the season. So like I said it’s really not that big of a deal and I kind of wish it wasn’t out there but here we are.”

Mauer will take things easy during Wednesday’s workout  and possibly Thursday as he lets the shot take effect. He has been taking part in the daily workouts since pitchers and catchers reported last Thursday, although Mauer has yet to catch a bullpen session this spring. Gardenhire reiterated Tuesday that the Twins plan to keep Mauer’s workload light throughout the spring to help ensure that he’s healthy for the regular season.

Mauer said the decision to have the shots was made shortly after he had the surgery on his left knee. The knee is the same one that Mauer had surgery on in 2004, his rookie season, when he had a torn medial meniscus repaired.

`We talked about it a little bit as a possibility,” Mauer said of the shots. “It’s pretty common. A lot of athletes have them. I guess being a catcher and all that stuff, it might sound a lot worse than what it is.’

Busy day in Fort Myers: Day 5 of ST

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

The last day of pitchers and catchers workouts for the Twins started out this morning with a large group of Japanese media gathered inside the home clubhouse awaiting Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

Nishioka did not work out on Tuesday, but he spent some time greeting his new teammates, shaking hands with them as he walked around the entire clubhouse. The infielder then met with the Japanese media and finally the American media before heading out as he awaits the first full squad workout on Wednesday.

It was far from the only thing that drew attention on Tuesday. First baseman Justin Morneau was greeted with a light smattering of applause from fans when he started taking swings with his teammates on one of the back fields at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Morneau hit in a group with Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Jim Thome and wore a protective batting helmet while doing so. He then fielded ground balls, taking throws from third and practiced turning double plays. It’s some of the same activities that Morneau has been doing in Arizona but it was a big step to see him back on the field with his teammates for the first time in awhile.

Delmon Young has arrived in Fort Myers, meaning that all of the Twins players are now officially in camp and ready for Wednesday’s first full squad workout. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the club is healthy heading into the workout, although Scott Baker might be backed off a day or too before throwing live BP.

Francisco Liriano threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and all the reports are that everything went well.

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