By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Day 1 of the Twins’ Spring Training is now officially underway as the pitchers and catchers are getting set for their first official workout.
Everyone always counts reporting day as the kickoff of spring, but not every Twins pitcher and catcher has to show up at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers on that day. Really the work gets started this morning with manager Ron Gardenhire getting the first meeting underway at 9 a.m. ET and then the groups dispersing to get the first workout underway.
It looked like everyone would be in attendance for the first workout, judging by looking around the clubhouse. Everyone that is except for right-hander Yorman Bazardo, a non-roster invitee, who general manager Bill Smith said would be reporting late due to a travel issue.
A few quick thoughts from yesterday’s report day and this morning before workouts:
— Jose Mijares looks to be in good shape, perhaps even a few pounds lighter than he was at the end of last season. Gardy stopped Mijares in the clubhouse to tell the lefty how good he looked. After many springs where Mijares has shown up out of shape, it’s certainly a positive sign to see him looking like this at the start.
–Joe Nathan, Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins, Matt Capps, Brian Duensing Francisco Liriano and
Anthony Slama are among pitchers scheduled to throw in the bullpen
— Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka met each other for the first time yesterday in the clubhouse when Nishioka walked over to the catcher and said “Hello, nice to meet you.” And so the Twins star and the star in Japan got their official introductions out of the way.
All right, off to watch the workouts. More from camp later.