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Josmil Pinto is day-to-day with a minor quad injury.

It puts him a little behind schedule, but he'll be fine. Expect Pinto to be game-ready sometime next week.
Mar 6 - 12:47 PM

Miguel Sano (elbow) registered a single, a walk, and a stolen base in the Twins' exhibition win over the University of Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Sano was forced to miss the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, but he's been a restriction-free participant in Twins camp this spring and put on a show Wednesday night with fellow top prospect Byron Buxton, who smacked two doubles against the Golden Gophers. "This is the team for the future in Minnesota," Sano told reporters after the 3-1 victory.
Mar 5 - 8:47 AM

Byron Buxton went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored in his spring debut Wednesday night against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Buxton is again generating big-time buzz in Twins camp after appearing in only 31 minor league games last season due to injuries. "With Buxton, it was fun to see him run around like that," manager Paul Molitor told reporters after Wednesday's 3-1 win. The 21-year-old top outfield prospect could very well make his major league debut in late 2015.
Mar 5 - 8:42 AM

Trevor May (flu) threw 15-20 pitches off the mound Tuesday with no issue.

May was among a handful of players in Twins' camp who came down with the flu, but he's feeling better now and plans to face hitters on Wednesday. The 25-year-old posted a 7.88 ERA across nine starts and one relief appearance in his first taste of the majors last year and will likely begin 2015 in the minors. However, he should surface in the Twins' rotation at some point.
Mar 3 - 3:42 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that he views Mike Pelfrey as a starter.

Molitor said the same about Alex Meyer, shooting down some speculation that both could be used out of the bullpen. Pelfrey made just five starts last season prior to undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his throwing elbow. Tommy Milone is likely his top competition to lock down the fifth spot in the rotation this spring.
Mar 3 - 3:37 PM

The Twins are making progress on a contract extension with Brian Dozier, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The deal is believed to be close. The Twins signed starter Phil Hughes to an extension earlier this offseason and are ticking another box in extending Dozier. Dozier, 27, will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season, so an extension would likely cover all three years and potentially more. The second baseman broke out last season with a productive .242/.345/.416 slash line along with 23 home runs, 71 RBI, and 21 stolen bases last season. His combination of power and speed makes him extremely valuable, both to the Twins and to fantasy owners.
Mar 3 - 9:04 AM

Oswaldo Arcia was sent home early from Twins camp on Monday.

Arcia is battling a mild illness that seems to be making its way around the Twins' complex. It's not a big deal. The 23-year-old outfielder will be looking to take another big step forward in 2015 after batting .231/.300/.452 with 20 home runs in 103 games last season.
Mar 2 - 8:51 AM

Trevor Plouffe (illness) got back to work Monday morning in Twins camp.

Plouffe sat out of team workouts Saturday and Sunday due to a mild illness. It wasn't a serious concern.
Mar 2 - 8:29 AM

Mike Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters for the first time on Saturday since undergoing elbow surgery in May.

The veteran right-hander came away from the session feeling great and he was pleased with his overall ability to locate pitches. While he's in camp competing for a spot in the Twins' Opening Day rotation, he has indicated that he's also open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen.
Feb 28 - 2:37 PM

Trevor Plouffe missed Saturday's workout due to illness.

Plouffe attended the team's morning meeting before being sent home. He'll probably take it easy for a couple of days, but it certainly isn't anything that will impact his availability for the start of the regular season.
Feb 28 - 1:52 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday that he will use Glen Perkins in a conventional closer role and doesn't plan on using him for more than one inning.

In other words, Molitor doesn't plan on changing from the approach of former manager Ron Gardenhire. Perkins has 70 saves over the past two seasons, but only two of them required more than three outs. "I'm not big on expanding his role past the ninth inning in the short term," said Molitor. "Part of the success we want to have is to have guys who can bridge us however long that is. As the season goes, once in a while there could be those opportunities. But in the short term, I don't see that happening."
Feb 26 - 5:23 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday that Joe Mauer will hit no lower than third in the order this season.

It will either be second or third. Molitor's decision will ultimately hinge on where he sees Brian Dozier and Danny Santana hitting. "I've toyed with how different things might shake, but it's hard to be presumptuous because we have a few positions where we don't know who that will be," said Molitor. "It might influence what happens. I don't think he's going to have to worry about being anywhere on the backside of three." Mauer batted just .277/.361/.371 with four homers and 55 RBI over 120 games last season and doesn't hold nearly as much fantasy appeal as he once did now that he's only eligible at first base.
Feb 26 - 4:57 PM

Alex Meyer will leave Twins' camp following the death of his grandfather.

Meyer will miss two workouts and should be back in a few days. The 25-year-old right-hander is one of the Twins' top prospects and should make his major league debut this year.
Feb 25 - 1:12 PM

Michael Tonkin told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Jason Kubel isn't "actively seeking" a contract.

Tonkin is Kubel's brother-in-law, so he would likely know. Kubel, who turns 33 in May, batted just .224/.313/.295 with one home run over 176 plate appearances for the Twins last season before being released in June. He's not officially retired, but a return doesn't sound imminent.
Feb 25 - 9:49 AM

Danny Santana added about seven pounds of muscle during the offseason.

Santana skipped the Dominican Winter League and worked out with trainer Franklin Reynoso instead. After ending last season at around 178 pounds, he checked in at 185 pounds during TwinsFest last month. "Sometimes it was 2 1/2 or three hours," said Santana. "I feel good. We worked a lot on my shoulders and my legs." It will be difficult for the 24-year-old Santana to maintain his .319/.353/.472 batting line from last season, but he offers speed and should begin 2015 with an everyday job.
Feb 24 - 10:00 AM


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