Twins hold first day of full squad workouts
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins held their first full squad workouts of Spring Training today with the day beginning with manager Ron Gardenhire addressing all 67 players in big league camp in a team meeting.
Gardenhire stressed turning the page on the struggles of the last two seasons and called on his players to take pride in playing for the Twins.
“It was basically, welcome here and expectations,” Gardenhire said. “What you can and can’t control, that type of stuff, and how we expect everybody to handle themselves.”
After the meeting, the pitchers and position players broke up into different groups with the pitchers throwing bullpens and working on fielding practice with the hitters doing fielding practice and taking batting practice.
Live batting practice isn’t set to start until Monday, when Twins pitchers will get a chance to throw against the position players in camp.
Here are some other notes from Twins camp:
— Scott Diamond, who had a bone chip removed from his left elbow, admitted that today wasn’t his best day. He said his flat-ground session didn’t quite feel as sharp as the day before but that he’s slated to throw from 150 feet tomorrow. He hopes to throw off a mound sometime next week but is still questionable for Opening Day.
— Gardenhire said there are no favorites in the middle infield competition that’s set to include Jamey Carroll, Brian Dozier, Pedro Florimon and Eduardo Escobar. But Dozier will work almost exclusively at second base this spring after coming up to the big leagues last year as a shortstop.
— There is no competition at third base, as Gardenhire said that Trevor Plouffe is his third baseman. The club talked about adding competition there this offseason but never added another third baseman to the roster.
— Top outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia put on a show in batting practice. He displayed all of the raw power that makes him a top prospect by hitting balls into the next field. He’s expected to start at Triple-A Rochester but could see time with the Twins this season.
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