Cold, windy day at Lee County Sports Complex
FORT MYERS, Fla. — With temperatures in the 40s and heavy winds today, it wasn’t a typical Florida day for the Twins during their second day of full workouts.
But the club was still able to get through all of the drills, including infield practice, pitchers fielding practice, bullpen sessions and batting practice.
“We got everything done,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It was a good day. Guys were really locked in. It was really fun to watch. The PFP went great on our field. I didn’t see the guys down the street but everybody said they did good. But our group was really locked in today. It was the best round yet.”
The most entertaining part of practice was the pop-up drills behind the plate for the catchers at Hammond Stadium. New bench coach Terry Steinbach had a little trouble operating the machine because of the wind with three balls coming back to hit the machine.
“The wind and the high sky where the ball looks like a golf ball up high up there and Steiny hitting the machine, all of those made for elements that made it tough,” Gardenhire said. “But it was good to get guys on the main stadium so that guys know the distance and all that. So it was a good drill for them. But it’s tough.”
Here are a few other notes from today’s workouts:
— Rafael Perez threw his first bullpen since joining the Twins on a Minor League deal and looked sharp, according to pitching coach Rick Anderson. Perez is coming off shoulder surgery so he’ll be monitored closely this spring but the plan for now is to try to stretch him out as a starter.
— Rich Harden didn’t throw a bullpen, as he took an extra day off because he’s coming off shoulder surgery. But Anderson said it was planned and not a setback.
— Tomorrow will mark the first day that Twins pitchers throw to Twins hitters in live batting practice. So it should make for a more interesting day.