Twins hold final workout before Grapefruit League play

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins held their final workout of Spring Training before their Grapefruit League opener against the Orioles tomorrow in Sarasota.

It was a much shorter workout than in previous days, as only six pitchers — Mike Pelfrey, Michael Tonkin, Deolis Guerra, Caleb Thielbar, Samuel Deduno and Trevor May — threw live bullpen sessions.

Right-hander Kevin Correia is set to start in the opener tomorrow, and is expected to go two innings or 40 pitches. He’s one of nine pitchers set to make the trip to Sarasota, as Shairon Martis, Ryan Pressly, Josh Roenicke, Tim Wood, Anthony Slama, Luis Perdomo, Bryan Augenstein and Tyler Robertson are also on the travel list.

But the Twins will be without Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer as well as Trevor Plouffe, Jamey Carroll, Aaron Hicks and Joe Benson.

The Twins also just released their lineup for the first game against the Orioles. Here it is:

1. Darin Mastroianni, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Ryan Doumit, DH
5. Chris Parmelee, RF
6. Chris Colabello, 1B
7. Brian Dozier, 2B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Kevin Correia

Here are some other notes from camp:

— Guerra was added to Team Venezuela’s official roster for the World Baseball Classic and will leave camp on March 3. He’s one of 13 Twins players set to participate.

— Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wouldn’t say who will bat second this season. Personally, I think it makes sense to move Mauer up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup given the club’s lack of top-of-the-order options but we’ll see what he decides.

— After Liam Hendriks starts on Sunday, other pitchers on the list to throw are closer Glen Perkins, Jared Burton, Brian Duensing, Kyle Gibson, Bryan Augenstein, Luis Perdomo, Anthony Slama and Deolis Guerra. Augenstein, Perdomo and Slama are also making the trip to Sarasota on Saturday, so if they pitch in the Grapefruit League opener they won’t pitch on Sunday.

And here are a few photos:

1 Comment

“Personally, I think it makes sense to move Mauer up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup given the club’s lack of top-of-the-order options”

That’s nuts. You are taking away RBI opportunities from Mauer and whoever bats third in his place. You are giving those opportunities to the guys who would be batting 5-8 if Mauer bats third. Here is a full analysis:

If Gardenhire does that, he should be fired.

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