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Hendriks to start Hammond Stadium opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Liam Hendriks is scheduled to start the Grapefruit League home opener against the Rays at Hammond Stadium on Sunday, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Hendriks, 24, is set to pitch a day after right-hander Kevin Correia starts against the Orioles in the Grapefruit League opener in Sarasota.

Hendriks, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, posted a 5.59 ERA in 16 starts with the Twins and a 2.20 ERA in 16 starts at Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins are also set to play in an instraquad game on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The game is expected to be six innings and will feature P.J. Walters, B.J. Hermsen, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Caleb Thielbar, Jose Berrios and Andrew Albers.

“A lot of the kids are going to be throwing in the intrasquad game,” Gardenhire said. “So that’ll be good.”

Here are other notes from camp:

— Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who is dealing with sore right calf, is participating in running and fielding drills but isn’t expected to make his Grapefruit League debut until next week. Jamey Carroll will see time at third in his absence.

— Gardenhire said he’s not locked in to carrying three catchers like he did most of last season. Here’s what he said about the bench: “We’re going to figure that out as we go here. I know we want a little more something off the bench instead of two utility guys and a backup catcher. I’m going to have a better bench and have a little more weapons.”

— Gardenhire wasn’t pleased with the effort of some pitchers in drills. He said he plans on tightening up practice tomorrow, as only six pitchers are scheduled to throw live bullpens. “Some guys were not locked in. But that happens after doing it for eight days. So we had to stop it and yell.”

— I had a nice conversation with Anthony Slama, who is in big league camp after spending last year in Minor League camp. The Twins need to give him a shot at some point this season, if only because he has a career 1.99 ERA in the Minors and had a 1.39 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 39 innings at Triple-A Rochester last season. Look for a story on him soon.

And here are a few photos:

Twins make first offseason roster moves

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins announced today they outrighted catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Matt Tolbert, outfielder Jason Repko, and right-hander Anthony Slama to Triple-A Rochester.

Additionally, the Twins reinstated right-hander Nick Blackburn (forearm surgery) and second baseman Alexi Casilla (right hamstring strain) from the 60-day disabled list. As a result of their roster moves, the Twins now have 38 players on their 40-man roster.

Rivera, 28, appeared in 45 games with the Twins, hitting .144 with a .211 on-base percentage and .202 slugging percentage with one homer and five RBIs.

Tolbert, 29, hit .198/.252/.266 with five RBIs and three stolen bases in 87 games while seeing time at second base, shortstop and third base.

Repko, 30, battled various injuries during the regular season, playing in 67 games and batting .226/.270/.286 with two homers and 11 RBIs.

Slama, meanwhile, made just two relief appearances with the Twins, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings. The 27-year-old, who saw his season end in early July with a strained muscle in his right elbow, posted a 2.92 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 16 walks in 37 innings with Triple-A Rochester.

Gibson, Slama to avoid Tommy John surgery

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins top pitching prospect Kyle Gibson was diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, and will head to Fort Myers, Fla. this week to begin strengthening and flexibility exercises of the right shoulder and elbow, according to general manager Bill Smith.

Gibson is expected to avoid Tommy John surgery for now, as the estimated return for him will be determined after the initial phase of his rehab program.

Fellow Triple-A Rochester right-hander Anthony Slama was also diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow, and will head to Florida to begin his rehab process along with Gibson.

Both pitchers underwent MRIs last week and met with team orthopedists, Dr. Dan Buss and Dr. John Steubs, on Monday, before undergoing further testing on Tuesday.

Gibson, 23, was originally placed on the Minor League disabled list with soreness in the flexor muscle area near his elbow and underwent an MRI on Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 right-hander is the 33rd-ranked prospect in baseball and No. 2 in the Twins’ system, according to

Gibson, the club’s first-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, had been struggling recently, as he went 0-5 with a 6.47 ERA in eight starts over June and July. It came after he entered June with a 3.60 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 55 innings.

Slama, meanwhile, was placed on the Minor League disabled list on July 6 because of elbow soreness. The reliever posted a 2.92 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 37 innings with Triple-A Rochester before his injury. The 26-year-old also tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings with the Twins this year in a brief stint with the club from late May into early June.

Gibson could need Tommy John surgery

ANAHEIM — Twins top prospect Kyle Gibson was placed on the Minor League disabled list with a right flexor mass and underwent an MRI today, and is expected to receive the results on Monday.

Gibson, who is expected to fly to Minneapolis on Sunday, will have the results of his MRI examined by team physicians Dr. John Steubs and Dr. Daniel Buss tomorrow. The Twins are worried the 23-year-old could need Tommy John surgery.

Gibson, a 6-foot-6 right-hander who was the club’s first-round Draft pick in 2009, had his start with Triple-A Rochester skipped on July 27 after experiencing soreness near his elbow. He has a 3-8 record and a 4.81 ERA in 18 starts this season, with 91 strikeouts and 27 walks over 95 1/3 innings.

“You’re always concerned it might be the ulnar nerve,” Twins Minor League director Jim Rantz said by telephone. “I think we’ve got to wait until we get a reading from our doctors. But there’s enough concern that we’re bringing him to Minnesota.”

Fellow Rochester right-hander Anthony Slama, who was placed on the Minor League disabled list on July 6, is also scheduled to head to Minneapolis for tests on his elbow.

“He’s been out a while and doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” Rantz said.