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Lineups for Twins and Red Sox at Hammond Stadium

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Today marks the first game between the Twins and Red Sox in their annual battle for the Mayor’s Cup.

Well, actually there’s been some debate whether the Mayor’s Cup exists now that the Red Sox moved into JetBlue Park last year, as both teams are actually located in unincorporated Lee County and not in the city of Fort Myers. Either way, it’s the first of eight meetings between the two clubs in Grapefruit League play this year.

Josh Willingham returns to the lineup for the Twins after sitting out yesterday’s game in Jupiter with back stiffness. He leads all hitters in Spring Training with a .727 batting average. It also will be the last game for Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins before they depart for Arizona for the World Baseball Classic.

Right-hander Kyle Gibson also gets his first Grapefruit League start today. He’s been the most impressive pitcher I’ve seen in camp so far — his fastball was hitting 96 mph in his last outing — and has a legitimate chance to make the rotation.

I also talked to Scott Diamond (elbow) and Anthony Swarzak (ribs) this morning and they’re both encouraged by their recent progress. Diamond threw a full bullpen session and is scheduled to throw another one tomorrow with the hope of getting into his first game in mid-March. Swarzak played catch on Thursday and Friday but still doesn’t know when his first bullpen will be.

Red Sox (4-4)
1. Shane Victorino, RF
2. Ryan Sweeney, LF
3. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
4. Lyle Overbay, 1B
5. Juan Carlos Linares, DH
6. Mitch Maier, CF
7. Daniel Butler, C
8. Jose Iglesias, SS
9. Jonathan Diaz, 2B

RHP Clay Buchholz (Alfredo Aceves, Clayton Mortensen, Allen Webster, Jose De La Torre)

Twins (5-2)
1. Joe Benson, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, DH
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Kyle Gibson (Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, P.J. Walters, Esmerling Vasquez, Andrew Albers, Deolis Guerra, Anthony Slama, Caleb Thielbar)

Lineups for the Twins and Phillies at Hammond

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins will get a chance to see Ben Revere in a Phillies uniform, as he’s making the trip to Hammond Stadium and leading off and starting in center field for Philadelphia.

The Twins, though, are countering with prospect Aaron Hicks getting the start in center field and leading off after he had a nice game in Dunedin yesterday with two hits, including a double off the wall.

Justin Morneau is also playing in his fourth straight game but is starting at designated hitter after three games at first base. But he’s showing he’s very serious about playing in the World Baseball Classic by playing in so many games in a row this spring.

Chris Colabello is starting at first base with Morneau serving as DH. Look for a feature today on Colabello, who might be the happiest guy to be in big league camp after spending seven years in an independent league before playing with Double-A New Britain last season.

Right-hander Kevin Correia is also making the start for the Twins today but is scheduled to fly back home to San Diego after the game to attend the birth of his third child. He’ll be back on Sunday and will throw a bullpen before rejoining the rotation.

With Correia in San Diego, prospect Kyle Gibson is set to make his first Grapefruit League start on Saturday against the Red Sox. Gibson was impressive on Sunday against the Rays, throwing two scoreless innings with his fastball hitting 96 mph according to the scoreboard at Hammond Stadium.

Phillies (1-2)
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Domonic Brown, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Carlos Ruiz, C
6. John Mayberry, RF
7. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
8. Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B
9. Pete Orr, DH

LHP John Lannan (Adam Morgan, Antonio Bastardo, B.J. Rosenberg, Justin De Fratus)

Twins (2-2)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Chris Colabello, 1B
9. Pedro Florimon

RHP Kevin Correia (Jared Burton, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, P.J. Walters, Caleb Thielbar, Anthony Slama)

Gardenhire impressed by young arms in camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire got a glimpse of the future today, as he saw Vance Worley and prospects Alex Meyer and Kyle Gibson throw live batting practice to Twins hitters.

Of that group, Worley, who came over in the trade that sent Ben Revere to Philadelphia, is the only lock to make the rotation this spring while Gibson is competing for a spot.

Meyer and Gibson, however, are regarded as two of the better pitching prospects in baseball, as Meyer was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 40 overall prospect while Gibson was ranked No. 49.

“I saw some pretty good arms on my field,” Gardenhire said. “Kids throwing the ball, winging it. Pretty good angles with some pretty good arms. Always fun to watch, get a chance to see them versus hitters. But it’s still just versus our hitters. First time out there, throwing live BP in awhile for these guys, so you have to calm them down a little here and there. Most of them handle themselves pretty well. The younger ones want to show the world.”

Gardenhire said his goal this spring is to try and see as much as he can of the prospects and new additions in camp instead of just relying on scouting reports.

“I’m making my own decisions,” Gardenhire said. “I haven’t seen these guys enough to sit there and read reports and have somebody tell me this or that. I want to see them. I need to see these guys. I want to make my own decisions.”

Here are a few other notes from camp:

– Samuel Deduno was a late addition to the Dominican Republic’s preliminary roster for the World Baseball Classic. The roster is still only tentative but if he remains on the roster, he’ll leave camp in early March.

– Gibson said his live bullpen session went well. He was able to get several swings and misses even though he was telling hitters what was coming.

– I didn’t get a chance to see it but heard great things about the way pitching prospect Jose Berrios looked in his live bullpen session. He’s only in camp because he’s set to participate in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico.

– Trevor Plouffe is still limited by a sore right calf but it didn’t stop him from putting on a show in batting practice. I was told that one long homer to left field hit a car in the parking lot.

– I had a nice conversation with Worley, who explained how crazy it was for him when he was traded to the Twins. He was set to pick up his engagement ring the same day he was traded. You can read the story here.

– I also taped an interview with MLB.com’s video crew today so that should go up at Twinsbaseball.com at some point this week.

And here a few photos from camp:

Notes from a rainy day at Twins camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins were forced to change their workout plans today because of rain but manager Ron Gardenhire said everyone was still able to get their work in.

All 16 pitchers scheduled to throw bullpens, including Mike Pelfrey, Liam Hendriks, Tim Wood, Anthony Slama and Trevor May, were able to throw off the mound near the club’s Minor League complex.

The catchers — and the other position players who are here early in camp — hit in the batting cages while pitchers were able to work on their bunting.

“We got just about everything done except for some of the fundamentals like covering first base,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “But we do that a lot so we’re OK.”

The Twins also made some news today, as they signed left-hander Rafael Perez to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training. Perez is expected to get here on Saturday.

In an interesting move, the Twins are planning on stretching out Perez despite the fact he was used as a reliever during his time with the Indians. But he’s also coming off shoulder surgery in September so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares this spring. But it’s a low-risk deal on a guy with a combined 3.14 ERA dating back to 2010.

Here are a few other notes from camp:

– Pelfrey said his bullpen session went just fine and actually threw about 55 pitches, which is more than most pitchers at this point in camp. But he said he’ll be on the same schedule as everyone else this spring and has no doubts he’ll be ready for Opening Day despite undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

– Kyle Gibson, who is also coming off Tommy John surgery, said he won’t be facing any restrictions this spring either. He threw his first official bullpen yesterday and reported no problems.

– Catcher Joe Mauer said he was impressed by both Tim Wood and Josh Roenicke in bullpen sessions today. Wood is one to watch for this spring, as he was named the International League reliever of the year the last two seasons. And Roenicke is coming off a career year, as he posted a 3.25 ERA in 88 2/3 innings with the Rockies.

– Gardenhire said Twins pitchers will start throwing live bullpens starting on Monday. Position players are required to report tomorrow with the first full squad workouts set for Saturday morning.

Day 7: Zumaya’s injury dampens day

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was supposed to be just another day of full workouts at the Lee County Sports Complex, but it all changed after just 13 pitches from right-hander Joel Zumaya.

Zumaya, throwing live batting practice for the first time this spring, felt discomfort in his right elbow and cut his throwing session short.

He’s scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow morning, and we should get the results by tomorrow night or Monday morning, according to Twins general manager Terry Ryan.

The Twins are hopeful he just broke up some scar tissue — similar to what Joe Nathan experienced last year before he came back even stronger after a stint on the DL — but considering his injury history, there’s a reason to be concerned. Worst-case, Zumaya will need Tommy John surgery, which he’s never had done despite his lengthy list of injuries.

Speaking of Tommy John surgery, Twins GM Terry Ryan shared some positive news about prospect Kyle Gibson, who had the surgery done on Sept. 7. Ryan said he expects Gibson to be back in action this summer, which means he’s recovering at a good rate considering most pitchers need about 12 months to come back after the surgery.

“He’ll pitch this summer,” Ryan said. “I think we anticipate him pitching this summer. In fact, I don’t think, I know. It’s not anything different than the schedule.”

Other notes from today:
- The Twins are trying to get Ben Revere to bunt more this year, as he squared up to bunt just 15 times last year in 481 plate appearances, recording four hits and three sacrifices. He’s been working with Jerry White and Rod Carew to improve his technique.

- Former shortstop Trevor Plouffe is working out with the outfielders, as he prepares to become the club’s fourth outfielder. He’ll also get some work in the infield soon, but the Twins are more worried about getting him comfortable as a corner outfielder.

- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he’s impressed by Danny Valencia so far in camp, as he worked hard to improve his fielding. “He’s way better,” Gardenhire said. “He’s bent over, he’s going to the ball low. As he told me, that was an adjustment. That was a big adjustment for him, because he’s so used to standing up and going after a ball and having to go all the way back down to the ground.”

- Ryan praised both catcher J.R. Towles and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce, as they were both former top prospects with the Astros and Pirates, respectively, before signing Minor League deals with the Twins this offseason. Towles will get a fair shake to battle Butera for the third catcher spot, while Pearce will get a shot as a utility player who could see time at first base, outfield and third base.

- Alexi Casilla is bothered by a sore calf, but has been participating in the workouts with no problems. Luke Hughes, who has a strained right shoulder, still can’t throw yet, but has been fielding grounders all over the infield.

Here’s video of Zumaya throwing to Justin Morneau shortly before his injury.

And here’s photos from today’s workouts, including of Zumaya before his injury:

Gibson to undergo Tommy John surgery

ANAHEIM — Twins top pitching Kyle Gibson, who was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament earlier this month, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday.

The Twins were hopeful Gibson could rehab his injury in Fort Myers, Fla. without surgery, but Twins general manager Bill Smith said Gibson will instead have the surgery done by Dr. David Altchek in New York. The recovery time is usually about 12 months.

“Kyle Gibson has completed the initial phase of the rehab program at our training facilities in Fort Myers,” said Smith in an e-mail. “Based on the results, and in consultation with Kyle and our medical staff, the best treatment is to proceed with ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, also known as Tommy John surgery.”

Gibson was officially diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament on Aug. 9. He received a second opinion from Altchek on his injured right elbow in New York on Aug. 22, but was told to finish the initial phase of his rehab before deciding whether to get the surgery.

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 Aug. 3. The 6-foot-5 right-hander is the 33rd-ranked prospect in baseball and No. 2 in the Twins’ system, according to MLB.com.

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.

Gibson gets second opinion on injured right elbow

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins top pitching prospect Kyle Gibson received a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek on his injured right elbow in New York yesterday, according to general manager Bill Smith.

Gibson, who was officially diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament on Aug. 9, is still expected to avoid Tommy John surgery for now.

“Dr. Altchek recommended continued rehabilitation in Fort Myers, [Fla.] and we will reevaluate after the initial phase of the rehab program,” Smith said.

Gibson still could undergo Tommy John surgery in the offseason, but the club is hopeful he can avoid the surgery through rehab.

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

Gibson, the club’s first-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, had struggled before hitting the DL, 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.

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 MLB.com.

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.

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