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Game 20: Baker meets with media

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins right-hander Scott Baker met with the media today for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in New York on April 17.

The surgery came as a surprise, as he was scheduled to undergo surgery to clean up scar tissue on his flexor pronator tendon, but Dr. David Altchek decided he also needed his ulnar collateral ligament repaired once he began the operation.

Baker, though, said he was prepped for the possibility of the Tommy John surgery, as Altchek told him there was about a 20-percent chance he’d need the procedure.

“Initially, I was pretty emotional but I think a lot of it had to do with the anesthesia,” Baker said of his first reaction. “Once it wore off and I kind of came to I was in the right frame of mind and I talked to the doctor and he explained to me what was going on I was OK with it. You can’t make any guarantees but he was fairly certain that the ligament would have gone shortly after.”

Baker, 30, said the rehab time for the surgery is expected to be nine to 12 months because the ulnar collateral ligament was not replaced. Instead, it was just strengthened with a tendon from his near his hamstring. The rehab for the originally planned surgery was expected to be six months.

Look for a longer story on Baker later tonight at Twinsbaseball.com.

In other news, right-hander Kyle Waldrop, who is on the DL with a UCL strain, will head out to Fort Myers, Fla. tomorrow to being a rehab assignment. He’s expected to need three too four appearances in extended Spring Training before he’ll be ready to go.

First baseman Chris Parmelee also said he’s feeling fine after being hit on the helmet on Wednesday. But there’s still timetable for his return, as he’s still day to day.

Royals (5-14)
1. Jarrod Dyson, CF
2. Alex Gordon, LF
3. Billy Butler, DH
4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B
8. Brayan Pena, C
9. Alcides Escobar, SS

LHP Everett Teaford (0-1, 3.86 ERA, 6.04 FIP, 7 IP, 3 K, 5 BB)

Twins (5-14)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Trevor Plouffe, RF
8. Ben Revere LF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Carl Pavano (1-2, 4.73 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 26 2/3 IP, 17 K, 5 BB)

Game 31: Butera, optioned, Twins lineup vs. Pirates

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins made another round of roster moves this morning, optioning catcher Drew Butera to Triple-A Rochester, sending right-hander Kyle Waldrop to the 15-day disabled list and reassigning Michael Hollimon to Minor League camp.

The big news is the decision to send Butera to Triple-A, which means the Twins will keep two catchers on their roster — Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit. Butera saw plenty of action with the Twins over the last two seasons as a backup catcher, but struggled to hit big league pitching, hitting just .178 with 21 extra-base hits in 376 at-bats.

It also bodes well for Chris Parmelee because the move also means that Justin Morneau is almost a lock to start the season as designated hitter. Because if the Twins wanted to make Doumit their primary DH, they would need to carry a third catcher.

Waldrop, meanwhile, was placed on the DL retroactive to March 26 with a right elbow strain. He’ll be eligible to come off the DL on April 12.

Hollimon had himself a nice spring at the plate, hitting .360, but also made some mistakes in the field. But he’ll add depth to Triple-A Rochester, and could be their starting third baseman.

The Twins now have 31 active players in camp: 15 pitchers (two non-roster), three catchers (one non-roster), eight infielders (two non-roster), and five outfielders (one non-roster).

Twins (17-13)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Trevor Plouffe, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ryan Doumit, RF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Chris Parmelee, 1B
9. Brian Dozier, SS

RHP Anthony Swarzak

Twins reserves: Brian Dinkelman, Ben Revere, J.R. Towles, Sean Burroughs, Jamey Carroll, Luke Hughes, Alexi Casilla

Twins pitchers: Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Esmerling Vasquez, Caleb Thielbar, Bruce Bugh, Luis Perdomo

Waldrop headed to 15-day disabled list

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed to reporters in Dunedin that right-hander Kyle Waldrop will start the season on the Major League disabled list with a strained right elbow.

Waldrop felt discomfort in a throwing session on Thursday, and will be shut down temporarily.

“I think he’s OK,” Ryan told reporters, including MLB.com’s Adam Berry. “We just don’t have enough time.”

Waldrop said he first felt the discomfort before his outing against the Yankees in Tampa on March 23, and that it only worsened from there.

It’s a tough break for Waldrop, as the sinkerballer had a strong chance to make the club after posting a 1.50 ERA in six Grapefruit League appearances.

“It’s disappointing but it’s baseball,” Waldrop said. “Injuries happen. I just have to take care of it right now and move forward. It’s a long season. It’s not like this is something that’s going to require surgery, so I’m just going to kind of deal with it and get better, get healthy.”

Waldrop, 26, added that he hopes to get back on the mound soon, and that he’s still proud of the way he performed this spring.

“It’s a little setback, but I’m not going to keep my head down,” Waldrop said. “This is something that I’ll come back from and get healthy, and I’ll be all right.”

Game 29: Waldrop shut down, lineup vs. Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins have their last split-squad action of the spring today, as they host the Red Sox and travel to Dunedin to play the Blue Jays.

There are a lot of Minor Leaguers on the trip to Dunedin, and a few who will see action in the game at Hammond Stadium.

But one pitcher who won’t be throwing in either game will be right-hander Kyle Waldrop, who has been shut down with a strained right elbow, as reported yesterday.

I had the chance to catch up with Waldrop this morning, and he said he tried to test out his elbow in a throwing session yesterday but felt discomfort. He added that he first began to feel discomfort before his outing against the Yankees on March 23.

It’s unfortunate timing for Waldrop, considering he appeared primed to make the club out of Spring Training. But as he pointed out, it’s still early and he still has a chance to make an impact this season.

Anyways, I’m covering the game here in Fort Myers, so here are the lineups for both the Red Sox and Twins.

Red Sox (12-11-3)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
6. Cody Ross, LF
7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
8. Mike Aviles, SS
9. Nick Punto, 1B

RHP Daniel Bard

Twins (16-12)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Brian Dozier, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Sean Burroughs, 3B
7. Luke Hughes, 1B
8. Trevor Plouffe, RF
9. Michael Hollimon, 2B

RHP Nick Blackburn

Twins reserves: Drew Butera, Ryan Doumit, Estarlin De Los Santos, Evan Bigley, Angel Morales, Anderson Hidalgo

Twins pitchers: Brian Duensing, Matt Hauser, Luis Perdomo

Game 12: Liriano, Burnett struggle in loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Left-hander Francisco Liriano allowed four runs over three innings, and the Twins managed just five hits in an 8-2 loss to the split-squad Blue Jays at Hammond Stadium.

The loss dropped the Twins to 6-6 in Grapefruit League play. They travel to Clearwater on Wednesday to face the Phillies and ace Roy Halladay.

What went right: Relievers Kyle Waldrop, Jared Burton and Matt Maloney kept their ERAs at 0.00, as they combined to retire all 10 batters they faced.

Waldrop threw a perfect fourth inning with a strikeout before Burton tossed a 1-2-3 fifth inning with two strikeouts. Maloney struck out Anthony Gose to end the sixth before retiring the side in order in the seventh with two more strikeouts.

The three pitchers have combined to throw 12 1/3 scoreless innings with 15 strikeouts and two walks allowed so far in Grapefruit League action.

It’s still early, but all three have made a strong case to join the bullpen out of camp with their impressive results.

Burton — the only non-roster invite of the three — remains the most likely to make the club given his success as a setup reliever with the Reds before injuries plagued him the last few seasons.

Maloney, who has experience as a starter, is a candidate to be a long reliever. He’s also a left-hander, and even though fellow left-handers Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing are locks to make the roster, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he has no problems having three lefties in the bullpen.

Gardenhire also gave Waldrop his full vote of confidence, saying that he believes that the sinkerballer is Major League ready.

The offense didn’t do much on the afternoon, but Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 with a run scored after being hitless over his previous four games. Luke Hughes also played all nine innings at second base and went 1-for-3. Trevor Plouffe and Steve Pearce picked up RBI singles in the sixth.

What went wrong: Liriano cruised through the first two innings but ran into trouble in the third inning.

He loaded the bases with nobody out, and ended up allowing back-to-back doubles to Travis Snider and Travis d’Arnaud with one out. The one positive was that he didn’t walk a batter and struck out five, but he also plunked Mike McCoy in the third and struggled with his command that inning.

Reliever Alex Burnett continued his struggles, allowing four runs on five hits and a balk while recording just two outs in the sixth inning.

Burnett, who is competing for a spot in the bullpen, hasn’t helped himself much this spring with a 16.80 ERA in 2 2/3 innings. He also struggled in a “B” game against the Pirates on Sunday.

What they said: “It was one of those games where there wasn’t a lot of movement on our side,” Gardenhire said. “We got behind early and played a little bit too much defense with not enough offense.”

What’s next: Right-hander Jason Marquis is set to make his third Grapefruit League start on Wednesday against the Phillies at 12:05 p.m. CT at Bright House Field. Marquis has allowed five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings so far this spring. Brian Duensing, Jeff Manship, Esmerling Vasquez, Luis Perdomo, Jeff Gray and Aaron Thompson are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins. Phillies ace Roy Halladay starts for Philadelphia.

Injury update: Center fielder Denard Span missed his second straight game with neck stiffness. But he took batting practice without any issues and is expected to make the trip to Clearwater on Wednesday. … Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka was held out of the lineup for the second straight day with sprained left pinkie. Nishioka, though, is expected to start at shortstop against the Phillies. … Infielder Steve Pearce left Tuesday’s game with a strained right calf and is day to day.

Game 9: Valencia powers Twins to victory

BRADENTON, Fla. — Danny Valencia helped the Twins get out of their offensive slump with a three-run homer to lead the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday at McKechnie Field.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Twins, who improved to 4-5 in Grapefruit League play.

What went right: Valencia looked good at the plate, hitting an opposite-field double in the fifth inning off Jo-Jo Reyes before crushing a three-run shot off Reyes in the sixth.

The homer was set up by a two-out walk from Josh Willingham and a single from Justin Morneau. Morneau, who served as designated hitter, went 1-for-4 at the plate, including a deep fly ball to center field in the first. Willingham went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Right-hander Anthony Swarzak tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of right-hander Terry Doyle, who struggled. Jared Burton, Matt Maloney, Kyle Waldrop, Lester Oliveros and P.J. Walters each tossed a scoreless inning.

“They’re doing fine,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of the relievers in camp. “We’re just looking at different guys. We see some guys we like a little bit. We like their arms. We see the ball coming out, but still, they’ve only been out once or twice. I think, let’s give them a couple more times out and see where we’re at.”

What went wrong: Doyle didn’t have his best stuff, as he allowed two runs on seven hits — including three doubles — and a walk over 2 2/3 innings.

Doyle, a Rule 5 Draft pick who must remain on the active roster all season or be offered back to the White Sox, didn’t exactly help his case to make the club. It was also Twins manager Ron Gardenhire’s first time seeing him pitch.

And while Valencia certainly had a good day offensively, the rest of the Twins combined for just four hits — singles from Willingham, Morneau, Rene Rivera and Alexi Casilla.

Also, despite 14 hits, including a homer from Oswaldo Arcia and two doubles from Chris Parmelee, the Twins also lost 8-2 in a “B” game to the Pirates earlier in the day. Scott Baker pitched in two innings, but recorded just four outs, surrendering six runs (five earned) on six hits, including a two-run homer by Matt Hague.

“Baker was not very good at all,” Gardenhire said. “He got beat around pretty good. He threw the ball. We’ll see how he does from there. Maybe that “B” game format, he might need a little more preparation than that riding the bus and all that trying to pitch. He didn’t react well to that.”

What they said: “We had two good ballgames today,” Gardenhire said. “We had 13 or 14 hits in the first one, then out here today we came up with some big hits too. A better day.”

What’s next: Right-hander Nick Blackburn is set to make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the split-squad Yankees at 12:05 p.m. CT at Hammond Stadium. Blackburn has tossed three scoreless innings in two “B” games against the Red Sox this spring. Brian Duensing, Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise and Deolis Guerra are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins. Right-hander Phil Hughes is slated to start for the Yankees.

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