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MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins officially recalled outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester on Monday to take the place of outfielder Wilkin Ramirez, who was placed on the paternity list on Sunday.
Arcia, ranked as the No. 93 overall prospect according to MLB.com, was in the lineup against the Angels, batting seventh and starting in left field to mark his Major League debut.
Arcia, 21, said he was notified of the decision that he would be called up by Rochester manager Gene Glynn on Saturday after the Red Wings played in a doubleheader. He added that he told Twins manager Ron Gardenhire he was willing to play wherever they put him even though he’s mostly been used in right field throughout his Minor League career.
“I told him I was ready to play wherever,” Arcia said through translator Bobby Cuellar.
Left field, center, right — I played all of these all the time in Venezuela.”
Gardenhire added that Arcia was originally slated to start at designated hitter but Josh Willingham came in feeling sick, so Willingham was out of the lineup with Arcia getting the start in left. Ryan Doumit started at DH.
Arcia, who was the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year last season, was off to a hot start at Triple-A, hitting .414 with three homers, two doubles and eight RBIs in nine games.
“We wanted a guy who could swing it and he’s been swinging it pretty good,” Gardenhire said. “So he’ll come up here and we’ll see what happens. Hopefully he’ll have some fun. The kid can hit.”
But Arcia’s stay with the Twins could be short, as Ramirez — whose fiancé, Karaine, gave birth to a daughter named Venus on Sunday in New Jersey — is expected to rejoin the Twins on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Arcia, though, said the coaching staff hasn’t discussed with him if there’s a chance he can stick on the roster if he impresses against the Angels.
“I really don’t know,” Arcia said. “Nobody has really told me.”
SARASOTA — Twins outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia pulled his intercostal muscle on Friday, and the club isn’t sure when he’ll return, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.
Arcia, ranked as the club’s No. 5 prospect and the No. 93 overall prospect according to MLB.com, was expected to start in right field in the Hammond Stadium opener against the Rays tomorrow.
But he’s scheduled to meet with team physician Dr. John Steubs today instead to determine how long he’ll be out.
“He got hurt,” Gardenhire said. “He pulled a intercostal muscle. He did yesterday morning early working out. So they told me Dr. Steubs will check him today and we’ll know about the days [he’ll be out]. But obviously they don’t go away overnight. So there’s a chance it might be a little bit before he sees action again.”
Arcia, 21, is considered a long shot to make the club out of Spring Training, as the Twins plan on using Chris Parmelee as their starting right fielder to open the season. Arcia is expected to open the year at Triple-A Rochester but could be called up during the season if he hits like he did last year when he hit .320/.388/.539 with 17 homers and 36 doubles in 124 games split between Class A Advanced Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain.
“I wanted to get some looks at him so it’s kind of disappointing,” Gardenhire said. I wanted to see him swing. But those things happen. So we gotta get him well now.”
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Workouts started early and players quickly filed out of the clubhouse before noon, as today was the club’s annual golf tournament.
The big news was the arrival of first baseman Justin Morneau. But Morneau only showed up to drop his stuff off in his locker, and said he plans to meet with the media tomorrow.
With Morneau in camp, only Oswaldo Arcia and Pedro Florimon have yet to show before tomorrow’s first official workout for position players. It was wrongly assumed by reporters that Florimon was already in camp, but general manager Terry Ryan said he expects him to be here in time for tomorrow’s 8:30 a.m. meeting.
In other news, Tsuyoshi Nishioka met with the media and had some interesting things to say about the upcoming season. And Ryan indicated that Nishioka could see some time at third base this spring to prepare for a utility role. For more details on that, check out the notebook that will be officially posted later today.
The Twins also added catching prospect Danny Rams to big league camp, giving them nine catchers on the roster. Ryan said the move was done because there are so many pitchers in camp.
Ryan also said the club scheduled two more “B” games. The Twins, who already scheduled one with the Red Sox for 1 p.m. ET on March 1 at Hammond Stadium, added another against the Red Sox at 10 a.m. on March 7 at Hammond Stadium and one against the Pirates at 10 a.m. on March 10 in Bradenton.
Other notes from today:
– Luke Hughes continues to progress after getting a cortisone shot in his right shoulder. He’ll be out of action for a more days before working out with the team next week.
– Ron Gardenhire worked with Alexi Casilla and Brian Dozier on the practice field today. Says he likes Dozier’s defense but he’s trying to help him slow down a little bit.
– Ryan Doumit is expected to catch fly balls in the outfield and play some first base during drills this spring. Joe Mauer is also scheduled to see some practice time at first.
– Gardenhire had this to say about his former Mets teammate Gary Carter, who passed away last week after a bout with brain cancer: “He played like a little kid. He enjoyed the heck out of it. He was a hustle guy, always hustled. Liked the cameras. He liked the cameras. He was perfect for New York. He had that big smile on his face. We used to tease him all the time. He did the milk commercials. It was perfect for him. He should be doing milk commercials. Dipping an Oreo cookie into it, too. Great guy. Treated everybody like he knew you forever. Treated me like a king. Didn’t matter if you were No. 1 on the team or No. 25 on the team. He treated everybody the same and always had a smile. Very intense when he caught. Wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the other team. Defended his pitchers and defended his team and also was a pretty good player.”