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MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins shook up their middle infield after Tuesday’s 8-4 loss to the Tigers, as they optioned rookie shortstop Brian Dozier to Triple-A Rochester and selected the contract of infielder Pedro Florimon from Rochester.
Dozier, 25, hit .234/.271/.332 with six homers and 33 RBIs in 84 games since being recalled from Rochester on May 7. He also was tied for the lead among American League shortstops with 15 errors.
“He’s a kid who’s been up here, and he’s battled through this year,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. “He’s had his good days, he’s had his tough days, and basically he just needs to go down and play every day. He’s got to work on his defense. There’ve been certain things that he needs to work on — cut-offs, positioning, that type of thing.
“But he also needs to be a little more consistent offensively. He’ll have some good games, but he gives away too many at-bats. He needs to be a little bit more consistent, and I think he’s taking too many defensive swings. It’s just an opportunity for him to go down, relax, get his confidence back, play every day, and work his way back up here.”
Dozier, the Twins’ Minor League Player of the Year last season, said he wasn’t exactly surprised by the move because he hasn’t been hitting like he did before his callup, as he’s a career .305/.379/.416 hitter in four seasons in the Minors.
“I’d have sent me down because I haven’t been playing the way I know how to play, and that I’m capable of doing,” Dozier said. “I know what I’m capable of, especially being up here for a few months now. I know my style of my game and everything, and I think it’ll be fine. Just get back down there and work hard and get a few things ironed out.”
Dozier’s last game came Sunday, when he threw to first base on a slow roller hit to him at shortstop with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning. Dozier played it safe on the play and got an out but it allowed the go-ahead run to score in an eventual 7-3 loss.
But Antony said the move had nothing to do with the play, as it was not based on his recent play but on his overall body of work.
“I think it was a lot longer process,” Antony said. “We really were trying to be patient because we know with a young player and a rookie, he’s going to have his ups and downs. But it just got to the point where we felt it was better for him rather than continue to battle through it up here to go down to Rochester to try to get his game in order.”
Florimon, meanwhile, is known more for his defense up the middle. The 25-year-old hit .251/.308/.354 in 82 games with Rochester.
“He’s done a terrific job defensively,” Antony said. “He’s hitting .251, so he’s not hitting a ton. But at the same time, he’s done a very, very good job defensively. He’s improved a lot offensively over the course of last year to this year.”
SARASOTA, Fla. — The Twins made another round of roster cuts this morning, optioning outfielder Joe Benson and right-hander Jeff Manship to Triple-A Rochester, and reassigning catcher Rene Rivera and infielder Pedro Florimon to Minor League camp.
None of those moves came as a complete surprise, although Manship was in the running for a spot in the bullpen and Florimon had a chance to stick as a utility infielder after Tsuyoshi Nishioka was optioned to Triple-A.
But Manship struggled in a recent outing against the Yankees and ended up with a 5.19 ERA, while Florimon hit just .148 with one extra-base hit.
Right-hander Anthony Swarzak makes his first start of the spring against the Orioles today. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are both in the lineup again today, as Mauer is starting at first base and Morneau is serving as designated hitter.
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Luke Hughes, 3B
6. Chris Parmelee, RF
7. Ben Revere, LF
8. J.R. Towles, C
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B
RHP Anthony Swarazak
Twins pitchers: Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Alex Burnett, Jeff Gray
1. Nolan Reimold, LF
2. Nick Johnson, DH
3. Adam Jones, CF
4. Matt Wieters, C
5. Mark Reynolds, 3B
6. Wilson Betemit, RF
7. Chris Davis, 1B
8. Robert Andino, SS
9. Ryan Flaherty, 2B
LHP Tsuyoshi Wada
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.”
DALLAS — The Twins claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon from the Orioles and placed him on the 40-man roster.
Florimon, 24, batted .267 with a .344 on-base percentage and .396 slugging percentage in 133 games with Double-A Bowie last season. He also hit eight homers, 27 doubles and three triples with 15 stolen base in 27 attempts.
The switch-hitter also saw action in four games with the Orioles as a September callup, hitting .125 with a double and two RBIs in 10 at-bats.
With the move, the Twins currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.