Nishioka savors his alone time

Being a superstitious sort, Tsuyoshi Nishioka is not working out on the same field as his new teammates yet.


Twins infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka during a workout on Thursday.

Photo: Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Nishioka savors his alone time

FORT MYERS, FLA. - Tsuyoshi Nishioka, earlier in the week, was taking grounders and hitting with his new teammates.

The past couple of days, he has been working out alone on a minor league field while the rest of the early-arriving Twins position players go through drills on an adjoining field.

"One thing that I know about Japan and Japanese baseball over there is if they do something and they have a really good year, they like to do the very same thing," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I've heard this over and over again. So, he's doing the very same program that he did leading up to spring training last year for his Japanese team -- the very same stuff, because he won a batting championship."

A superstitious ballplayer? No way.

Nishioka, who batted a league-high .346 last season for the Chiba Lotte Marines, is not obligated to train with Twins teammates until Wednesday, when position players join pitchers and catchers for workouts.

Gardenhire has told Nishioka, through interpreter Ryo Shinkawa, that he's welcome to wear Twins gear and to join the rest of the team in the main clubhouse. Nishioka has elected to stick with his program on the minor league side, where he has a strength coach and massage therapist/nutritionist with him.

But it is odd that he's on one field and the other players are on a field next to him.

Is this rubbing the Twins the wrong way?

"We haven't even got him over here," Gardenhire said. "How can you rub him?"


• Twins lefthander Francisco Liriano recently had an MRI on his sore shoulder in Miami. The Twins obtained a copy and saw nothing to be concerned about. Liriano will try to play catch in a couple of days.

• Righthander Scott Baker threw in the bullpen Saturday. He feels some discomfort when he throws his changeup, so he won't throw many changeups for a while.

• Bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, who has been a fixture at spring training since 1981, is recovering at his home in Chicago after having surgery to repair a detached retina in his right eye. He hopes to get clearance to fly to Fort Myers in about a week.

• Bullpen catcher Nate Dammann returned to the Twin Cities on Friday to be with his wife, Katie, for the birth of their first child, a daughter named Ada.


Age: 28 Position: Righthanded pitcher

1. His full name is James Hoey V.

2. He and his wife drove to Fort Myers on Jan. 2 so he could work out at the Twins complex.

3. Can hit 98 miles per hour on the radar gun, but shoulder surgery in 2008 has stunted his progress.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Minnesota 94 FINAL
Philadelphia 103
Houston 93 FINAL
Boston 87
Portland 99 FINAL
Atlanta 105
Sacramento 90 FINAL
Cleveland 101
Toronto 127 FINAL
Brooklyn 122
Dallas 93 FINAL
Miami 72
LA Clippers 103 FINAL
New Orleans 108
Golden State 100 FINAL
Utah 110
Chicago 93 FINAL
Phoenix 99
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 1
St. Louis 3 FINAL(SO)
Carolina 2
Nashville 0 FINAL
Colorado 3
Buffalo 2 FINAL
Vancouver 5
Chicago 4 FINAL
Anaheim 1
Harvard 75 FINAL
Princeton 72
Quinnipiac 57 FINAL
Canisius 63
Brown 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
Siena 79 FINAL
Manhattan 87
Marist 65 FINAL
Niagara 61
Dartmouth 51 FINAL
Penn 58
Oregon 68 FINAL
Arizona State 67
Yale 63 FINAL
Columbia 59
Monmouth 60 FINAL
Fairfield 59
Western Ill 63
Oregon State 34 FINAL
Arizona 57
Kent State 55 FINAL
Buffalo 80
Canisius 75 FINAL
Monmouth 58
Butler 67 FINAL
Providence 59
Cornell 65 FINAL
Brown 52
Columbia 47 FINAL
Yale 55
Coll of Charleston 47 FINAL
Drexel 64
Penn 55 FINAL
Dartmouth 39
Elon 60 FINAL
James Madison 89
(19) Princeton 96 FINAL
Harvard 46
(9) Florida State 82 FINAL
Georgia Tech 62
Quinnipiac 87 FINAL
Siena 62
Richmond 54 FINAL
Rhode Island 50
Loyola-Chicago 58 FINAL
Southern Ill 64
Georgetown 52 FINAL
DePaul 93
Villanova 75 FINAL
Marquette 59
Wichita State 70 FINAL
Northern Iowa 51
Xavier 65 FINAL
Creighton 74
Bradley 58 FINAL
Illinois State 55
Missouri State 89 FINAL
Drake 94
Arizona 48 FINAL
Utah 62
(11) Arizona State 68 FINAL
Colorado 60
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: How optimistic are you about the 2015 Twins?

Weekly Question