Twins notes: Diamond loosens up in more ways than one

  • Updated: March 6, 2013 - 11:51 PM

Diamond loosens up in more ways than one

Scott Diamond threw nearly 50 pitches in the Twins bullpen Wednesday morning and immediately discovered a side effect of the increase in work.

“He had a smile on his face for a change,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “You didn’t see too many smiles on his face, but today he made some strides. He understands what the plan is, the timeline, where we’re at. He’s feeling pretty good. He’s starting to be able to do some things with a baseball.”

That timeline includes another workout or two in the bullpen, then a one- or two-inning debut March 18 against the Marlins. It’s too early to say whether Diamond, who had bone chips removed from his pitching elbow in December, will be ready to come north at the end of the month, but Gardenhire said it doesn’t matter.

“I’m not too worried about it, as long as he’s healthy when we get there,” Gardenhire said of the lefthander, who won 12 games last season. “He’s going to have to get his [number of] pitches up, get to 90-plus pitches. We’ll see how long that takes him.”

WBC preparations

Twins prospects Jose Berrios pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday and Eddie Rosario lined a single in three at-bats for Puerto Rico against the Twins, leading Gardenhire to say he was happy for them as they prepare for the World Baseball Classic.

“Good for those kids. I’ll bet they’re having the time of their lives, standing over there with some pretty good players in that dugout,” Gardenhire said of a Puerto Rico roster that includes major league veterans such as Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina and Alex Rios. “Rosario can do nothing but get hits for us. I told him I was going to kick his butt if he got a hit against us, and he did it anyway.”

True, but Alex Burnett immediately picked off the Class A second-base prospect.

Hicks’ smash hit

Aaron Hicks led off the bottom of the first inning by smashing a fastball over the right-field fence, a home run that plunked a skinny palm tree about halfway up, sending the baseball back onto the field. Hicks followed by drawing a walk, then lining a single to right in the third.

It’s getting difficult for Gardenhire to mask his excitement over the rookie outfielder. “He’s doing great. He’s getting good hits,” the manager said. “I just like him up there — he’s a prototype [leadoff hitter], a switch hitter, not afraid to take pitches, not afraid to take walks. Whether he can handle the leadoff role, I haven’t decided that. First he’s got to make this baseball team — and he’s working his way right towards it.”

Healing outfielders

Darin Mastroianni took batting practice for the first time in almost a week, and Gardenhire said he plans to put him in the lineup Friday. Another outfielder, Oswaldo Arcia, has yet to play this spring because of a strained intercostal muscle but should play Sunday or Monday.

On deck

The Twins split their roster Thursday. Kyle Gibson starts opposite Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee in Clearwater, while Kevin Correia pitches vs. Boston at Hammond Stadium.

PHIL MILLER

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
7:05 PM ET123456789RHE
MinnesotaT. May (0-3)000
BaltimoreM. Gonzalez (6-7)000
@theBallpark
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box

ADVERTISEMENT

Cincinnati - M. Leake 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
Minnesota - T. May 6:05 PM
Baltimore - M. Gonzalez
NY Yankees - C. Capuano 6:07 PM
Toronto - M. Buehrle
Philadelphia - D. Buchanan 6:10 PM
NY Mets - J. deGrom
Boston - A. Ranaudo 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - C. Archer
Miami - T. Koehler 6:35 PM
Atlanta - E. Santana
Cleveland - D. Salazar 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Vargas
Detroit - J. Verlander 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - S. Carroll
Texas - S. Baker 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Oberholtzer
Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks 7:15 PM
St. Louis - S. Miller
Colorado - C. Bergman 8:40 PM
Arizona - J. Collmenter
Oakland - J. Lester 9:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
Los Angeles - D. Haren 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Washington - J. Zimmermann 9:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Milwaukee - W. Peralta 9:15 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Atlanta 24 FINAL
Jacksonville 14
Detroit 23 FINAL
Buffalo 0
Indianapolis 7 FINAL
Cincinnati 35
Kansas City 14 FINAL
Green Bay 34
NY Jets 7 FINAL
Philadelphia 37
St. Louis 13 FINAL
Miami 14
Carolina 10 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
New England 13 FINAL
NY Giants 16
Washington 24 FINAL
Tampa Bay 10
Baltimore 22 FINAL
New Orleans 13
Chicago 13 FINAL
Cleveland 33
Denver 27 FINAL
Dallas 3
Minnesota 19 FINAL
Tennessee 3
San Francisco 40 FINAL
Houston 13
Arizona 9 FINAL
San Diego 12
Seattle 31 FINAL
Oakland 41
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Houston 7:00 PM
Sporting Kansas City
Ottawa 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 9:00 PM
Phoenix
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close