Twins reliever Ryan Pressly has avoided landing on the disabled list, but just coming down with a slightly sore shoulder last weekend taught him a big lesson.
Pressly reported soreness in his triceps during the weekend while the Twins were in Washington but that felt fine a day later. The soreness was actually in the back of his right shoulder.
He blames himself for slacking off in his in-season conditioning work.
“Right now I have to kick my butt and do my shoulder program,” said Pressly, a Rule 5 draft pick who is 2-0 with a 1.24 ERA and has been a revelation.
Pitchers stretch and strengthen their arms to help them get through the season. Pressly said he usually follows his program twice a week but has done it only once over the past two weeks.
“Not smart,” Pressly said. “Not smart at all. Didn’t get much sleep [Monday] night, thinking about it. You never want any problems with anything, but a shoulder is more complicated than an elbow problem.”
Pressly threw in the bullpen before Tuesday’s game with no problems and the Twins expect him to be available Wednesday.
The Twins bullpen was short another arm Tuesday. Jared Burton remained sore after the series in Washington. The Twins had hoped he would be ready Tuesday as well.
Time to sign
The Twins have reached tentative agreements with several players they selected last week in the first-year player draft.
Those close to signing include third-round pick Stuart Turner, a catcher from Ole Miss; sixth-round pick Brian Navaretto, a catcher from Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., righthander Brian Gilbert, a seventh-round pick from Seton Hall and 10th-round pick C.K. Irby, a righthander from Samford. The agreements are pending physicals.
The Twins continue to negotiate with first-round pick Kohl Stewart of St. Pius X High School in Houston and hope to have an agreement soon. Stewart, in fact, might travel to the Twin Cities by the end of the week to undergo a physical as negotiations near completion.
The Twins believe they have a good chance to sign their 25 picks from the draft, which lasted 40 rounds.
Slight edge, Philly
As of now, the Phillies have gotten the better end of the deal involving Ben Revere because Revere is still in the majors.
The Twins sent Revere to Philadelphia during the offseason in exchange for righthander Vance Worley and righthanded prospect Trevor May. Revere has struggled with the Phillies, batting .244 with a .288 on-base percentage.
“It’s one of those adjustment things to see what they’ve got,” Revere said. “It’s tough but I just have to deal with that. No matter what you do, just have to keep fighting.”
Worley was the Twins’ Opening Day starter but went 1-5, 7.21 and was sent to Class AAA Rochester. Worley on Tuesday gave up seven earned runs over 5⅔ innings to Toledo as he fell to 1-3 with the Red Wings with a 4.74 ERA. May is 5-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 starts at Class AA New Britain.
Revere was cheered loudly during lineup introductions. Revere batted .278 and stole 74 bases in parts of two seasons with the Twins.
“It [was about] some guys they really had to get,” Revere said. “I’m not mad at them. They gave me a chance to be a major league player. I just thank them for that.”
• Prospect Alex Meyer, who’s being shut down a few days because of a sore right shoulder, also underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Tuesday that came back negative. The Twins received Meyer from Washington during the offseason in exchange for center fielder Denard Span. Meyer is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts for the Rock Cats.