FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins took their mandatory preseason physicals this morning. For some, it didn’t go well.
The Twins flu that has been circulating since before camp opened struck two new victims Monday, and will keep three others out of action for a second straight day. Kurt Suzuki and Oswaldo Arcia each took their turn with team doctors, who then sent them home for the day. Byron Buxton, Trevor May and Jordan Schafer also arrived, saw a doctor and left, their second day sidelined by the illness.
A Twins official said there may be more to come, too, since a few players are starting to show symptoms of the virus.
Trevor Plouffe, who has missed the past two workouts, is back, though he doesn’t appear to be 100 percent. He said he felt OK, good enough to play, “but I haven’t eaten yet.” He was anxious to get going, though, and said he figures he will stay — although he’s tempted to go home and resume binge-watching “House of Cards.” He got through six episodes on Netflix yesterday, he said.
Besides the players, several members of the Twins’ staff say they have been afflicted, or were just before camp and are just starting to feel fine again. Manager Paul Molitor said he’s not too concerned yet. “At least it’s not the mumps,” he joked Sunday.
The Twins have only two more long workouts, today and tomorrow, before the spring games begin. The Gophers will be here for the grand opening of renovated Hammond Stadium on Wednesday night, and the Red Sox visit from across town on Thursday. Then the Twins go three weeks without another night game (and only one day off) before a trio of late starts during their final week in Florida.
Alex Meyer is on today’s schedule to throw live batting practice, so he is back on schedule after missing three days for his grandfather’s funeral.