Brian Dozier was in the original Twins starting lineup against the Red Sox on Saturday, but was seen in street clothes and carrying three bottles of water and three bottles of an energy drink.
Dozier is sick, meaning the Twins aren’t quite done with the bug that swept the clubhouse during the first week of workouts that forced five players to be sent home to recover.
It’s early enough in camp for any missed time to have an impact on the approaching regular season. But, after watching Oswaldo Arcia, Jordan Schafer, Trevor May, Kurt Suzuki and Trevor Plouffe miss workouts or games, the Twins thought they had survived the storm. Dozier coming down sick raises fears that another wave is coming.
“I thought we were past it about two days ago,” Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said. “Unfortunately we’re not. The good thing about that is you know what you are dealing with, it’s about a two- or three-day thing.
“And hope it doesn’t creep up into the front office.”
In every other case, players missed two to four days because of the flu, which makes Dozier doubtful to play Sunday against Baltimore.
Catcher Josmil Pinto played catch and hit in the cage Saturday as he tried to recover from a strained right quadriceps suffered during a running drill. “It feels better,” he said.
But Pinto hasn’t been cleared to take part in drills or catch in the bullpen. Until then, Pinto will remain the only position player not to have appeared in a spring training game. And he needs to get on the field and impress the coaching staff enough to bring him north at the end of camp.
“He’s been set back a couple days here,” Ryan said. “But for the most part we’re just getting going. I don’t think this is going to affect him at all with the ability to make this club.”
Ryan said Pinto came to camp in good shape, so to get banged up is disappointing.
• Righthander Alex Meyer, who missed four days last week to attend his grandfather’s funeral, will make his spring debut on Monday in a B game in Bradenton against Pittsburgh.
• May, a righthander who missed two days last week because of the flu, will make his spring debut on Wednesday when the Twins play host to Tampa Bay.
• The Twins turned 4-6-3 double plays — Doug Bernier to Danny Santana to Max Kepler — in the second, third and fourth innings.
• Pitching coach Neil Allen is having his pitchers try to throw changeups this spring. In addition to Hughes, Mike Pelfrey attempted to throw a split-fingered changeup on Saturday against the Red Sox.
Righthander Ervin Santana makes his Twins debut on Sunday as they play host to the Orioles at Hammond Stadium. Jose Berrios, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, Mark Hamburger and Aaron Thompson are scheduled to pitch as well. Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to start for Baltimore.
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