Once again, we're under overcast skies here at Hammond Stadium as the Twins begin a busy day at the park.
Manager Paul Molitor, GM Terry Ryan, PR maven Dustin Morse and director of team travel Mike Herman are taking turns making their annual speeches to the team. After 90 minutes of blah-blah-blah, the Twins will hit the field for their workout, which they hoped would be around 9:30 eastern.
The speeches usually take place the day of the first full squad workout, which actually is tomorrow. But MLB planned its domestic violence presentation tomorrow, so the Twins had to alter their plans.
No move on Santana
The Twins were keeping an eye on pitching targets right up until camp but didn't pull the trigger. One pitcher they kept tabs on was former Cy Young winner - and Twin - Johan Santana.
There was contact between the Twins and Santana's agents, but it ended up not being a good fit. Santana is on the comeback trail after blowing out his Achilles last year - during a comeback with the Orioles following shoulder surgery. The Twins were in on Santana right until the wire then, but as interested in him this time around, and Santana signed this week with Toronto.
It strange around here. The Twins usually bring in some reclamation project to camp. Rich Harden, Joel Zumaya, even a hitter like Sean Burroughs. They don't have such a player in this camp.
Joe Mauer hit on the field Thursday and said he felt great. In fact, he resisted the urge to really let it loose until his final turn in the cage. Mauer has to stay healthy and prove he can regain his old form, but the Twins are encouraged that he's felling good - and in a great mood.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is now on twitter. With Ausmus and the Cubs' Joe Maddon as members of twitter nation, has Molitor considered opening an account? ``“I don’t see that happening right now. I’m learning the basics,'' he said. ``My computer skills have improved over the years. I don’t have time.”