Good morning! It's overcast here at Hammond Stadium and rain is in the forecast. That's too bad, because the Twins are scheduled to participate in a charity golf tournament this afternoon that raises money for cancer care. Today's workout will be a short one - perhaps even shorter if it starts to come down.
It's drizzling right now, but the players are on the field. That includes Kennys Vargas, who is back from five days in Puerto Rico to visit relatives. Joe Mauer said he planned to hit on the field today, so that group on the back field should be worth watching.
It looks like everyone has reported. Infielder Argenis Diaz, infielder Jose Martinez and infielder Heiker Meneses - all non-roster invites - were in the clubhouse this morning.
Rod Carew flew in yesterday. And Tom Kelly was in the clubhouse this morning.
That's right, T.K. is here. Kelly suffered a minor stroke during the offseason but has been cleared to participate in camp. And he's going to hit fungoes during the daily, ``Good Morning America,' drills.
``As long as I don't hit that switch I had 25 years ago,'' Kelly said.
Kelly looked and sounded good, but knows he's a lucky man. He also has no worries about Paul Molitor stepping in as manager despite not having any game experience. Kelly feels Molitor's work in the minors - he's watched a lot of games in the dugouts of the Twins' farm teams - has put him in enough game situations to help prepare him for game management.
He did suggest to Molitor that he use some of the final games of spring training to manage as if they were regular season games.
The Twins are talking with the Pirates about scheduling a B game on March 9 in Bradenton in addition to the regularly scheduled game. The Twins and Bucs seem to play a B game every year. Rick Anderson is friends with Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage - and new pitching coach Neil Allen is friends with Searage going back to their days with the Mets. Small world.
Bert Blyleven stopped by this morning. Remarked about how great the renovated park looked, then mumbled something about the same old media being here, using a word that's not fit for a family blog.
Ricky Nolasco, Ervin Santana, Trevor May and Tommy Milone are among the pitchers throwing in the bullpen today.