The Twins' workout on Thursday was so short that there wasn't time for anyone to get hurt. That's stretching it a bit, but the Twins are done for the day and off to their annual charity golf tournament to raise money for cancer care.
Pitchers got their mound work in and worked on fielding drills.
MLB Network's Peter Gammons stopped by to watch the catchers take batting practice when Orlando Hudson walked back and started giving it to him.
``The only reason you're here is because the Red Sox are right down the street,'' Hudson said. ``You haven't changed, Gammons.''
It was all in jest, of course. Hudson hasn't stopped smiling since he got here.
Watched Wilson Ramos and Joe Mauer take batting practice. Ramos hasn't turned on the power switch, yet. Mauer, on the other hand, never has to worry about his bat.
``That was smooth and crisp,'' Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra said after Mauer blasted a pitch out to right.
Alexi Casilla reported on Thursday, leaving three players - Justin Morneau, Estarlin De Los Santos and Juan Portes - absent. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire acknowledged that Morneau's absence is a sign that he understands he needs to back off his workload. Morneau historically has reported early and is in the batting cage at 7 a.m.
Nick Punto.coming back from wrist surgery, took some right-handed swings in the batting cage while trainer Dave Pruemer flipped him balls.
Chatted with Danny Valencia today. Valencia realized during the offseason that he needed to get to winter ball, and joined Mayaguez of the Puerto Rican league. Mayaguez ended up playing in the Caribbean World Series. Valencia, the Twins best third base prospect, said it definitely was worth the experience.
I asked him about the incident at Class AAA Rochester during which he was ejected for arguing a play at the plate.
``Yeah, I read your blog,'' he said. ``You guys don't miss anything. You had the details and everything.''
It's nice to know that he thinks that, but I don't hear EVERYTHING that goes on in the minors.
Speaking of Rochester, the documentary that was worked on all last season is about to air'. Not sure when it will available in the Twin Cities. Heard in the clubhouse this morning that Trevor Plouffe, Drew Butera and Dustin Martin got plenty of camera time.
it should be interesting. But I began to have concerns when I heard that they re-enacted Jose Morales being called up during the season because they weren't in the clubhouse the day it really happened.