FORT MYERS, Fla. — For a quiet Saturday morning, there is a lot of activity at Twins camp.

    Not all of it was happy, either. Ryan Pressly, the hard-throwing right-handed reliever, was optioned to Class AAA Rochester this morning, after a disappointing spring. Pressly, 26, who spent the entire 2013 season in the Twins’ bullpen, came into camp as a strong candidate to earn a spot in the 2015 pen. But his fastball has been hittable all month — in his four Grapefruit League appearances, he never gave up fewer than two hits — and his ERA stood at 8.31 when manager Paul Molitor delivered the bad news today.

    That brings the roster to 42 players, and more importantly, 11 relief pitchers for seven spots. (If a starting pitcher winds up in the bullpen, it’s six spots.) Glen Perkins, who today will face major-league hitters for the first time this spring, owns one of those spots, and it’s presumed that Brian Duensing, Tim Stauffer and Casey Fien are assured of a job as well.

    That leaves this group, with two or three positions available: A.J. Acuter, Blaine Boyer, J.R. Graham, Mark Hamburger, Stephen Pryor, Caleb Thielbar and Aaron Thompson. It remains a possibility that Tommy Milone or even Mike Pelfrey might be given a relief role, too, if they don’t earn a starting job.

    Those decisions are no more than two weeks away now.

    As for today, Molitor took half the team north to Port Charlotte, where they will play the Rays, while the other half stays at Hammond Stadium to face the Orioles, with Joe Vavra as acting manager. (The home game is televised on Fox Sports North.) Five minor leaguers are in uniform today: pitchers Cole Johnson and Brandon Peterson, catcher Matt Koch, infielder Tony Thomas and outfielder Wilkin Ramirez.

    It’s a big day for Trevor May, who will start against the Rays, and Milone, who pitches to the Orioles. Along with Pelfrey, they are locked in a battle for the last spot in the starting rotation.

    Here are the lineups for today’s games:




Machado 3B

Pearce 1B

Jones CF

Young RF

Reimold DH

Alvarez LF

Schoop 2B

Joseph C

Janish SS


Gonzalez RHP




Santana SS

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Hunter RF

Arcia LF

Plouffe 3B

Suzuki DH

Pinto C

Hicks CF


Malone LHP, followed by Perkins, Duensing, Graham.






Schafer LF

Escobar 2B

Nunez 3B

Vargas 1B

Rosario RF

Robinson CF

Fryer C

Grimes DH

Bernier SS


May RHP, followed by Hamburger, Thompson, Achter.




DeJesus DH

Guyer 3B

Cabrera SS

Loney 1B

Jennings LF

Francisco 3B

Franklin 2B

Casali C

Kiermaier CF


Odorizzi RHP

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