Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring Training Notes-3/1

  • Today, closer Joe Nathan pitched 1 inning, in the team's 5-0 loss to the Red Sox. He only allowed a walk while getting the other three batters to flyout twice and groundout. Nathan reportedly was clocked in the 86-90 MPH area on the radar gun today. This is a great step for him and his recovery. Also its a positive sign for a bullpen that will need as much help as it can get in 2011. Nathan said he feels "normal" following his outing, which is another good sign for him returning to form in 2011.
  • Also today, it was announced the Michael Cuddyer had the wart on his left foot removed. He will now be out 7-14 days. Honestly, i'm glad this happened now and it was taken care of now, rather than waiting it out. Last year Cuddyer battled a knee injury most of the season, which explains for his falloff in production. Hopefully, with healthy knees and feet, he can return to his 2009 form where he hammered 32 home runs.
  • As La Velle Neal writes, Justin Morneau was in Pittsburgh today to be examined as he continues to return from a concussion suffered in early July. If all goes well (Knock on Wood), Morneau could be cleared to play very soon. He has been hitting, fielding, and running so far in camp and reportedly has had no setbacks yet. Again, here's to hoping he checks out and can start playing so he can be ready for Opening Day. (Also, if you don't read La Velle's blog, here is the link. He updates it multiple times a day with what is going on around the team down there in Fort Myers)
  • Yesterday, reports started to swirl about a Francisco Liriano to the Yankees trade again. But another report said that the teams haven't spoke in a month or so. I won't say much on it if and when this rumor gains serious steam. Also, it was surprising to see Liriano was yanked from his start on Friday in the 'A' game, to now where he will start the Twins 'B' game the same day. I got a funny feeling about him (No contract extension, no opening day start, trade rumors, and lack of work ethic played into this feeling).
  • With the 5-0 loss today, the Twins now trail in the Mayor's Cup series with Boston 2-1. Since both teams play their Spring Training home games in Fort Myers, the Mayor's Cup goes to the team with the better head to head record at the end of Spring. Its been a while since the Twins won the Cup. The last time they won...I'm not to sure. I'll do some digging. Check back later or check my twitter.

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