The Twins are well into spring training and hold a record of 10-7. They are striving despite some of their key players being away for the World Baseball Classic.
The Twins have also had a number of players out for injuries. Three of their outfielders were out with different injuries- Chris Parmelee, Darin Mastroianni and Oswaldo Arcia.
Mastronianni returned on Saturday when the Twins played the Pirates. He was out for more than a week because of a left hamstring strain.
Oswaldo returned to the Twins on Sunday when they played the Pirates again. He made his appearance after missing the first 15 games, while suffering a strained intercostal muscle. As for Parmelee, the Twins are taking it day to day. He is out with a groin injury.
Deolis Guerra is expected to be out at least three months because of a blood clot in his right shoulder. He had to undergo surgery to remove part of his rib in order to make more room for his artery.
Trevor Plouffe suffered an injury on Sunday. He was unable to play against the Pirates because he aggravated his strained right calf.
In the mix of playing games and dealing with injuries, the Twins have also started making cuts. Bryan Augenstein, Nick Blackburn, Alex Meyer, Lester Oliveros and Esmerling Vasquez were all reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday.
Blackburn and Oliveros are both out with injuries. Blackburn will not be ready for the start of the season, and Oliveros is out until July, according to an MLB.com article.
The Twins thought Meyer was an impressive pitcher, but they voiced some concerns about him. “He’s a legitimate starting pitcher and we need to make sure his three- pitch mix—which he has—is polished up,” said Ryan according to an MLB.com article.
The Twins look to be off to a good start. If they lower the number of injuries they should be in good shape for the 2013 season.