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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario is dealing with mild tendinitis in his right triceps and has been placed on no-throw status. The Twins don't see the issue as serious at this point but if the symptoms persist, he would be sent for further tests. Rosario hasn't played since Sunday, when he was lifted after four innings at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he will be re-evaluated Friday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — While initial conversations regarding a multiyear deal for Byron Buxton have yet to gain traction, according to a person with direct knowledge, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler say they haven't been approached. "No, not yet," Sano told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday, March 6. "I want to take my time, want to play my game. If something happens, it happens, but I'm not thinking about that. I'm thinking about playing my game."
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Even with a club-record $118 million payroll projected for Opening Day, the Twins continue to prowl for pitching upgrades. They recently offered a two-year, $20 million contract to free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, according to a person with direct knowledge. That idea proved a non-starter as Lynn, the 30-year-old former all-star and three-time 15-game winner, opted to keep waiting for a suitable deal.
CLEARWATER, Fla. — With his baggy uniform, chunky frame and slightly bemused smile, Twins catcher Willians Astudillo resembles a certain Twins pitcher of great popularity and recent vintage. Miguel Sano has taken note of this and, despite the fact Astudillo is from Venezuela and Bartolo Colon is from the Dominican Republic, has been good-naturedly teasing the 5-foot-9 catcher about his appearance. "I know Miggy dropped a 'Colon' on him the other day," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Max Kepler is one of seven players in Twins history with three home runs in a single game, yet he has yet to hit more than 19 in a season. Some observers have suggested the young right fielder could easily boost his power numbers by joining the launch-angle revolution and starting to loft deep flies with more regularity, but the thoughtful Berliner won't be tempted.
DUNEDIN, Fla.-- Back at TwinsFest in mid-January, Fernando Rodney said he would probably take Tyler Duffey out to dinner and talk to him about his vaunted changeup as compensation for taking over uniform No. 56. Duffey, who had worn that number for the Twins since 2015 and now wears No. 21, said that dinner has yet to happen. "It's early," he said. "We've got time. I'm not going anywhere." Nor, unfortunately, has Rodney had a chance to assist Duffey with his changeup, which was the primary reason he lost his spot in the rotation after making 36 starts in 2015-16.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Brash and outspoken earlier in his career, new Twins slugger Logan Morrison may have acquired a reputation in some circles as being a challenge to manage. Edwin Rodriguez knows better. "He's a leader," Rodriguez, 57, said this past week by phone from Arizona, where he is preparing for his role as a major league coach with the San Diego Padres. "His leadership shows up everywhere he goes. He makes an impact on every team at every level. He will help in the clubhouse. He will help the manager keep everybody on the same page."
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Now that Joe Mauer has gotten his Grapefruit League schedule under way, even banging out his first hit of the spring on Friday afternoon, the next major event will be his older brother's arrival. Traditionally, Jake and Joe Mauer have been a package deal at Twins spring training. First, they arrived as fellow minor leaguers after being selected 22 rounds apart in the 2001 draft.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tests on the right knee of backup catcher Mitch Garver showed no structural damage, leaving the Twins' reigning minor league player of the year hopeful of returning to game action as soon as Sunday, March 4. "There's no tear," Garver said Friday morning. "There's nothing severe. It's just some swelling, some fluid behind the kneecap."
JUPITER, Fla. — Twins manager Paul Molitor did a double take when informed Thursday of the nickname Logan Morrison has bestowed upon him: "Paulie 3K." "Paulie what?" the manager said. "What's he go by, LoMo? I'll have to think of something besides that." Molitor said he didn't exchange text messages with Morrison until the signing became official but was looking forward to chatting more in person on Friday morning, when the 30-year-old first baseman/designated hitter is scheduled to make his Twins spring debut at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.