Notebook: Day 1 injury updates, Sano, Parmelee, Guerrier, Ibarra
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Here are a few quick updates from the first day of Twins spring training:
Chris Parmelee struggled last season -- .228/.309/.354 - and in January had a ganglion cyst removed from his right wrist.
He said he took only about 7-10 days off after last season before he started light running and lifting. But the January surgery set back his offseason hitting a bit. He said he's not worried about individual stats, rather just being an option at as many defensive positions as possible: corner outfield, designated hitter, first base. He's in the mix, but at 25, he may have to prove this spring that he belongs on the 25-man roster.
One thing helping his odds to make the club this spring: hitting coach Tom Brunansky lives near Parmelee in the offseason in Southern California.
Sano a full-go
Third baseman Miguel Sano received a clean bill of health during a recent physical at TwinsFest. That would suggest the elbow concerns that had Sano shut down for winter are a thing of the past.
Still, the Twins played it carefully Monday with the power-hitting prospect.
"On the list that they gave me yesterday at the meetings, Sano is ready to go," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Obviously we're going to tell him to take it easy early. But he's had no problems whatsoever. He's ready to go.
"When we start doing our infield stuff - and we've told them down the street, 'start off a little slow and go from there.' But supposedly everything is fine."
Left-handed pitcher Edgar Ibarra has Hepatitis B, Assistant General Manager Rob Antony said Monday.
Ibarra did not throw a bullpen and the Twins will monitor his progress. Antony said he's not worried about the Hepatitis being contagious, as Ibarra was in the clubhouse Monday.
He's in Fort Myers and will have other tests. Right now he's limited to playing catch, Antony said.
How's the arm, Matt?
Former Twins reliever Matt Guerrier had offseason to repair the flexor mass in his right arm. Guerrier, now back on a minor league contract, threw a bullpen Monday, but was limited to fastballs, Antony said.
Over time, he'll mix in his breaking pitchers, perhaps as early as this week.
That could be just general precaution, as Guerrier's surgery was in August.
"A couple of guys who had some surgeries, Matt Guerrier, guys like that, we're going to start off a little slower," Gardenhire said. "I don't think there was any man on the list that was a no-go."
Video recap of Day 1 from Hammond Stadium.
Phil Hughes throwing his first official Twins bullpen.
Ricky Nolasco's first official Twins bullpen.
--1500ESPNLive blog running throughout the whole first week of Twins spring training, A great place to find photos, videos and news updates on the Twins.
--Kyle Gibson will be a father in about three weeks. In about six weeks, he hopes he'll be in the Twins' rotation.
--And here are 20 questions the Twins will have to answer about their upcoming season.