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Notebook: Dozier's sore back, charity golf tournament, intrasquad set

Notebook: Dozier's sore back, charity golf tournament, intrasquad set

by Derek Wetmore
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - All 64 players from the Twins organization expected to be in Fort Myers for spring training have reported, the Twins confirmed.

Jason Kubel, Eduardo Escobar, Danny Santana and Jorge Polanco all were in the clubhouse Thursday.


Shortstop Pedro Florimon spoke with the media Thursday after having his appendix removed Monday.

Afterwards, he chatted with a half-dozen Spanish-speaking players.

Here's the full story on Florimon's overnight scare, and his plan to be ready for opening day.

Dozier's back

Second baseman Brian Dozier has a sore back, manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Dozier has participated in some drills this week, but sits out others, as he chooses. Position players are not required to work out until Saturday.

"He's had a little bit of a sore back or something like that. Precaution," Gardenhire said. "They aren't due to be here until Saturday so I told him to lay low but he's actually doing really good. He'll be ready to go by Saturday.''

Ryan gets good news

Terry Ryan went into Mayo Clinic for a one-week checkup following surgery to remove cancerous cells. Everything went well, according to the Twins. He's now back at home resting.

Guerrier on fastball-only diet

Matt Guerrier threw a full bullpen session Thursday, about eight minutes, according to pitching coach Rick Anderson.

Guerrier, who on Monday celebrated 6 months out from surgery to repair his right flexor mass, is working his way back slowly. He said he will throw breaking pitches on flat ground, but has not yet thrown them in a bullpen. He intends to take off two days in between bullpen sessions, instead of the normal one.

Guerrier, 35, said that he's been told a normal recovery time from the surgery is anywhere from 6-8 months, but there are not many Major League precedents for the procedure. The Twins plan to be cautious with Guerrier's development.

"The same stuff as other pitchers he's just a little lighter workload. We're not going let him push it. By no means is here going 100 percent right now," Gardenhire said.

Guerrier likely is a candidate for the Twins' bullpen, but it's a crowded competition.

Golfing for charity

Players hurried out of practice Thursday to get to a charity golf tournament, held annually for at least 15 years.

The tournament, at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, benefits the Lee Healthy System's Regional Cancer Center.

More than 30 current and former players and coaches are expected to participate, according to Bryan Donaldson, the Twins' senior director of community affairs. There is also a bowling tournament Sunday at Gator Lanes in Fort Myers.

Intrasquad set

The Twins will hold an intrasquad scrimmage Feb. 27, Gardenhire said. Following 10 days of drilling fundamentals, the team had an opening on its calendar.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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