Notebook: Florimon expected to be discharged, arrive in next few days
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon is scheduled to be released from the hospital today after he had his appendix removed Monday, Assistant General Manager Rob Antony said.
"He'll be laid up for a couple days. As soon as he feels up to it he'll come wandering to the park and stuff but he's going to be pretty limited on any activities for at least two weeks."
Manager Ron Gardenhire said he's not concerned that the missed time will interfere with Florimon making the roster and being ready to start at shortstop on opening day.
"He'll be here for light work and all that stuff and then let the trainers tell us when he can go from there. But everything went good. He's good. Feels good. Feels better anyway. Still a little sore," Gardenhire said.
Position players don't have to do work for spring training until the first full-squad workout, which is Saturday. But plenty have chosen to come early to get work done and to get back into baseball.
Since they're not required to be here, players get to choose what they do.
Second baseman Brian Dozier, for example, did fielding drills but did not do base running drills. Antony said that's not because he's hurt, but every position player activity is voluntary at this stage.
The first full team workout is Saturday.
Guerrier on the mend
Monday marked the six-month anniversary since Matt Guerrier had surgery to repair his right flexor mass. He stuck to fastballs for his bullpen session Monday but said he planned to throw some breaking pitches Tuesday on flat ground.
The Twins brought in Guerrier on a low-risk minor league deal. Guerrier, 35, said he intends to fight for a spot in the bullpen.
Former Twins closer Eddie Guardado works as a special assistant during spring training, and he helped out with pitchers' fielding drills Tuesday. Gardenhire said Guardado took a spill while working the drill, and the players and coaches shared a laugh at Guardado's expense. As usual, Guardado was in on the jokes, too, laughing along despite being the butt-end of the one-liners.
"Eddie bit it," Gardenhire said. "Eddie did the tuna out there fielding ground balls at first base. That was the highlight of the day."
TK coming soon
Former Twins manager Tom Kelly is expected to arrive Friday and begin work with the position players at the first full-squad workouts Saturday.
One of his projects this spring may be getting Joe Mauer acclimated to full-time first baseman's duty.
"You know TK. As much as Joe wants to work. It's not how much TK wants to, it's how much Joe wants to do it. TK will be there every day," Gardenhire said.
"He's as good as they get around the bag and teaching the footwork and everything. That's his passion. That's what TK has always done."